Providing professional services to partners in development for accelerated impact, maximising social return on investment and creation of shared value

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SWASTI Health Catalyst

Empowering people and communities, particularly poor and marginalised, to make the right choices to lead healthy lives; through innovation, knowledge, technical support and policy shaping

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A Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, enhancing people’s well­being through knowledge, innovation and transformative actions

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A Health, business and products marketing firm

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About Us

The Group

The Catalyst Group comprises of five organisations Catalyst Management Services, a professional services firm; Vrutti a livelihoods resource centre; Swasti Health Catalyst; Fuzhio a health, business and marketing firm; and Catalyst Foundation, a Trust to consolidate group operations. Together the group comprises of passionate individuals who work towards empowering poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Our Philosophy

We recognize that social enterprises, responsible businesses, impact investments, smart subsidies, sustainable solutions are key to development. We also recognize that the DNA of any sustainable change and transformation integrates four key ecosystem elements – Capacities of the Community, Efficiency of the Market (Business Relations), Reach of the Facilitators (Closeness, customization) and Power of the State (Policy, Entitlements).


We seek to achieve sustainable development through cross thematic engagements, different organisational structures and revenue models: Our diverse thematic coverage including health, livelihoods, education, WASH, social protection, financial security and inclusion, gender, disaster risk reduction. Grant based models to derive proof of concept and move to scale. Fee based models to provide evidence and insights to help other organisations reach scale.

The Catalyst Group

Catalyst Foundation: Currently being registered as a Trust the Foundation consolidates the Catalyst Group’s operations, acts as a public face for the Group, manages group investments and provides direction for the Group Organisations to operate.

The Group Organisations are:

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CMS (est. 1994)

- a private limited firm which specializes in providing professional services

Works in the areas of impact measures, performance management (research, monitoring, evaluation and learning, project planning, institutional development, etc.), social investment planning and sectoral connects.

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Swasti Health Catalyst (est. 2004)

- a registered Society (not-for-profit), Swasti Health Catalyst is a health resource centre.

Which achieves public health outcomes for the marginalised, through the delivery of end-to-end solutions as well as short and long term support and facilitation, combining research and practice.

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Vrutti (est. 2002)

- a registered Society (not-for-profit), Vrutti is a Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods.

Which enhances people's well-being through knowledge, innovation and transformative actions and brings about solutions at a scale that eliminate inequities and create wealth for the marginalised.

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Fuzhio (est. 2005)

- a private limited Health, business and products marketing firm

Procures and sells products for marginalized communities (small farmers, sex workers, and other small producers), their organisations and social enterprises, serving as a bridge between small producers and service providers/buyers.

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Our Partners / Clients

Our Contribution

Directly touched lives

Directly touched lives of 500,000 poor and marginalised individuals and households.

We have achieved this by designing, testing and scaling up innovative models.

Improved  efficiency  and  effectiveness

Improved efficiency and effectiveness of development interventions

For over 1,000 organisations who have benefitted from our professional services

Helped  transform  organisations

Helped transform organisations

To grow from small operations to fairly large and effective. e.g. ASEEFA (Association for Sarva Seva Farms)

Helped raise  funds

Helped raise funds

Rs 2,137 crores (343 Million USD) for the HIV, TB and Malaria Programmes of India, Thailand and Afghanistan. Supported Indian NGOs access European Union funds.

Developed  several  innovative  models

Developed several innovative models for impact

Including Empowerment approach to HIV prevention, Farm Enterprise Facilitation Centre, Health Education Livelihoods Outcomes, Workplace Advancement Initiatives, People and Panchayat Water Governance.

Managed development platforms

Managed development platforms

like the Community of Evaluators (South Asia), Centre for Health Market Innovations (CHMI), Centre for Innovations in Education (CIE), the network for Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture, Network of Women’s Equality and Equity

Provided  financial  services

Provided financial services to large livelihoods initiatives

Ex. Western India Rainfed Farming Project, East India Rainfed Farming Projects, India Farm and Forestry Development Corporation, Gram Vikas Trust, Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project

Pioneered  methodologies

Pioneered methodologies

Including Polling booth, Measure of Livelihoods (MOL), Simplified Micro Accounting Systems (SMACS), Group Self­Assessment, Geographical mapping, etc – each of which are widely used to generate insights for programming.

