Attendees of the flagship Global Action on Poverty event in 2015

GAP 2015 Event

On the 85th anniversary of the Dandi March – a movement where Mahatma Gandhi led thousands of Indians to claim their economic and political rights – the first convention of GAP (Global Action on Poverty) took off at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, catalyse other leaders on another journey.

The two-day GAP conference, on March 12 and 13, held at Sabarmati Ashram and Gujarat Vidyapeeth, brought together over 200 leaders, activists, entrepreneurs and individuals who shared the passion and ambition to remove poverty on a global scale.

Poverty is a complex issue, reflecting social exclusion, opportunity exclusion and income exclusion, all deeply connected with each other. GAP, recognizing the need for a systemic intervention to impact poverty, was designed along the rails of Learning, Collaboration and Action, to enable impact.

 

Learnings

What is the knowledge one needs to achieve one’s goals and does not yet have?
What are capabilities one needs and one does not have?
How will this knowledge be obtained and how will the capabilities be acquired?

Answering these questions were leading stalwarts from the development sector, who as Mentors, were present to inspire, instigate and invigorate others to pursue their goal to alleviate poverty.

The eight mentors at #GAP2015 were:

 

  • Prof Mohd Yunus(Nobel Laureate), Founder, Grameen Bank in Bangladesh
  • Ela Bhatt, Founder, SEWA
  • Aruna Roy, RTI activist and Founder, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghathan
  • Jean Dreze, Development Economist
  • Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder and CEO, Pratham
  • Harish Hande, Co-Founder, SELCO India
  • Harsh Mandar, Director, Centre for Equity Studies
  • Vijay Mahajan, Founder, BASIX
Mentor sharing knowledge at a Global Action on Poverty event
Mentor sharing knowledge at a Global Action on Poverty event
Mentor sharing knowledge at a Global Action on Poverty event
Mentor sharing knowledge at a Global Action on Poverty event
Collaboration

Successful projects to change systemic conditions such as poverty must work with several partners, with their own competencies and specific causes they are pursuing.

 

Poor collaboration is one of the principal causes of failures of well-intentioned and even very well resourced projects aiming to change systemic conditions.

Therefore, GAP aimed at building and strengthening coalitions between people and organizations to create impact.

Changemaker learnings at a Global Action on Poverty event
Changemaker discussions at a Global Action on Poverty event
Exchanging thoughts at a Global Action on Poverty event
Changemaker discussions at a Global Action on Poverty event
Action

One manages what one measures. Insufficient progress along the rails of Collaboration and Learning will stall the progress along the rail of Action. Therefore GAP incorporated milestones and measures for managing progress along all three rails.

Changemakers and Catalysts were invited to write the key milestones along their stories to reach their destination. This helped them learn and determine what next and how, keeping their end goal in mind.

Learning, collaboration and action plan list at Global Action on Poverty event
Discussion at a Global Action on Poverty event
Attendees learnings at a Global Action on Poverty event
Changemaker discussions at a Global Action on Poverty event
The Road Ahead

In a sense, GAP has just begun. We look forward to a year of working together – inspiring, challenging, and reciprocating – with our Mentors, Catalysts and Changemakers. The success of GAP lies in its follow up – on collaborations formed, money raised, knowledge learned, volunteers enrolled, experiments made, actions taken, and so on. We are committed to taking the projects from GAP 2015 to fruition.

Our vision is to eradicate poverty. We want to democratize poverty eradication by enabling a million+ Changemakers creating a positive socio-economic impact, directly or indirectly on people living below the poverty line.

Changemaker discussions at a Global Action on Poverty event
Mentors sharing knowledge at a Global Action on Poverty event
Changemaker discussions at a Global Action on Poverty event
Changemaker discussions at a Global Action on Poverty event
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