Sanjay Madnani is a Communication Strategist and Designer by profession, an Animation Film Designer, an illustrator, a cartoonist, a satirist, and a storyteller by passion.
From a cartoonist in Hindi newspapers, to a design student, to a commercial sector professional, to an educator, to a Development Communication professional, his journey has had dramatic turns. None, however, felt alien to him.
Being a development sector insider for twenty odd years, Sanjay weighs heavily on the fact that development and governance still has a enormous void to be filled by design, design thinking and design process. Focused on Communication for Development (C4D), Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC), Indigenous media and new media, he has multiple crosscutting projects across the globe to his credit.
Sanjay resides in Nepal, calls India his home, then again, he travels around a lot for work.
Abler Nordic is the new name of Nordic Microfinance Initiative, established in Oslo in 2008 as a public-private partnership investing in companies in Africa and Asia supporting low-income households with financial services.
As the financial inclusion field has developed over the past 15 years, Abler Nordic has evolved along with it. A focus on traditional microfinance matured into a broader approach of holistically including low-income households in the financial system through a range of services that enable people to strengthen their overall financial health and build resilience.
In Indonesia, it was understood that one, training farmers into best farm management practices without showing them the financial benefits of sustainable farming had limited impacts; and two, popularizing best farm management practices without financial support to the farmers further diminishes the positive impact.
Sanjay was invited by Abler Nordic to gather the knowledge of existing best farm management practices and that of the how institutions and cooperatives could help financially; and weave updated version of Oil Palm best management practices training modules including the best practices of replanting an Oil Palm.
Newspaper owner offered the role of a cartoonist.
Sanjay brought two gold medals to the Jiwaji University.