Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Local NGOs in India invited to submit concept Notes for USAID’s QDDM Project

Deadline: First Round of Concept Notes is 26 September 2014 but the program is open for applications till 2015

The United States Agency for International Development Mission India (USAID/India) is requesting concept notes from local NGOs registered in India to receive funding for providing a range of programs and services for vulnerable populations especially woman and children under the ‘Quality Data for Decision Making’ (QDDM) Project.

This funding program “targets India’s vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved populations spread across rural areas, urban slums, and tribal pockets – including those currently outside the realm of effective service provision for reasons related to economics, gender, and social inclusion (notably females across the life cycle).

USAID has a total budget of 6 million dollars for a period of 4 years to provide funding support for NGOs implementing the projects under this program.

USAID/India’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for the period 2013-2017 has adopted new solutions and approaches such as:

§ Building Locally-Led Alliances and Multi-Stakeholder Platforms

§ Establishing Linkages with Priority National Programs

§ Promoting Game-Changing Innovations and Proven High Impact Solutions

§ Strengthening Health Systems

§ Utilizing Appropriate Frameworks and Tools for Reaching Scale

This grants program is in accordance with the policy set out by the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) which is committed to enhancing the use of quality data (HMIS – Health Management Information Systems) to improve the status of RMNCH+A (Reproductive, Maternal, New Born, Child & Adolescent Health).

The overall goal of the program is “Increased access to quality, proven high impact RMNCH+A services by improving data quality and enhancing evidence-based decision-making.” and the specific purpose is to facilitate evidence-based decision-making using improved quality and use of data.

NGOs should have a minimum of 3 years of experience implementing related programs and projects and they should be able demonstrate institutional and management capacity to manage donor funds. Organizations with less than 3 years’ experience may apply but they still need to demonstrate their capacity in implementing the project Applicant NGOs can enter into a partnership with an international partner to provide technical assistance for the project.

For more information, visit this link : http://www.grants.gov/applicants/download-application-package.html?oppId=204643

State shall take measures to ensure the child's right to health through providing preventive health care


INVITATION

To
The Chief Executives
Civil Society Organisations, Odisha
Sir/Madam,

Sub- Request for your participation in Peace Dialogue and Mega Musical events for Peace on UN International Day of Peace, September 21st,2014 at 6 P.M at Utkal Mandap, Bhubaneswar..
.It is our great pleasure to inform you that Master Peace International (India) is going to observe UN International Day of Peace and is organising Mega Musical events for Peace on the occasion at Utkal Mandap, Bhubaneswar, on 21st September, 2014 from 6 P.M. http://p.m.to/onwards. Renowned Ollywood Artists will be performing cultural events on the occasion besides the Musical Band competion

Master Peace International (India) was founded in 2013 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha as the first India Chapter of Master Peace having its Head Quarter in The Netherlands and Central Office at Cairo, Egypt. MasterPeace is an international bottom-up peace initiative working in more than 55 countries worldwide with a major goal to involve people in peace building. Besides many international awards and UN recognition for its activities on peace building Master Peacereceived an official UNCA Certificate of recognition for Innovation in Peace-building presented by the UN SG Mr. Ban Ki-Moon in 2014.

We are expecting His Excellancy, the Governor of Odisha, Dr S.C. Jamir to grace the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurate the event. Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Honble Minister of Culture and Tourism has given his consent to grace the occasion as Guest of Honour. Other Guests of the evening are Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, Honb,le MLA, Bhubaneswar (N), Ms Nibedita Nayak, Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board, Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Vice Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture .

We expect that about 5000 people especially youth from different Universities and colleges will be participating in the program. The programme will be live telecast by YouTube. NewBe TV (The Netherlands) will also semi live cast the programme on Sept 21 and 22, 2014.
We will be highly grateful to you if you find your time and join us on the occasion to create peace together.

We thank you for your support in advance. Kindly take your seat by 5.30 PM. If you require VIP pass you can contact at 7854872808.

With gratitude, much peace and harmony

Dr. M. R. Mishra
Country Coordinator, Master Peace India
Plot no – 387, Damana Square, C. S. Pur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha-16, tel- 7854872808.

