Episode 45 Interview with Jagdeesh Rao, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Ecological Security, India

Jagdeesh Rao is the Chief Executive of the Foundation for Ecological Security, India (FES). FES is working towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in ecologically fragile, degraded and marginalised regions of India, primarily through the concentrated and collective efforts of village communities.

FES works with almost 9,000 village communities across eight Indian states, helping protect more than 4 million acres of common lands. FES helps villagers secure community rights to publicly-owned land and support regulations tomanage it in a more sustainable and productive way.

In this interview, Jagdeesh discusses: 

  • How FES works to reduce rural inequalities
  • The vital importance of decentralized governance of natural resources
  • How FES balances short and longer term ecosystem regeneration
  • How ecosystem regeneration, even in the short term, generates economic benefits
  • The surprisingly long term perspective taken by village communities

Episode 30 Interview with June Sugiyama, Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation

June Sugiyama is Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, a role which she has played for more than 10 years. June has led the Foundation’s transition towards impact through technology related programs.

June also developed the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology solutions to address critical social issues around the world.

Over the last 7 years, the Wireless Innovation Project has awarded nearly $3 million to not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and universities supporting  a spectrum of high potential mobile and wireless technology solutions.

In this interview, June discusses: 385bf5f

  • The growing role of foundations in financing social good
  • How the Wireless Innovation Project works and funding criteria
  • Different projects that the Vodafone Foundation has supported
  • How social entrepreneurs are using hybrid for-profit and not-for-profit structures to finance their projects