India Policy Leadership Lab

Cultivating Collaboration Between Social Investment and Policy in India

Highlights of the AVPN South Asia Impact Capital Festival


Social investment delegates




Women leaders represented

To deepen public-private social investment engagements, the India Policy Leadership Lab aims to enhance the collaborations of Indian policymakers and connect them with non-traditional allies. Emphasising action over theory, this platform taps into an array of human, intellectual, and human capital, and paves the way for innovative collaboration across local networks.

Our Core Mission

To empower public sector agents of change and to increase the states’ capacity in executing and achieving impact goals – and the India Lab creates a viable ecosystem for the policymaker do to so successfully.

The Lab aims to

Improve policymakers’ collaborations in accessing social investment for current and future initiatives

Build meaningful connections with key stakeholders through mentorship and networking

Challenges faced by Indian policymakers in achieving cross-sector convergence for impact

Limited availability of budget, appropriate allocation of time, and interaction with social investors

Limited knowledge of the social investment landscape and lack of access to cross-sector or cross-border sources

Absence of partnerships and resources to translate policy action at a national level to effective implementation at state, municipal and district levels

Policy Leadership Lab Alumni

Rai Mahimapat Ray

Deputy Commissioner, District Magistrate & Collector, Ranchi District, India

Raj Gilda

Co-Founder, Lend a Hand India

Ruichi Mathur

CEO, Pune City Connect

Policymakers strengthen their capacity by

Participating in well-designed opportunities

that engages with social investors and resources to bring partnerships to fruition

Deep-diving into the social investment landscape

to deploy resources and deliver innovative models more effectively

Navigating through rigid engagement parameters

and overcoming barriers for effective partnership, thereby enabling policy implementation at all levels

Programme Experience

Diverging from traditional fellowship models, the 12-month India Lab programme takes on a practice-based and adaptive approach that is able to efficiently navigate policymakers’ existing and often rigorous agendas and schedules. Through various forms of resources and tailored opportunities, the India Lab ably fosters credible partnerships and enable policymakers to access the right capital for their initiatives.


Induction and Consultation

1-2 brief consultations with AVPN to understand the context in which the policy initiative operates in, define the gap that the initiative is hoping to address and provide an in-depth analysis on the type and scale of resources needed. Induction Ceremony at the AVPN India Summit and Policy Forum to formally introduce policymakers to the programme and connect them and their policy initiatives to Selection Committee members and Knowledge Partners.


Resources and Member Mapping

Active ongoing support from AVPN to identify who and what from AVPN’s network and knowledge assets can offer mentorship, sector expertise, or technical and financial support for the advancing of the policy initiative.


Lab Sessions

1-2 two-hour sessions to enable policymakers and select AVPN members to learn about the policy initiative and engage their knowledge and expertise to address the challenges for its advancement.


Full Engagement of AVPN Ecosystem

Over the 12 months, policymakers may choose to participate in specific AVPN capacity building events and resources, be invited to attend Member-exclusive local activities, and be supported by AVPN’s digital and physical outreach and communications. This includes the APFx: Policy Exchange for Impact and AVPN Signature Events as platforms to showcase their policy initiatives and engage members.


Graduation Forum

An exclusive one-day convening of policymakers, select AVPN Members, and Lab mentors that will mark the conclusion and takeaways from the Lab experience and solidify partnerships and milestones achieved during the programme.

Key takeaways

Advance social investment partnership potential along identified milestones

Surfaced best practices and partnerships for capacity building and ecosystem support for the policymaking community

Project Funded by

“The unprecedented nature of 2020 has shown the importance of agile, responsive and innovative policymaking. We are very glad to be partnering with AVPN to engage with key selected policymakers and incubate their ideas to scale for large scale human impact through the India Policy Labs. Together we aspire to empower public sector actors of change to effectively leverage the potential of mobilizing private sector capital to advance policy initiatives for impact.”

Deepali Khanna

Managing Director of Asia Regional Office of Rockefeller Foundation

Knowledge Partners

Nominate a policymaker to the AVPN Policy Leadership Lab