Foreign cos are not bound to do CSR in India, says legal expert Shardul Shroff

NEW DELHI, SEPT 16:

Foreign companies’ are not bound to undertake corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity in India, Shardul Shroff, Managing Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas, a leading law firm, has said.

This is even as the rules framed under the new company law extended the CSR provisions to foreign companies, Shroff said at an event on Companies Act, organised by KPMG in association with Indo-Canada Business Chamber here on Tuesday.

There is inconsistency between the rules and the main statute (Companies Act), which has mandated CSR spend by certain companies, Shroff noted.

India is the only country in the world that has legislated CSR and required CSR spend equivalent to 2 percent of net profit for certain companies. But there is no penalty if the provisions were not complied with.

Shroff highlighted that Section 135—the provision in the new company law that deals with CSR—applies CSR only to domestic companies.

Although the rules had extended it to foreign companies, this was prone to challenge as the main Act sought to cover only domestic companies.

“All the changes that are coming through the rules, which may affect the definition in some sense, are not lawful. If ever challenged by a foreign company in court, then the Court would tend to uphold the challenge”, Shroff said.

Rakesh Nangia, Managing Partner, Nangia & Co, a firm of chartered accountants, said the main Companies Act talks only about Indian companies when it came to CSR.

On whether a branch office or a project office of a foreign company is authorised to do CSR, Nangia said it doesn’t look likely and they will have to get Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approval on this count

Nangia also said the wholly-owned subsidiaries of foreign companies can give money for charitable activities to only those companies that are Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) compliant.

“We are advising our clients (foreign companies) to approach Home Ministry and get clearance or seek clarifications. They should ensure that the entities to which they donate funds are FCRA compliant”

Srivats.kr@thehindu.co.in

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/foreign-cos-are-not-bound-to-do-csr-in-india/article6416250.ecen

Profit-making PSUs want angel investments counted as CSR

New Delhi: Profit-making state-run companies are willing to play angel investors in loss-making ones in a bid to turn them around, but they want their effort to be acknowledged and that they get the right incentives.

They have offered to bail out the loss-making companies if their revival efforts are counted towards the mandatory 2 per cent corporate social responsibility (CSR) spending.

"Companies are willing to come forward, but want such efforts to be part of their CSRactivity," said a government official who is aware of the deliberations, but did not reveal the names of the companies. Under the Companies Law 2013, funds infusion to revive sick companies is not included as permissible CSR activity.

A senior official with a blue chip PSU emphasized that there has to be some incentive for nurturing a sick enterprise. "If there's no strategic advantage for us, which is the case with most sick companies, then including it in our CSR spend is most appropriate," he said.

UD Choubey, director-general of SCOPE, the apex body of central government-owned units, said all options should be explored. "It's important to revive these companies and the government should consider all viable options," he said.

According to government data, there were 61 sick public sector companies at end of March 2013. About 50 central public sector enterprises, including Air India, BSNL, MTNL and ITI, have been making losses for past three fiscals.

"We will take up this issue with the ministry of corporate affairs," said the above quoted government official, adding that such clause can also help rope in private players.

Earlier, the government had formed a committee under NTPC chairman Arup Roy Choudhury to look into the formation of a firm with mandate to revive or sell sick state-run enterprises

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-trends/profit-making-psus-want-angel-investments-counted-as-csr/articleshow/42660375.cms

Ready Reckoner on Microfinance

Every child has the right to education on the basis of equal opportunity


SAFRG announced Workshop on Social Media on 25th sep'14 - Only a Few days Left

Attracting traffic, increasing efficiency, measuring & achieving more online as a Non Profit

Date: 25th September 2014, New Delhi, India

What??

SAFRG bring you hands on workshop for online fundraisers already familiar with digital media but need a few extra tips and tricks to improve.

Topics to be covered:

· SEO

§ Why search engine optimization is so important

§ How to set up an SEO campaign

· Paid Traffic

§How to reach out to people using paid mediums

· Email

§ How to acknowledge new donors in a timely way

§ How to build a relationship using email

§ How to work with smart segments

· Conversion rate optimization

§ How does it work?

§ Setting up effective tests

· Analytics and Data

§ Which data should you analyze?

