SRRF / SMAM
organised National Workshop
At New Delhi on 18-19 February 2010
Nurturing Partnerships for Developing
Synopsis of Workshop
Day 1: 18th February 2010
(Workshop Schedule attached)
1. Inaugural Session: The
Workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Rajesh Tandon, President, PRIA
(Society for Participatory Research in Asia), with Dr. Lalit Kumar,
Secretary, National Foundation for Communal Harmony (formerly at the
Planning Commission promoting the interest of the social development
sector-NGOs) and Ms. Rashmi Singh, Mission Director, Convergence
Mission, NCT (Delhi Government) as the Guests of Honour.
workshop was attended by 30 paid participants and including the
Resource persons (Faculty), on an average 45 people attended various
Welcoming the participants and the Guests, Mr. Vijay Sardana,
President, Socio Research and Reform Foundation (SRRF), announced
that this workshop is a first in the series of capacity building
workshops on “Nurturing Partnerships for Developing Sustainable
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)”. It is an opportunity to
facilitate reflection on the key issues confronting the small and
medium CSOs: resources required for the core organization that can
not be financed from the funded projects. He stated that the
workshop is designed to present the Struggle & Success Stories (SSS),
or Sangarsh Ke Sath Safalta Ki Kahanian of four CSOs, in
existence for 40 (+) years (AFPRO) to 27 years (PRADAN).
Workshop objectives include:
Learning from the Struggle and Success
Stories of sustaining CSOs, participants begin to develop and
manage long term sustainable partnerships with a variety of
international and national resource agencies, government
agencies, corporate houses, academic & research institutions,
media, individual donors, etc.
Develop and experiment with alternate
ways of resource generation / mobilization from a diverse range
of stakeholders for their resource needs, consistent with
Mission, Goals and Objectives, thus reducing their dependence on
CSOs having a clear understanding of
their core costs, de-linked from resources required for
programmes / projects, are able to recognize and advocate for
financing these costs in a transparent and accountable manner,
Learning of the workshop will be
documented and widely disseminated amongst various stakeholders,
including the resource agencies.
Through a series of such capacity
building workshops across the country, contribute to the medium
term outcome of sustainable CSOs promoting sustainable
Technical Session I: Towards
Successful Partnerships, divided into three Sub Sessions on
Day 1 (18th February 2010)
Sub-Session I chaired by Dr Pradeep Chaturvedi, Chairman-Indian
Association for Advancement of Science, covered CSOs Partnerships
with Donors, Government & Communities.
Sub-Session II chaired by Shri Pooran Pandey of Times Foundation
covered CSOs partnerships with Academic / Research Institutions &
Sub-session III chaired by Shankar Venkateswaran of Sustainability
covered CSOs partnerships with Corporate houses / CSRs.
While the detailed report is under preparation, highlights of Day 1
(Inaugural Session and Technical Session I) are as follows:
Costs should be
affordable by small CSOs (Rs. 7,500/- is very high)
CSO Governance is an
issue; total / too much reliance on the leader / promoter (one
Government needs good
partners; credibility is an issue, need for assessing
partnerships (mechanism for grading, rating, accreditations)
CSOs known for
innovations, experimentation, piloting, and demonstrations. This
needs to be encouraged and supported.
conformity decreasing space for disagreements; need for
CSOs weak in
Documentation & Dissemination; needs serious attention.
performance and thus building credibility, it is possible to
work with Government on your own terms / negotiated terms.
programmes provide for establishment costs (e.g. NREGA, Special
and engagement with donors (Sponsors) is key for resource
Consultancy services in
demand when provided with high level of technical competence.
Academic / Research institutions possible when CSOs have
something substantial to contribute, e.g. in designing the
curricula, field research.
Partnership with media
not possible (easy?), but relationship building is a must.
Unlike Associations of
corporate houses (CII, FICCI), Media does not have access to
such bodies of CSOs for information gathering.
CSOs could explore
starting a separate TV Channel, in association with media.
CSOs partnership with
corporate / CSR is promising; both sides have to provide space
to each other; mutuality / trust needed in building sustained
CSR of industries do
need to take care of their neighbourhood for development;
Corporate Foundations have flexibility in choosing areas of work
(geographic as well as thematic.
WIN WIN situation is a
must for a successful partnership.
Technical Session II: Towards
Institutional and Financial Sustainability (Day 2, 19th
Feb 2010) had five sub-sessions.
Sub-session I moderated by Shri Tejinder Bhogal (ex-PRADAN) ? Ms
Nivedita Narain (PRADAN) was exclusively in an interactive format
and was devoted to participants identifying the Human Resources
Challenges that they face on day to day basis. The session was
divided in four syndicates discussed challenges of Leadership,
Performance Management, Communication and Recruitment.
Sub-session II chaired by Shri Lourdes Baptista (CEO, Water Aid)
covered issues relating to Financial Sustainability. Following the
theme presentation by Mr. Subhash Mittal, CSOs perspectives and
experiences on financial sustainability were presented by Vatsalaya
(Dr. Neelam Singh) on consultancy services in the health sector and
by CSE (Ms. Geeta Kavarana) on financial sustainability through
publications and capacity building (training programmes).
Sub-session III chaired by Ms Bhagyashri Dengle (Plan India) was
devoted to resource mobilization. Gen. Surat Sandhu discussed
strategies and approaches for Resource Mobilization and Mr. Asif
Iqbal (SRUTI) shared strategies followed by SRUTI for mobilizing
resources locally, including collection of scrap materials (raddi).
Sub-session IV chaired by Dr Bernard Hoeper of welt hunger hilfe –
formerly German Agro covered issues relating to enhancing
credibility of CSOs. After brief introductory remarks of the Chair,
a theme presentation was made by Mr. Subhash Mittal on importance of
Accountability Framework and how each CSO could develop one. Mr. T.
K.Mathew (Deepalaya) shared his own experiences of how these issues
are seen through donors’ eyes.
Sub-session V chaired by Shri Sudhir Varma, a chartered Accountant,
covered latest legislative developments relating to CSO sector and
covered Income Tax, Direct Tax Code and FCRA. Presentations were
made by Shri Deepak Bansal (SMA Management) on latest developments
in the field of Tax and Shri Subhash Mittal on FCRA issues.
Valedictory Session: While the session was chaired by Mr. Vijay
Sardana, President, Socio Research & Reform Foundation, the
Valedictory Address was delivered by Justice (Retd.) Lokeshwar
Prasad, Patron of the Foundation, Before the Valedictory Address the
participants were requested to provide written as well as verbal
feedback on the workshop. About 30 feedback cards collected are
being collated for feeding into the Foundation’s website.
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