Citi Foundation announced the extension of its social investment for 2018 – 19 with a grant of $500K (₹3.42 crores) to Anudip Foundation for economic empowerment of at-risk youth and women from low-income communities by training in new-age skills for digital employment.
Aimed at propelling economic progress and inclusion in India, the expanded partnership is a part of the Citi Foundation’s India Innovation Grant Programme to address longstanding challenges faced by socially-disadvantaged and vulnerable youth and communities across the nation. With this new strategic alliance that will commence on August 15th 2018, Anudip will impact 3280 unemployed youth aged 18-35 in Pune and Mumbai over a period of 14 months through its unique technology driven program called DIYA (Digital Inclusion of Young Aspirants).
This extended relationship builds on the track record of the ongoing Citi-Anudip venture which began in 2016-17 impacting 1000 professionally-excluded youth in Andhra Pradesh and 2,400 at-risk young people in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Commenting on the scope of impact, Subhra Bandhyapadhya, Vice President, Anudip Training Operations, said “ We are not only proud of the measurable impact of the Citi – Anudip association but thrilled to be able to build on the momentum with this new round of capital which has been entrusted on us.”
Designed to develop digital cognitive capacity of young people, the DIYA curriculum will offer career aspirants from access-limited underserved locations of Maharashtra, a choice of functional proficiency in digital literacy and financial literacy, English and workplace readiness to help them secure sustainable careers. “Citi brings to us a wealth of experience and strategic thinking that complements Anudip’s on-the-ground abilities to support less privileged youth secure digital livelihoods,” said Dipak Basu, CEO and Founder, Anudip. “We are excited that the extension of our association will help us in our mission to scale our work in providing sustainable digital livelihoods for those who need it most.”