§ What metrics are important for charities

§ Setting up goals

§ How to decipher a Google Analytics report and take action from the findings

Trainer :

Vaibhav Vats

Co Founder & Director, DigiPerform

Vaibhav is a Digital Marketing Consultant and coach and has trained over 1000 professionals and consulted over 30 corporate clients in past 5 years in areas of Online Media Planning, Conversion optimization, Content marketing strategies, Online Reputation Management, Lead Generation and Ecommerce. Vaibhav Has Trained people from Snapdeal, IBM, Microsoft, HCL, Wipro, ICICI, HCL, OXFAM, SOS Children’s Village, India Today to name a few

For more details and registration process please contact -

011 4148 9060, shweta@safrg.org ; programs@safrg.org

Many Thanks!!

Shweta Vishnoi
South Asian Fund Raising Group
J-1, Udyog Nagar, Peeragarhi, New Delhi - 110041
Tel - +91 11 4148 9060
Email:- shweta@safrg.org, programs@safrg.org
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Government moots CBI probe into Salman Khurshid's NGO

New Delhi: The government is planning to order a CBI probe into the functioning of an NGO which took aid in the name of the disabled but was allegedly involved in malpractices, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said Tuesday.

"There is an NGO in Uttar Pradesh which took aid in the name of the disabled but was involved in malpractices. We have referred the case to law department for their suggestions so that it can be forwarded to CBI," Gehlot told media here.

Salman Khurshid

Asked if he was referring to former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid's trust, the minister said: "I am not denying it, you can understand".

A report based on a sting operation October last year said a trust being run by the then external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid allegedly forged signatures and faked stamps of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh to receive grants from the union government for welfare of the disabled.

The report said that the aid was, however, not distributed to the handicapped people.

Source: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/government-moots-cbi-probe-into-salman-khurshids-ngo/15607192

Government moots CBI probe into Salman Khurshid's NGO

New Delhi: The government is planning to order a CBI probe into the functioning of an NGO which took aid in the name of the disabled but was allegedly involved in malpractice, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Tuesday.

"There is an NGO in Uttar Pradesh which took aid in the name of the disabled but was involved in malpractices. We have referred the case to law department for their suggestions so that it can be forwarded to CBI," Gehlot told media here.

Asked if he was referring to former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid's trust, the minister said: "I am not denying it, you can understand".

A report based on a sting operation October last year said a trust being run by the then external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid allegedly forged signatures and faked stamps of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh to receive grants from the union government for welfare of the disabled.

The report said that the aid was, however, not distributed to the handicapped people.

IANS

First Published: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 15:31

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/government-moots-cbi-probe-into-salman-khurshids-ngo_1470828.html

NGO run by Salman Khurshid, wife may face CBI probe: Sources

New Delhi: An NGO run by former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid may face a CBI probe, sources say.

The case came to light during the UPA regime when a trust associated with the Congress leader was accused of malpractices.

When asked, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thawar Chandra Gehlot did not deny the move.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/ngo-run-by-salman-khurshid-wife-may-face-cbi-probe-sources/499569-37-64.html

Government wants CBI probe into Salman Khurshid's NGO

The government ia planning a CBI enquiry into the functioning of an NGO which took aid in the name of disabled which but was allegedly involved in malpractices, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said Tuesday.

"There is an NGO in Uttar Pradesh which took aide in the name of the disabled but was involved in malpractices. We have referred the case to law department for their suggestions so that it can be forwarded to CBI," Gehlot said at a press conference at Press Information Bureau (PIB) here.

Asked if he was referring to foreign minister Salman Khurshid's trust, the minister said: "I am not denying it, you can understand".

A report based on a sting operation October last year said a trust being run by the then external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid allegedly forged signatures and faked stamps of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh to receive grants from the union government for welfare of the disabled.

The report said that the aid was however not distributed to the handicapped people.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/government-wants-cbi-probe-into-salman-khurshid-s-ngo-114091600643_1.html

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

State shall take measures to ensure that parents and children are supported in the use of basic knowledge of hygiene and environmental sanitation


Govt Changes CSR Spending Norms

The government has made some changes in the norms meant for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities under the Companies Act, under which, certain class of profitable companies are required to spend at least 2% of their three-year annual average net profit towards CSR activities.

According to the Act, companies are allowed to build CSR capacities for their own personnel through other institutions on the condition that such expenses do not surpass 5% of the total amount spent on social welfare activities in a financial year. The Corporate Affairs Ministry has said that 5% cap would include "expenditure on administrative overheads."

