Evidence and recognition
The community models developed by Karuna have proven to be (cost-)effective,
innovative and sustainable. The following list shows these acknowledgements:
- 2018 Inspire2Care is in the top 10 ‘most scalable solutions’ of the Zero Project Impact Transfer programme, a collaboration between Essl Foundation and Ashoka.
- 2018 Inspire2Care was selected as Innovative Practice on Accessibility during the Zero Project Conference 2018 in Vienna. See this Zero Project video on Karuna at the awards.
- 2017 Inspire2Care is ‘effective, efficient and strategic, with significant impact’, shows independent research in the Ilam district, commissioned by UBS Optimus Foundation.
- 2017 Inspire2Care was selected as EVPA success story. The European Venture Philanthropy Association developed a webpage with ‘Little funding stories, big social impact’.
- 2017 Best Wishes is one of eleven good practices in the book ‘Everybody Matters’ about inclusion of people with disabilities in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes. Best Wishes is part of Inspire2Care.
- 2017 An extensive impact evaluation in the 6 pilot communities in Nepal has shown the positive impact of Inspire2Care and Share&Care after the exit of Karuna from the community.
- 2017 Inspire2Care was selected as Innovative Practice 2017 on Employment, Work and Vocational Education during the Zero Project Conference 2017 in Vienna.
- 2016 Inspire2Care was selected as a ‘good example of a sustainable and innovative method’ during the World Congress on Community Based Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur.
- 2015 Inspire2Care is one of the five best practices in integrating people with disabilities in their own communities, according to the Asian Pacific Centre for Development and Disability in an investigation among 37 Asian countries. In 2015, Karuna presented her results during an international congress in Tokyo by the World Health Organisation.
- 2014 Inspire2Care is scientifically proved ‘very cost-effective’ according to independent research of the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute. The study was executed by Health Economist Kelsey Vaughan.
- 2012 Share&Care wins the Jobena Prize 2012 for the project with the most appealing practice for self-development as a method and goal. The Jobena Foundation supports cultural and development projects.
- 2011 Briljant Failure award 2011 for the best learning moment ‘Quitting is an option’. Karuna won the public’s award in the category of development cooperation.