We see the spirit of public private partnership as the way forward to demonstrate sustainable innovations in Education, Livelihoods, Climate and Social entrepreneurship and work with a wide spectrum of donors, partners, service providers, NGOs and Government.
Through these strategic partnerships we ensure delivery of co-created and co-managed initiatives with an emphasis on building sustainable local self-reliance. We aim to create a common language and approach to partnering for change in the social sector based on three core principles: Equity (where everyone’s contribution is valued and respected); Transparency (where partners deal with each other in an open and honest manner) and Mutual Benefit (where it is legitimate for all partners to expect a ‘return’ for their own organization / sector)
The vision envisages the creation of a consortium to implement interventions in rural and urban settings to address the social challenges across different geographies, provide lessons learnt to the government and advocate policy change thereby creating an enabling and conducive environment.
You can call us believers, optimists, heretics, catalysts or even smile-chasers! At the end though it’s only our work that defines us, and you can know more about that here.”
- Venkatesh Malur,
President – Sampark Foundation
In 2000, he joined Human & Institutional Development Forum as part of the founding team. The Forum used innovative approaches to support development organizations and NGOs. In 2002 Venkatesh joined Azim Premji Foundation and spearheaded the implementation of Accelerated Education Program in 1500 schools of Karnataka. This was a remedial teaching program which included teacher capacity building and community mobilization. Later he worked as the State Project Head for Karnataka and managed the quality improvement initiatives of the Foundation.
Thereafter Venkatesh worked for UNICEF for eight years in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and New Delhi as an Education Specialist till early 2013. He implemented large scale programs for quality improvement in Lalitpurin Uttar Pradesh which provided inputs for the state quality initiatives. In Chhattisgarh he was the nodal person for implementing a humanitarian program in Naxal affected districts of Dantewada and Sukma in collaboration with NGOs and the district administration. Venkatesh has been closely associated with policy formulation for the implementation of Right to Free & Compulsory Education Act. He has been a member of several committees and taskforces constituted by the Government and Joint Review Missions for the ‘Education for All’ Program. In addition he has been instrumental in creating a coalition of organizations across the country advocating for the children’s Right to Education Forum, a platform of around 10,000 NGOs from 12 states across the country.
Venkatesh holds a Master’s degree in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and in Economics from University of Mysore.
He takes keen interest in Elementary Education and actively spends his time to provide guidance and support for initiatives in Education across the Country. He has been awarded the Prime Ministers Award for excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007-08 was given to him for introducing ABL methodology in Chennai Municipal Corporation.
M P Vijaykumar has been closely associated with the policy formulation at the state and national level for the implementation of ABL. In addition to this he has been instrumental in promoting ABL across various institutions including higher education institutions. At Sampark Foundation M P Vijaykumar, as the Honorary Advisor is providing guidance in the efforts to create positive social impact through the large scale programs and partnerships.