Global Action on Poverty builds and supports changemaking communities to eradicate poverty.

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Global Action on Poverty (GAP) builds and supports changemaking communities to eradicate poverty.

GAP, an initiative by the Head Held High Foundation supports committed, passionate individuals (Changemakers) who are tirelessly working to bring people out of poverty. We offer our Changemakers a range of resources and capabilities to accelerate their journey and enable them to deepen the impact they create.

Changemakers require focused support and diverse perspectives to be able to create a larger impact with their initiative. They are often looking for guidance and support from experts in different areas so that they can address the challenges they are facing. Global Action on Poverty (GAP) has on boarded industry experts to share their expertise and experience to address these challenges so that they can accelerate their impact.

GAP Experts Program has been created as a mentoring program with a vision to make relevant knowledge and expertise available to Changemakers through Experts who have years of experince in the area. They can provide Changemakers with domain specific knowledge regarding a particular organization function, inputs on developing strategy, operational advice on their projects and also share their networks and connections.

Experts can play a key role in the Changemakers’ journey by having collaborative and supportive conversations so that they can take their initiative to the next level.

Mentoring is a process in which the Expert helps the Changemaker to develop his or her goals and skills through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities.
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For Changemakers

This program provides many benefits to you as a Changemaker and enables you to;

  • Develop a supportive relationship with an Expert
  • Get assistance in addressing particular issues that you may be facing
  • Develop problem solving skills through effective advice in any area
  • Build confidence and get encouragement from an experienced individual
  • Get professional advice and guidance to make the best decision in any given situation
For Experts

The Experts also draw benefits from a mentoring relationship. As a Mentor, one gets the opportunity to share their wisdom and experiences, evolve their own thinking, develop new relationships, and deepen their skills.

As an Expert, you can be a Facilitator, Advisor, Role model, a Motivator, a Confidant, a Challenger and a source of inspiration. You also get an opportunity to utilize your expertise for supporting a social cause and being part of many Changemakers’ amazing journeys.
We have two types of experts - Organizational Function Experts & Domain Experts.

Organizational Function Experts who have experience in managing business and organizational functions:
  • Fundraising
  • Finance & Accounts
  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing & Beneficiary engagement
  • Operations
  • Data and Impact Monitoring
  • Volunteer Management
  • Partnerships
  • Organization Strategy
  • HR and Hiring
Domain Experts who have deeper expertise in the following areas of social change:
  • Agriculture
  • Education & Skill Building
  • Livelihoods & Enterprise
  • Water, Sanitation & Energy
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Healthcare
Changemakers will be able to have 2 sessions of 1 hour each per month with an organizational or domain expert. These sessions will be spread over a period of 3 months. These sessions will support Changemakers to improve their plans and strategies.

To request for the GAP Expert Program, fill this Expert Request Form
Each Changemaker and Expert will have an initial conversation to finalize the following before starting the engagement:

  • Starting date of the mentoring engagement
  • Objective(s) of the mentoring engagement
  • Specific outcomes (if any) that the Changemaker wishes to achieve through the mentoring
This is an opportunity for experts to share their knowledge and experience to a group of individuals who will benefit tremendously from it and directly use it to create impact in their communities. The experts can also benefit from the relationships with the Changemaker as they gain new insights on some of the important work that Changemakers are doing in their communities. By actively participating in a Changemaker’s journey, business experts can translate their professional experience to the social sector.
As a GAP Changemaker, one gets to engage with a professional and socially aware Expert over a short and focused duration. Although the engagement duration is short, it is important that both parties follow the program structure and general guidelines for a fruitful engagement.

We have a few general guidelines for our Experts
As an Expert to GAP Changemakers, we request you to kindly consider the following points for the mentoring sessions:

  • As an Expert /Mentor to the Changemakers (CMs), we would appreciate and encourage you to be empathetic while questioning and listening to the mentee and be a confidant to them
  • Motivate the Changemakers to be goal oriented
  • Be a guide to the Changemakers and empower them to be in full charge of their initiative.
  • Manage the framework of the mentoring sessions (frequency of meetings, timescales, action plan), while encouraging the CM to take responsibility for the content
  • Help the CM see the bigger and longer term picture and help them consider different perspectives
  • Share your personal experiences and examples with CMs. It might help them understand better.
  • Maintain a professional and friendly relationship with the Changemaker, but also challenge him/her when appropriate.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of your engagement with the Changemaker and do not let third parties assess the Changemaker’s progress.
  • Finally, at GAP, our ethos of Excellence, Connection, Warmth and Empathy pervades all that we do and we would like to encourage you to adopt it wherever possible.
We also have some general guidelines for our Changemakers
As a Changemaker taking up the mentoring program, we would request you to follow few basic guidelines to be able to get the maximum from your engagement with the Experts:

  • Be committed to your development and assume the responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge
  • During the engagement, be honest and open about your expectations, goals, challenges and concerns
  • Respect your Mentor’s/Expert’s time and resources
  • Take responsibility for the agenda and initiate meetings with the Mentor
  • Come to your sessions prepared with a clear idea of what topics or issues you want to address
  • Actively listen and question
  • Build a supportive and trusting environment and seek advice, opinion, feedback, and direction from your mentor
  • Be prepared to be challenged by the mentor
  • Be open to constructive criticism/feedback and ask for it
  • Give feedback to your Mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship
  • Apply what you learn from your sessions back on your initiative


If you are interested in being a GAP Expert and have an experience of 10 or more years in your area of expertise, please do fill the

GAP Expert Interest Form

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GAP Serve Partners:

The Vision of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centered, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.

TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization out there.

APAC is a group of committed coaching practitioners and advocates working together to bring the power and value of coaching to every workplace and home, within the Asia Pacific Region and beyond.

CII - Young Indians Bengaluru Chapter is among the 40 chapters across India of Young Indians CII. Comprising professionals, entrepreneurs and members of corporate India who volunteer their time on various projects and through partners towards Nation Building, Thought Leadership & Youth Leadership.

The Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) is a pioneering institution established to develop the discipline of Development Management. The school aims to facilitate the creation of a cadre of professional leaders and managers for the development sector.