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Spring 2022
Lecture Date: March 9, 2022

About the lecture

Mohit Raj shares case studies from Criminal Justice initiatives like Project Second Chance, a first of its kind incarcerated youth engagement fellowship program where he is working with 10,000+ incarcerated men; SocioFarm is provisioning sustainable livelihood initiatives for 400+ tribal farmers around Satpura forest range in Central India; and other educational initiatives to link 20,000 + out of school children from urban, rural and tribal areas. He shifted gears to tailor and lead Covid-19 crisis response under the initiative called India Against Corona(IAC). From providing dry ration to families for weeks during lock down to Direct Bank Transfers to thousands of families, IAC team was able to assist 160,000 people and raised/ deployed more than $1.5 M of relief support in the past 2 years.

Student Questions

Every social problem is multidimensional. How do you determine which dimensions need to be considered, and how do you prioritize different dimensions?

You spoke about the importance of context, do you have any good ways to gain local knowledge more quickly and effectively?

From the systematic way your program solves problems, changes leaders' mindsets, and the effective programs for sustainable impact led by decision-makers, what approaches can we learn from?

Your work focuses on five thematic areas: education, life skills, post-release livelihoods, addiction recovery, and mental health. How did you determine that these areas would bring about change?

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