Provided access to Social Protection

Provided access to Social Protection and Financial Security

To poor and vulnerable communities such as small holder farmers, people living with HIV, most at risk populations (women in sex work, MSM and transgender).

Engaged  in  Grant  Management

Engaged in Grant Management and Due Diligence

For networks like Revitalization of Rainfed Agriculture Network, Community of Evaluators of South Asia, Give to Asia, HIVOS Pro­CIF Fund.

Contributed to policy change

Contributed to policy change

In Dairy Sector (informal milk markets), HIV prevention, Migration, Human Resources in Health, Primary Education, Rainfed Agriculture, Biosecurity, Sustainable Soya, Disaster Risk Reduction.

Achieved  extraordinary  results

Achieved extraordinary results

In reducing HIV prevalence from 22 to 7 percent in 8 years in Bangalore. In supporting over 120,000 farmers achieve between 5-10 fold increase in returns from agriculture

How Big Are We?

Philosophically and strategically, Catalyst Group would like to stay small and make big impact. We are not focused on our size, rather the size of our contributions. Therefore we prefer to measure and be measured on this count.

We are a 200+ strong team; with a Rs. 31 crore turnover in 2014-­15; A head office in Bangalore and regional offices in Delhi, Bhopal and Hyderabad

Large Scale Intervention Projects

Large Scale Intervention Projects

The Avahan Programme, implemented by the Catalyst Group reaches 160,000 key populations (marginalised communities), in five states and through 88 Community Organizations, working on the themes of social, security and justice; financial security; social protection and institutional development.

Professional services

Professional services across states and countries

We have provided professional services (Planning, Advisory, Performance Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Impact Evaluation, etc.) across India and internationally – in about 22 countries in South and South-East Asia, East and South Africa, working with over 500 clients.

Networks and Collaboration

Networks and Collaboration

We also address scale by bringing together individuals and agencies to facilitate networks - Centre for Education Innovation, Centre for Health Market Innovations, the network for Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture, Network of Women’s Equality and Equity (NWEE), Community of Evaluators of South Asia.

Reaching scale by self and through partners

Reaching scale by self and through partners

Vrutti scaled up its Farm Enterprise Facilitation Model (FEFC) from one to six states (self and through partner) and is currently working with around 120,000 smallholders. The FEFC model has received many recognitions. Currently Social Venture Partners and the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative support further scale.

Scale in research and evaluation studies

Scale in research and evaluation studies

Using our Geographical mapping methodology, we have covered 25 states, 276 districts, 729 towns/cities, 16,256 villages and 628,424 respondents. We have done a five year evaluation, following a cohort of 30.000 school going children for an evaluation for Hewlett Foundation.

Scaling our own social enterprise model

Scaling our own social enterprise model

The growth of the group is not by default. It has been designed to address the needs of the sector and address constraints posed by legal and statutory regulations. We followed our vision of empowerment of communities, allowing us to traverse different institutional models towards moving to our vision.

Find or Contact Us

(CMS, Swasti Health Catalyst, Vrutti, Fuzhio)

Head Office - Bengaluru

No.25, AECS Layout, Ashwathnagar,
(Land Mark - Behind Paratha Plaza, Raghavendra Nilaya)
Bengaluru - 560094, Karnataka, India,
local_phone +91-80-23419616
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Other Offices

New Delhi

Swasti Health Catalyst,
D - 45 A,
East of Kailash,
New Delhi, India
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Building no.3-6-69/502,
Flat no.502, Fifth floor,
Venkatarama Towers,
Basheerbagh, Hyderabad,
Telangana, India - 500029
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E-2/244, First Floor,
Arera Colony,
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
local_phone +91-755-4202234
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