In conversation with Richa Tyagi, Director, Strategy & Technical Expertise, Miracle Foundation India

Richa Tyagi is Director, Strategy & Technical Expertise at Miracle Foundation India. She is responsible for steering strategic evolution, focus, planning, initiatives of the organisation both for new programs as well as the ongoing programs. With a stint of seven years with the organisation, in the past, Richa has led Miracle India’s partnership program with UNICEF and State Government in four states on family-based alternative care. She has been instrumental in conceptualising and laying the foundation of various programs at the foundation.

An M.Phil in Planning & Development from IIT Mumbai and an Atlas Corps Fellow from the Grameen Foundation in Washington, DC, Richa has been in the development sector for the past 16 years and has extensive research experience. She has also been actively involved in carrying out research projects, due diligence, needs assessments, evaluation, and impact assessments with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), NIIT Foundation, Delhi School of Social Work, and others. She has worked as visiting faculty with Business Schools in Delhi NCR and as a Master Trainer with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.

In this interview Richa answered the following questions:

  1. Could you give us a brief introduction from you about the key issues within Child Care Institutions in India today that Miracle Foundation is tackling?
  2. When training on-ground professionals to interact with children in a sensitive space, what do you think are some vital aspects to focus on?
  3. Miracle Foundation focuses on utilising data and technology to create sustainable change in the world of childcare. How does data play a crucial role and how has it helped you in the past in bringing about change?
  4. Could you explain how the Thrive Scale Methodology, that Miracle Foundation uses, focuses on a child’s wellbeing and why that is important?
  5. When it comes to partnering with State governments, what are some of the possibilities and challenges? How might they be handled at a larger scale?
  6. How is the foundation working on codifying UN Rights of a Child within India, what are some challenges you’ve faced in the process?
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