The changes have been made to the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014, through a notification dated September 12.

As per the earlier norms, companies could build CSR capacities of their own personnel and their implementing agencies through institutions with a proven track record of at least three financial years. However, such expenditure should not exceed by 5 % of company's total CSR expenditure in a single financial year.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.in/Govt-ChangesCSR-Spending-Norms/articleshow/42545991.cms

Kajal Aggarwal Named Brand Ambassador for Giving Back - NGO India 2014

MUMBAI, September 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

UBM India has announced Kajal Aggarwal as the brand ambassador for Giving Back - NGO India 2014, its annual CSR event that provides for free exhibit space, promotion and exposure to over 120 NGOs from all over the world. This is the 3rd edition of the initiative that will be held on the 25th and 26th of September at the Nehru Centre inMumbai.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140916/10106499)

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130226/599595-c)

Kajal Aggarwal, one of the most popular actresses in the South film fraternity, has joined hands with UBM India to spread awareness about the social issues and concerns across different sections of the society. Being associated with activities related to social causes since childhood, her association with the CSR platform aims to further extend the reach to address the social concerns facing the country.

Commenting on the association, Ms. Kajal Aggarwal said, "Today, there is a considerable amount of awareness and attempt towards building a sustainable India, amongst various sections of society including the film industry. What Giving Back-NGO India does, is bring these sections of society together and consolidate the attempts into a concrete and collective course of action. Being a member of the Indian film fraternity and brand ambassador for Giving Back-NGO India, I am happy to draw people's attention and sensitise them towards the social issues faced by Indian society."

Popular Bollywood actors Vivek Oberoi and Kunal Kapoor will also be present at the inaugural session.

About UBM India:

UBM India is India's leading live media and events company that engages people and enriches businesses. We at UBM India provide the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars, tech media, live events, data services and powerful media brands. UBM India hosts over 20 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organiser in Asia and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia.

To speak to any of the spokespeople or any additional information, please feel free to call:

Primary Media Contact: Priya Badshah, priya.badshah@ubm.com, +91-22-6172-7353, UBM India Pvt. Ltd

Secondary Media Contact: Ravikiran Iyengar, ravikiran.iyengar@ketchumsampark.com, +91-9821268368, Ketchum Sampark

SOURCE UBM India Pvt. Ltd.

Source: http://www.prnewswire.co.in/news-releases/kajal-aggarwal-named-brand-ambassador-for-giving-back---ngo-india-2014-275249941.html

Cairn India, Nasscom tie up

KAKINADA, SEPTEMBER 15:

Cairn India, in association with Nasscom Foundation, has established Cairn Nasscom Knowledge Centre at Challapalli village in Uppalaguptham mandal of East Godavari, according to a press release. The centre was inaugurated by Amalapuram MLA A Anand Rao. The release says that as part of its CSR actitivities, Cairn India has tied up with Nasscom Foundation to provide employability skills to the rural youth by imparting learning on basics of computer and spoken English courses.

(This article was published on September 15, 2014)

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/cairn-india-nasscom-tie-up/article6413441.ece

Monday, September 15, 2014

Every child has the right to survival and development to the fullest extent possible


A HR Retreat for Social Sector Leaders, Professionals & Decision Makers

Location: Bhubaneswar
From: 09/25/2014 To: 09/27/2014
Event Type: Workshop

CYSD DRTC in Association with Human Capital Foundation Presents

A HR Retreat for Social Sector Leaders, Professionals & Decision Makers
3 Practitioner Oriented& Contemporary Modules:
Module 1: Talent Acquisition & Right Hiring
Module 2: High Performance Work Culture and Organization & Stakeholder Accountability
Module 3: Employee Rewards & Retention

Enabling social sector leaders become effective Talent Champions for their organizations
The People’s Agenda for CSOs, NGOs and social sector organizations has never been more pressing than in current times. Operating under unique field, program, institutional and resource level constraints at the best of times, the new developments in the sector pertain to limited donor participation, an increased call for organizational accountability and enhanced scrutiny to achieve results in a time bound and resource efficient manner. Add to that the fact that people in the social sector nowadays have a wider array of career choices at their disposal. Therefore it is but natural that managing human resources in a manner which is both optimal and innovative is the call of the hour for social sector leaders and decision makers.

