Visaara has its roots in Aritra, the Leadership Accelerator Program for Senior leaders in the impact space. Five years ago, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Phicus Social Solutions and Dr. Reddy's Foundation came together to envision Aritra to address an urgent capacity building deficit in India's social sector.
Historically, capacity building has been an area of significant underinvestment in the social sector due to a variety of reasons including project based funding, inadequate focus on leadership and organizational sustainability and so on. Aritra was our first step towards bridging this gap.
Over 3 batches of Aritra, covering 61 leaders over 3 years, we learned a lot through the engagement with the participants and a galaxy of ecosystem stakeholders. Our key takeaways were - capacity building continues to be a gap; leadership development at all levels is a crying need; organization building is not focused on; partnerships and collaborations are not understood and leveraged enough; and institutional and networks' capacity building is scarce.
Visaara has been created to help impact organizations and stakeholders build the capabilities of themselves, their teams, their organizations, their communities and their larger ecosystem, thereby helping them achieve social impact as they have envisioned it.
Strengthening capability for social impact
Early Inputs on Visaara
On January 24th 2020, we invited a few 'friends of Aritra' to a meeting at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) to share with them progress on Aritra, our learnings and to 'test drive' Visaara.
The meeting was very well attended and the validation as well as inputs we got have helped us immensely in shaping Visaara. The meeting minutes are appended alongside.
Prof. Sourav Mukherji
Professor, Org Behavior & HRM
Chair, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Chair, Centre for Management Communication
IIMB Chair of Excellence