Closing Speaker - Day 1 | Impact Failure Conclave 2018

Bezwada Wilson comes from an infamous lineage of Safai Karamcharis (Manual Scavengers), a people who have been subjugated to marginalisation, exploitation and poverty for centuries. Bezwada who founded the Safai...


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What is

Positive impact is defined as the outcome of solutions that lead to better access to services or opportunities resulting in improved quality of life and incomes for under-served populations.

Failures are never absolute failures, they have hidden successes as steps that can help reveal relevant and significant learnings.

What is

and why we don't
think about it?

Not being able to reach the planned and desired level of positive impact, innovation or scale.

Success stories and model projects are always discussed. Discussing failures openly will result in building efficient and higher impact solutions.

About Impact Failure

The aim of the platform is to provide an in-depth and open discussion about the role of failure in the development space. The goal is also to celebrate learnings that emerge from failures and the impact that can be created through the learnings.

How can we change the narrative
thereby seeing success even in failures?

The platform will bring to the forefront failed programs/projects/funding/enterprises in a new light- by analysing the point of failures to create new lessons that can adapted to other scenarios for higher success rates.


Impact Failure Conclave 2018

Opening Speaker
Panel 1: Need for identifying and capturing failures
Increasing appetite for discussion of failures in the sector- how do we celebrate, dissect and maximize the learning from failures
Panel 2: Failures in Philanthropy
Through specific examples of failed grant driven projects/programs, the panelists critically look back and bring out specific learnings for philanthropic organizations
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Session 1: Livelihood
Designing for Growth and Resilience: Presenting failures from different vantage points- operational to ecosystem
Session 2: Health
Designing for Rural Health Delivery Models: Failures in effectively bridging the last mile gaps in healthcare
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Session 3: Built Environment
Provision to Utility: Failures in delivering built environment specific to need
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Closing Speaker
Opening Remarks
Panel 1: Types of Failures
Defining the spectrum of failures: Building in a sophisticated understanding of failure’s causes and contexts to avoid the blame game.
Panel 2: Investment and Entreprenuership
One cannot take the ‘risk’ away from Entrepreneurship and Investment- but can opening about failures result in more intelligent risks?
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Session 1: Energy Access
Product Based Approach to Process Based Approach: Failures in matching technology with context
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Session 2: Education
Scaling Sustainably: Failures in ensuring numbers through scale while ensuring the ‘quality’ of those numbers
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Session 3: Water
Designing for micro to macro: A slight shift in the ecosystem, and the whole model fumbles- Why water access models fail?
Closing Panel
Reflections and Summary
Closing Speaker



The first step to learn from your failure is to decode it. Understanding the type of failure helps you find a course for correcting it.

Lack or inadequacy of human, time, financial or other resources

Planning based on core competencies and abilities of leadership/management Gauging and estimating availability and capacities of various resources.

Counting for human centricity of the program design and incorporating sufficient backup or alternative resources.

Breakdown of smaller internal processes within a program

Flexible processes designed to adapt for best results, appreciating that complex processes do not yield same results every time and overtime.

Program designed to recognize and react to uncertainty of externalities, i.e. ability to predict how dependent external stakeholders react/ interact to the program

Inadequate understanding of the nature/ complexity of the problem

Program designed to expand knowledge, push the boundaries of the issue/solution and investigate to continually improve and achieve better results.

Program designed to be evaluated against the width and breadth of the problem to measure success rates

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Here are three types of failures: Do you identify yours with any of them?


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