In our path breaking 3 series HR Retreat for the social sector we offer you insights and actionable learning, conveniently spread across learning modules of 3 days each for a broad spectrum of talent management choices, toolkit for decision making and simulated learning environment that resonates with your day to day people environment.

Announcing the launch of Module 1 Talent Acquisition & Right Hiring

Date: 25-27 September 2014, VENUE: CYSD DRTC, Bhubaneshwar

MODULE 1: TALENT ACQUSITION & RIGHT HIRING

Right hiring is vital to the immediate and long term success of organizations. In our first offering of the HR Retreat we offer you a 3 day practitioner oriented program which provides an all-round experience on how to attract the right talent for your organization. In a learning environment which seamlessly blends practice and the latest concepts we navigate you through the intricacies of contemporary hiring so that you emerge ready and fit to take your organization to next level – one hiring at a time.

LEARNING GOALS

§ Enable you to appreciate the nature of the talent needs of your organization

§ Craft powerful employee propositions to attract the right set of candidates

§ Hands-on learning on latest recruitment tools & approaches

§ Case study approach to drive experiential learning on recruitment

§ The right hiring decision – what is it & how do I make the right call

§ Understand your hiring biases as a leader

§ Psychometrics as part of an overall hiring strategy

ABOUT THE VENUE
CYSD DRTC is located in the heart of Bhubaneswar – the capital city of Odisha. DRTC is equipped with a high quality learning infrastructure and provides simple yet clean and modern residential facilities for
Participants. Bhubaneshwar is particularly pleasant around mid to late September and the weather is balmy with the monsoons retreating and a light hint of autumn in the air. Do carry normal clothing and rain protection gear.
DRTC is conveniently located and easy to find with maximum travel time by public bus or auto rickshaw of approximately 15 -20 minutes from the airport, railway station and bus stand. Since the residential facilities in DRTC are limited we encourage all participants to confirm their participation as early as possible. Should there be no availability at the DRTC hostel, we may offer assistance to confirmed participants to find alternative accommodation in the vicinity of the program venue to help maximize interaction and shared learning.

FACILITATORS’ PROFILES
Jagadananda currently leads CYSD, an autonomous development organization working with the tribal and rural poor in Odisha. He has been chairman of VANI and Credibility Alliance. He cares deeply about people and institutionalization challenges in the social sector and has published “Organization Behavior” aframe work for Non-Governmental Development Organizations and an Organization Self-Assessment tool for NGOs (OSANGO).In this program Jagadananda will dwell on the intricacies and challenges of the social sector with a focus on an organization’s ability to hire and onboard relevant and right talent. Hear him and participate a she draws learnings and relevancy from his three decades of rich civil society and NGO Leadership experience.

Santosh is a TISS alumnus and HR professional of repute with 14 years of experience running HR for progressive world class people organizations such as Wipro, Microsoft, AOL and Innovation Labs. He understands talent attraction and employer branding challenges in a hands-on manner having grown organizations from start up to maturity.

An advocate of lean and agile thinking in HR, Santos believes that the social sector today is on the cusp of the biggest HR leap of our times and provides his expertise and time to develop relevant HR frameworks for the social sector. He is also associated with Human Capital Foundation – an incubator of HR & OD practices for social sector organizations.

Sushree is a psychotherapist and counselling professional with expertise in dealing with complex psychological aspects of talent assessment, employee motivation and human concerns at the workplace. She regularly consults at some of the better known employers in India. She is founder of Human Capital Foundation – an incubator of HR & OD practices for social sector organizations. She has recently completed developmental coursework from Harvard University.

In this program Sushree will bring her unique abilities on psychometrics and assessments and help participants draw relevant skills and perspectives from right hiring standpoint.

FEE STRUCTURE
The course fee is Rs.9000/- (per module, per participant) inclusive of all taxes and it covers training materials, lunch and tea/coffee breaks during all the 3 training days. The charges for residential facilities are in addition.

Institutional Discount: Rs.7500/- per participant with minimum 2 or more participants.

RESIDENTIAL FACIILITY
please note that the residential facility is strictly on a first come–first served basis and subject to availability.

