ISED and its think-tank platform, the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory have decided to set up ‘Response Group-New Kerala'(RG-NK), as a think-tank cum volunteering platform, driving for a ‘New Kerala’, as visualised by the Chief Minister. Envisaged as a regular platform of the Kerala watchers and enthusiasts, RG-NK will have, as its members, all who respond to this call.
RG-NK is a pure technical assistance platform. Its sole purpose is to see things happen in a larger agenda of shaping a ‘New Kerala’, as visualized by the Government of Kerala. The objective of the RG-NK is to ensure ‘going an extra mile’ , beyond the ‘wishful thinking’ of thousands of Kerala -lovers across the world. In an attempt to do this, the RG-NK invites the following forms of participation in this platform:
• CSR Window: Adoption of Village/Clusters
It is an excellent opportunity for well-meaning companies around India, to fruitfully use their CSR funds for a genuine cause, of course, with a business case (eg: “Adopt a Loom”). We, at ISED, as experienced CSR practitioners, can help you with effective project ideas having a long term business case.
• Market Development assistance
A helping hand can come from elsewhere in the country, regarding market development assistance to the flood-affected producers(eg: handlooms, rare craft items).
• Search for Local vendors
The invaluable skills of the local producers and craftsmen need to be preserved and augmented. Should you be interested in a potential vendor relationship with them, of course with a business case, do not hesitate to contact us .
• Bulk Sourcing Offers
There are a number of cases around the State, where stock and inventory have got damaged partially or fully. It is important that, in a rejuvenation package, fresh blood of orders must come with a helping hand. For instance, in case a company elsewhere is interested in such bulk purchases, along with new orders, do not hesitate to contact us for sharing ideas.
Volunteering services are a state of the art form of technical assistance to small producers and craftsmen. If you are a Private Sector Development Specialist, or should you be interested to send a few of your employees with some technical expertise as volunteers, ISED would be happy to help you with ideas.
• “Know Kerala” drive
Enterprise and entrepreneurship in Kerala, amid the State’s huge visibility in relation to education and health, did not get the attention they deserve. Read through Kerala-specific research findings at the ISED Small enterprise Observatory
• Research Collaboration & Faculty Exchange
It is important to analyze, in depth, impacts on the income streams and opportunities , as also the new opportunities that may come up. Rigorous research has to happen, ensuring that policy initiatives become strongly evidence-based. We invite the kind attention and cooperation of all concerned scholars, within India and abroad.
• Youth Internships
It is extremely important to note that the youth in Kerala have demonstrated their impeccable commitment to their brethren, by actively participating in the flood relief and rehabilitation programme. Their bravery and commitment need to be showcased not simply by routine compliments, but by a global connect. ISED under its’ International Internship Programme in Sustainable Development’, offers an excellent opportunity for interns from universities and research establishments across the world.
• Support to the Observatory
Institute of Small Enterprises and Development, and the ‘ISED Small Enterprise Observatory’, its premier knowledge platform, have from time to time , contributed to knowledge creation and strategy development in the State. The ISED Small Enterprise Observatory, through its more than two decades of life, has come out with several innovations in policy and practice. However, the Observatory need to grow in leaps and bounds, in order to fulfill its mission. We invite you to join us as a Member of this vibrant knowledge platform(Please contact the Co coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.