Interview with
Anshu Gupta
2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
Founder, Goonj India

Excerpts below (paraphrased)  

On strategies to combat COVID-19

What many people do not realise is that, this is a disaster that requires everything to be localized. The solution has to be so localized that there is no role for any centralized management. This is the perfect opportunity for the decentralization of power, money and reaching out to people.

The moment you decentralize, you also reduce logistics. And logistic is one of the toughest challenges right now. The reason we (Goonj) are able to provide support in 17 states is because we operate on a complete decentralized model.

“You need a complete decentralization to tackle this disaster.”

We have acquired practical systems, experiences and know-how over the years, and are prepared to share our experiences and expertise to the larger community around the world with our model in tackling the logistical and data management challenges which will greatly make a difference during this crisis.

Watch full conversation here.

              Anshu Gupta at The Future Re-Imagined by AFES 2018

Watch Anshu’s thoughts on:

  • India’s situation on the ground here.
  • Heroes of COVID-19 here
  • Re-imagining a better future here
  • Finding joy in time of desperation here
  • How to make a difference during this pandemic here

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About Anshu Gupta
Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit – Goonj. One of India’s best known social entrepreneurs, Anshu was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015 for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity’. Anshu founded Goonj to address the most basic although often ignored need of clothing and the multifaceted role it plays in villages across India. Today Goonj is a pan-India movement working in cities and villages throughout the country dealing with more than 3000 tons of material annually. Goonj’s award winning initiatives; Cloth for Work (CFW), Not Just a Piece of Cloth (NJPC) and RAHAT focus on humanitarian aid, community development and disaster relief work across 25 states of India.Learn more at Anshu’s panel discussion on The Future Re-Imagined at AFES 2018 here