1. The hostel at the CYSD DRTC premises offers on-AC, shared dormitory bed accommodation, with shared external bathroom, at Rs.265/- per bed per day, inclusive of breakfast and (vegetarian) dinner.

Should there be no availability at the DRTC hostel we may offer assistance in booking accommodation at the Hotel Suryansh, with the following options:
2: Single bed room: Rs.2000+ taxes per person(special price) per day, with complimentary breakfast.
3: Twin sharing basis room: Rs.1300+ taxes per person per day (or Rs.2600+ taxes per room per day) with complimentary breakfast.
[Please note that program participants staying at Hotel Suryansh can opt for a (vegetarian) dinner coupon for the DRTC Canteen at Rs.60/- per person per day]

For registration enquiries please contact Amanda via e-mail amanda@cysd.org or telephone on 0674-2301725 / 2300983

Download the full brochure and registration form at: http://www.ngobox.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/HR-RETREAT-FINAL-DRAFT.pdf

UBM India to Host NGO India 2014

PR Newswire | 15 Sep, 2014

MUMBAI: UBM India will be hosting Giving Back - NGO India 2014, its annual CSR event scheduled for the 25th and 26th of September, at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. This is the 3rd edition of the initiative that provides for free exhibit space, promotion and exposure to the over 120 NGOs from all over the world. The event will witness the presence of eminent personalities and dignitaries from the industry, addressing the conference. Kajal Aggarwal is the brand ambassador for NGO India 2014.

The theme for Giving Back - NGO India 2014 is sustainability, given the importance of the growing need in incorporating the practice within the Indian corporate environment. With the new Companies Law, it is becoming increasingly important to lay down a clear vision and mission path for the private and public sector companies to manage their CSR activities. The event, through discussions and interactions, will provide valuable insights and discuss key issues and challenges to build a strong CSR platform and model.

NGOs from every area of concern - healthcare, care for the elderly, children's rights, women's empowerment and restoration - will be participating in the event including Make A Wish Foundation of India, Watershed Organisation Trust, Women's India Trust, GOONJ and Helpage India amongst others. Eligibility of NGOs has been determined through a stringent 10-point due diligence process, which has been conducted by Guidestar India.

There will be a high content led conference with speakers from companies like Aditya Birla, Coca Cola, Tata Group, HSBC, Aircel, Jindal Steel, Thomson Reuters etc. TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be conducting a parallel workshop at the event. The speakers include Pragnya Ram, CSR, President, Aditya Birla Group; Rebecca Masika, Social Activist; Medha Patkar, Social Activist; S. Parasuraman, Director, TISS; Aloka Majumdar, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC; Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj; Namita Vikas, Country Head- Responsible Banking, Yes Bank; Vikas Putharan, Corporate Alliance, Give India amongst others. The event will address panel discussions/sessions on topics including:

How and why of CSR
NGOs - For profit or not for profit?
Role of NGOs in social inclusion
Role of corporate in inclusive development
GRI's sustainability reporting guideline G-4
Change Makers - NGOs that made a difference

Commenting on UBM India's CSR initiative - Giving Back- NGO India, Mr. Joji George, Managing Director, UBM India, said, "As part of our commitment to create and promote sustainability among organisations and its impact on society, UBM India initiated Giving Back - NGO India, a platform for dialogue and action amidst NGOs, corporates and policy makers, three years ago. For the past two years, close to 170 NGOs, addressing various causes from child education, women empowerment, poverty eradication to environment sustainability, were provided complementary exhibition space at the Bombay Exhibition Grounds. Last year, participation of over 2,600 attendees and 300 corporate visitors from the top 500 companies of India has successfully made this initiative an industry event. The UBM India team and the participating NGOs are keen to turn yet another leaf of success with this year's edition and look forward to participation of fraternity icons and industry representatives to further encourage and help the common cause of together, giving back to the society."

About UBM India 

UBM India is India's leading live media and events company that engages people and enriches businesses. We at UBM India provide the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars, tech media, live events, data services and powerful media brands. UBM India hosts over 20 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organiser in Asia and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia.

