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In Conversation with Mr. Sudarshan Suchi, CEO, Save the Children

By auther pic. CSRBOX

July 3, 2022

Mr. Sudarshan Suchi is Save the Children’s, Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned civil society leader and an authority in Participatory Practices to empower communities to lead transformation. He has rich local & global experience in academics, development and in a corporate environment. An alumnus of St. Stephens College, Delhi University, and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK, Sudarshan is a leading development professional, with exceptional strength in conceptualising development-based programs and business models, efficient resource mobilisation, instituting partnerships, and effecting collaboration towards issues that impact children’s access to basic human rights. Sudarshan also serves on Governance platforms – being on the Board of Udyogini (NGO) and the Academic Council of IIHMR’s Rural Management Program. A self-professed and self-trained farmer; Sudarshan is also the co-founder of Udayan Centre for Collaborative Learning – a grassroots NGO in Central India.

He answered the following questions during the interview:

  1. Let us begin by understanding how you came into the development sector and what has been your journey with Save the Children?
  2. STC is extensively working on Maternal and Child Health. According to you, What role can the private sector play in improving women and child nutrition indicators and why is it important for a business to invest in health and nutrition?
  3. COVID19 has changed our lives in unprecedented ways. While the government has been pushing for vaccinations for children, there have been many challenges. How is STC working towards ensuring vaccination for adolescents and children? Have there been any challenges? If yes, how did you overcome these challenges?
  4. We came across your campaign - The Right Start - An Umbrella Approach Shining Light on Under Five. Tell us a little bit about the campaign and what do you aim to achieve out of this campaign?
  5. The right to play for children is of paramount importance. Is your Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023 in line with that? Tell us a little bit about the initiative.
  6. Child rights has been at the core of STC's work. While companies do invest in education and health for children, the advocacy area lacks support. What do you think are the main reasons for that and what can the NGOs and companies do to work together for a policy-level change?

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