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Kshamata - CSR Capacity Building workshop for NGOs in Bengaluru

  • Posted byBSE Sammaan
  • AtMar 15, 2019 17:51
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Bengaluru on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Indian Social Institute

NGOs/civil society organizations are working constantly to bring change through social development program and Companies by investing in them. To bridge the communication and information gap between the NGOs/CSOs and Companies, BSE Sammaan is organizing a Series of workshops across India and activating discussions between the stakeholders of this sector. 
The third workshop of this Series was held in Bengaluru on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru, in partnership with SKIP (Skills for Progress). 
There were 3 Company representatives, namely, Ms. Pratibha A. N. from Titan, Mr. Abhishek Ranjan from Brillio and Mr. Prashanth Appuswamy from Bosch. 
Ms. Yamini Peter from BSE Sammaan, opened the discussion by asking each of the panel member an overview of their expectations as a Company representative from NGOs, and broad communication gaps between the two. With reference to one of the panelist, she pointed out presence of challenges at both Company and NGOs end and need to realize and overcome the same. Furthermore, to function optimally, there are some rules and regulations laid out by companies, which the CSR team must adhered to, which indicates, processes such as NGO shortlisting, due diligence become comprehensive and time-consuming affair.
Ms. Pratibha AN, Titan group of Companies, acknowledged work undertaken by NGOs in the social development space. Furthermore, she summarized importance of meeting and getting to know potential NGO partners and their work being carried out. Another interesting aspect she highlighted, grassroot or small NGOs should seek support and learnings from other organizations, or even corporates to strategize better.
Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, from Brillio, shed light on Corporate expectations from NGOs and their project. He also, explained different steps and stakeholder involved in shortlisting NGO at the Corporates’ side. During the panel discussion he brought different perspective to the table, about partnership with NGOs, ground realities, how to strategize, challenges etc.

Mr. Prashanth Appuswamy from Bosch, introduced Bosch’s approach to CSR, they focus on Skill development, Women empowerment, Health and Environment. He shared facts and processes that are involved before shortlisting any organization for their CSR investment. He explained elements that they usually consider before shortlisting an NGOs – “mix of intent, experience, success stories and scalability.” Furthermore, he introduced Bosch’s model of operations and working in partnership.
Mr. Stanley Joseph from SKIP, has worked almost 30 years in the space of Skill development in India. He has strong sense of stakeholder management with the corporates and other donors. He represented NGO sector in the panel discussion and talked about his experience while dealing with corporates, strategies and challenges. He explained his model of working, followed by suggestions to the other NGO representatives.   
This was followed by question and answers session- Below mentioned are some of the questions from NGO representative, and its response by the panel members,
1.        Challenges of NGO while making project proposal?
a.        Can reach out to Company representatives
b.        There is immense data available related to human development and environment
c.        Project proposal must be comprehensive, and the concept needs to be very clear and concise.
d.        Proposal should not be very lengthy.
e.        Can reach out to Sammaan for help
f.         Should take learning's from NGOs already working on similar projects 
2.        Scarcity of information regarding exact Corporate mandate?
a.        BSE Sammaan provided link to Government portal that has references about Companies spending in different regions and thematic areas.
b.        Need to look up Company website and annual reports for further research.
c.        NGOs, should source information through peer NGOs
3.        Failure to get in touch with right people in the Corporate CSR team?
a.        There is no single way to tackle this, however BSE Sammaan is launching a portal to mitigate this issue.
b.        Some of the times projects are being read by the Company representatives, but due to large number of proposal it is not possible to give feedback on each proposal. 
4.        Inexact feedback mechanisms on NGOs’ project proposal when it gets rejected?
a.        Many Corporates do give feedback; however, majority still doesn’t give feedback.
b.        Biggest challenge 
5.        Resource limitations etc.
a.      NGOs should build upon their concept and ideas to implement on the ground through Nodal organizations or any   other NGO working in this area.
b.       Use social networking sites to fund-raise
c.        Network with CSR Consultants/platforms 
d.      Study corporate mandate carefully
The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks from BSE Sammaan and SKIP to all the participants and especially the Corporates attending the event.
Stay tuned for the next workshop to be announced shortly.