Media Contact: Ravikiran Iyengar, ravikiran.iyengar@ketchumsampark.com, +91-9821268368, Ketchum Sampark 

Source: http://www.smetimes.in/smetimes/news/pr_newswire/2014/Sep/15/UBM-India-to-Host-NGO-India-2014.html




Management Development Program for NGOs / Bangalore / 9 -11 Oct

Respected Sir / Madam

Greetings from Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME).

XIME is a leading Business School in the country founded by a group of academicians, led by Prof. J. Phillip who was earlier the Director of IIM, Bangalore and Dean at XLRI, Jamshedpur.

MDPs - for NGOs

XIME over the last 20 years has been periodically organizing Management Development Programs (MDPs) to build effectiveness of NGOs/ Not for Profit organisations and has supported over 300 of them across the country.

XIME would like to invite participation for its 3 day "Managment Development Program - Enhancing Effectiveness of Voluntary Organisation".

Date - 9 - 11 October 2014
Venue - XIME Campus, Bangalore

Senior Experts from XIME, Leading NGOs (including MYRADA, Amnesty International. Grameen Kotta) and Donor Organisations will be sharing their experiences.

Key Topics covered are :

Building a Credible NGO
Leadership of NGOs
People Management in NGOs
Sustainable Business Model for NGOs
Donor Landscape, Fundraising Strategy and Proposal Development
Project Life Cycle Management and Result Oriented Monitoring & Evaluation
NGO Financial Management and Government Regulations & Compliance
Low cost IT Solutions and Social Media Marketing for NGO
Some of the organisation who greatly benefited from previous program organised in 2014 are SOS Village, Blue Cross ,YMCA , ERIN Foundation, Manav Charities, Need Based India, National Agro Foundation, Association of People with disabilities, Samhitha Foundation,Anti-Corruption Peoples Movement, Alzheimer's and Related disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD), Development and Policy Research Centre (DPRC), CARE School of Safety Sustainability & Research (CSSR), Nightingale Medical Trust, St. Berchman’s college, Christ College

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Karnataka: Cong govt. follows NDA's footsteps with probe against NGOs

The Karnataka Congress government is following in the footsteps of the NDA government in the Centre and has asked all NGOs in the state to give details of foreign funding, according to an Indian Express report.

The report states that "a detailed 33-point checklist prepared by the Internal Security Department (ISD) of the state police also seeks information on the NGOs' 'role in development', and on their involvement in issues concerning forests, wildlife, tribal communities, and e-waste in Bangalore." From the list of points made in the police form, it appears that the questioning will extend beyond just concerns of foreign-funding. The head of ISD Amar K Pandey confirmed the same to the paper.

According to the IE report, "Congress MLA and former Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar claimed in the Karnataka assembly that since 2006, NGOs in the state had received Rs 1,069 crore from abroad," and had said that his numbers were based on" intelligence sources." He also received support from other MLAs in the assembly.

Thanks to such claims, the Home minister in the state K J George announced the measures against the NGO and has "promised to table the ISD’s report in the next session of the assembly," adds the report. According to a Times of India report George was quoted as saying:

"I don't say all NGOs are bad. Some are bogus and are involved in misuse of funds and corruption. We will probe all NGOs and take action against those found guilty."

The Karnataka's government order comes after an an Intelligence Bureau report in June this year, had said that NGOs funded by donors based in the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries are using “people-centric issues to create an environment which lends itself to stalling development projects.” It had also claimed that this ‘anti-national’ role of NGOs had negatively affected India’s GDP by 2-3 percent per annum.

The 23-page Intelligence Bureau (IB) report titled ‘Concerted efforts by select foreign-funded NGOs to take down Indian development projects’ had named many eminent Indians who either wittingly or unwittingly supported these NGOs, with or without financial consideration. Some of the top names on the IB report list were, Swami Agnivesh, Praful Bidwai, Achin Vanaik, Admiral (Retd) Ramdas, Lalitha Ramdas, Medha Patkar, Neeraj Jain, Banwarilal Sharma, Karuna Raina, Fr Thomas Kocherry, Arti Choksey and MG Devasahayam.

While the need to tackle 'bogus' NGOs sounds all fine, what is unclear is whether the probe will end up in action being taken taken against those groups who are often at odds with the government's agenda.

