Action For India’s mission is to help social innovators in India overcome barriers to scale and achieve greater impact at the Bottom of the Pyramid. We bring together social innovators, impact investors, mentors, technology resources, government agencies and local partners.
Launched in 2012, AFI is inspired and guided by Sam Pitroda, Former Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, a pioneer in leveraging technology and resources to address critical economic issues. AFI’s financial supporters include Desh Deshpande, Adviser to the US President Barack Obama & Founder of the Deshpande Foundation.
We are headquartered in Bangalore, India with a chapter in Silicon Valley, California. AFI is a registered Section 25 company in India, and a registered 501(c)3 company in the United States.
THEORY OF CHANGE
Our Theory of Change is built on the following set of premises:
This is underscored by what we hear from early stage entrepreneurs and investors. Entrepreneurs report barriers to entry such as access to funding, technology integration, quality mentorship and a go-to-market platform. Investors (commercial and social) and philanthropists report a dearth of viable and scalable business opportunities in the social enterprise sector.
AFI believes that by creating avenues to marry expectations on both sides, we can help overcome obstacles to achieving scale and to do so sustainability.