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Salaam Bombay Foundation: challenges in integrating skills, education and job markets for adolescents in India

Meena Galliara (Jasani Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Management, School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed to be University), Mumbai, India)
Swati Sisodia (School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed to be University), Mumbai, India)
Pragya Nagpal (Computer Aid Inc, Farmers Branch, Texas, USA and Alumna of School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed to be University), Mumbai, India)

Publication date: 16 August 2022

Abstract

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are as follows: to analyze the driving forces that lead non-government organizations (NGOs) to develop need-based programs; to evaluate the strategy adopted by NGOs in attaining the organization’s mission and creating a social impact, corporate social responsibility, inclusion, labor market, social enterprise, strategy and vocational learning; to apply social business canvas for analyzing the business model deployed by NGOs to develop market linkages; to analyze the challenges in setting and scaling NGO programs and strategies designed to address the same; and to enable students to brainstorm in creating future growth options for scaling up and replicating NGO programs.

Case overview/synopsis

The case describes the journey of Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF), a national-level NGO registered in 2002 in Mumbai, India. In March 2020, SBF had an annual budget of INR 13.98 crores (US$1.84m). It addresses the challenging environments children from economically constrained families face by engaging them in continuing school education and providing vocational training. Since its inception, SBF has launched and executed many in-school and after-school programs. To successfully transit skilled adolescents and teenagers into the labor market and help them make informed career decisions, SBF launched “DreamLab,” a stipend-based “internship” model, in August 2018. Gaurav Arora, Vice President SBF, was assigned the responsibility to scale up skills@school and DreamLab internship programs. With disruptions caused by the pandemic in March 2020, Arora struggled to operationalize DreamLab as initially planned. The case is at a crucial decision point where clouds of uncertainty have made Arora and his team anxious about their future course of action.

Complexity academic level

The case is intended for students of undergraduate and graduate programs in Business Management, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Work programs. Executives of management development programs can also use the case to analyze the effectiveness and management of the skill development program.

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes are available for educators only.

Subject code

CSS 3: Entrepreneurship.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The authors express their sincere acknowledgments to Mr Gaurav Arora, Vice President, Salaam Bombay Foundation, and Ms Sneha Menon, Consultant, Salaam Bombay Foundation.

Citation

Galliara, M., Sisodia, S. and Nagpal, P. (2022), "Salaam Bombay Foundation: challenges in integrating skills, education and job markets for adolescents in India", , Vol. 12 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-12-2021-0398

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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