Clearly the probe is not just about looking into the finances of the NGOs. It is evident from the police's statement that they will exploring the views that NGOs have on certain key issues, like development. Given that the state wants to know the stand of the NGOs as well makes it clear that this isn't just a probe to tackle corruption.

In the case of the IB report, activists had expressed concerned that it could could be used as an excuse to scuttle dissent. Now it looks that the Karnataka state government is sticking to the NDA line by launching an 'in-depth probe' against the NGOs.

Indian Express

Police probe NGOs

Karnataka’s Congress government has asked all NGOs in the state to provide details of the source and utilisation of funds received from abroad, and of the NGOs’ “involvement in agitations during the last five years”.

A detailed 33-point checklist prepared by the Internal Security Department (ISD) of the state police also seeks information on the NGOs’ “role in development”, and on their involvement in issues concerning forests, wildlife, tribal communities, and e-waste in Bangalore.

On July 10, Congress MLA and former Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar claimed in the Karnataka assembly that since 2006, NGOs in the state had received Rs 1,069 crore from abroad, and that many were using the money to stall or disrupt developmental activities such as nuclear, hydroelectricity and irrigation projects.

A month before Kumar’s intervention in the assembly, The Indian Express had first reported on a dossier that the Intelligence Bureau had submitted to the PMO on June 3, in which it had claimed that disruptions caused by NGOs was impacting GDP growth to the tune of “2-3 per cent per annum”.

Kumar, who cited intelligence sources for his information, also alleged that conservationist Dr Ullas Karanth had become a “tiger expert” after “having killed 13 tigers” in the Nagarhole tiger reserve.

Kumar was strongly backed by K G Bopaiah of the BJP, also a former Speaker of the assembly, who alleged that several NGOs in his home district of Coorg were “making money” in the name of tribal welfare. Congress MLA from Tarikere (Chikmagalur), G H Srinivasa, too alleged “malpractices” by NGOs in his constituency.

In response, Home Minister K J George announced that the state police ISD would investigate the funding of all NGOs for possible violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. He promised to table the ISD’s report in the next session of the assembly.

The police, however, seem to have gone further in their scrutiny of the NGOs. Besides the routine questions on foreign funding, expenditure and audits, the ISD has sought detailed information on:

Ø Participation by NGOs in agitations over the last five years

Ø Role of NGOs in development

Ø Activities of NGOs in Coorg and Chikmagalur

Ø Role of tiger expert Ullas Karanth

Ø NGOs involved with issues of women’s protection, the forest department, wildlife board, evacuation/rehabilitation of tribals, devdasi children and Bangalore-based IT companies generating e-waste

Ø Investigation/inquiry by the CBI on NGOs’ activities

An official in the ISD claimed the form had gone out to the NGOs by mistake. “It was meant for the ISD’s internal use, and listed the areas we would focus our probe on. Only financial details were to be sought but, somehow, the entire list was sent out to some NGOs,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

ISD head Amar K Pandey, ADGP, Karnataka Police, however, confirmed that the scope of the probe extended beyond the NGOs’ financial dealings. “Our mandate comes from the legislature, and we have sought information (from the NGOs) on the issues raised in the assembly debate. It is up to the NGOs how much they will disclose, say, about participating in agitations or a certain individual’s role. Our investigation is on,” Pandey said.

Praveen Bharghav of Wildlife First, a Bangalore-based NGO that does not accept foreign or government funding, said, “Under the Constitution, NGOs and citizens have wide-ranging rights and freedom to peacefully campaign against government policy and decisions, including petitioning courts. While NGOs do have to comply with regulations on funding, they cannot be intimidated on the pretext of financial scrutiny.

Some NGOs in Kodagu and Chikmagalur, including Wildlife First, have been relentlessly fighting corrupt officials and other vested interests involved in mining, tree felling etc., exposing losses of several hundred crores to the exchequer.”

Bopaiah told The Sunday Express that he was not aware of the information sought by the state government. “I supported Ramesh Kumar’s call for a probe after he furnished some documents in the assembly suggesting wrongdoings by certain NGOs,” he said.

Kumar said he could not comment immediately. “I raised the issue based on media reports and some homework in July. I am travelling, and need some time to look up those facts again before commenting,” he said.

Home minister K J George could not be reached despite repeated attempts. Ullas Karanth declined to comment.

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