The Deshpande Foundation launched a webinar series in October 2020 titled “Joining Hands for Rural Transformation” to bring multiple stakeholders together to find synergistic and sustainable solutions addressing the challenges of rural India. The series was inaugurated by Founders of Swades Foundation - Ronnie & Zarina Screwvala along with our Founder, “Desh” Deshpande. In the next webinar, we are very pleased and grateful to have Satyajit Bhatkal, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao & “Desh” Deshpande in an exciting conversation on “Building a People’s Movement for Rural Transformation” on 11th February, 2021. The Panel Speakers will deliberate on the pertinent need of building a transformative model for rural India.

The key takeaways from the webinar will be:

  • Insights and stories of Paani Foundation’s community building work in Maharashtra
  • Communication & technology as catalysts for scaling leading to transformation
  • How to leverage existing socio-political & economic resources for development
  • DF’s vision for co-creating a prosperous tomorrow through innovation, collaboration & sustainability.


Speaker Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation,Past event, Deshpande Foundation
Satyajit Bhatkal
Paani Foundation
Speaker Aamir Khan, Founder, Paani Foundation, Rural transformation, Deshpande Foundation
Aamir Khan
Paani Foundation
Speaker Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation,Past event, Deshpande Foundation
Kiran Rao
Paani Foundation
Speaker Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Paani Foundation,Past event, Deshpande Foundation
Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande
Deshpande Foundation

Webinar Agenda

Panel Discussion
1 6:00 to 6:10 pm Introduction & Welcome:
Deshpande Foundation Team.
2 6:10 to 7:00 pm Conversation on Rural Transformation amongst Panel Speakers:
Moderated by “Desh” Deshpande & Satyajit Bhatkal.
3 7:00 to 7:30 pm QnA with Zoom Audience through Chatbox & YouTube Audience through YouTube comments:
Moderated by Deshpande Foundation Team.

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