Training Programme in Managing NGOs for Sustainable Development

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
In Gandhinagar

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Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (Via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge),P.O. Bhat, 382428, Gujarat, India
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The NGO sector effectively works towards uplifting the socio-economic status of the poor. However, for a significant impact in the present era of liberalisation and globalisation wherein market forces adopt a key role, it becomes essential for the NGO sector to take a lead in helping poor fight the challenges posed by the system. NGOs can help the poor by providing access to the system, information on market opportunities, training facilities, information on sources of credit, etc. Keeping this in view, EDI conceptualised and implemented a unique training intervention for NGO capacity building. This training programme is expected to sensitise the sector and develop skills in the NGO officials for better management of the organisation and developmental initiatives. Through this unique intervention, supported by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (FNSt), EDI has trained more than 100 chief executives of NGOs and helped them institutionalise the process of sustainable development.

Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) are playing a very critical role in the process of managing development initiatives of various kinds at the rural level. Even the Government of India has recognised the critical role of the NGOs in the Five - Year Plans, as they have commitment, credibility with the masses and professional approach to the people's issues unlike the Charitable organisations of earlier days. However, despite their good intentions, a large number of NGOs find it difficult to sustain in the long run i.e. sustainability of organisations as well as sustainability of projects.

It has also been observed in various research reports and documents that most of the projects undertaken by the NGOs no longer remain viable once the donor funding is withdrawn. This has created a sort of dependency syndrome. This in turn leads to somewhat perennial dependency of the people on the NGOs as the so called 'peoples' participation' is more because of the availability of funds rather than felt needs. However, in the past few years the donor agencies are also becoming aware of this fact and are becoming selective in funding projects and NGOs. Sometime it leads to a mismatch between the people's needs and availability of donor funds. While the funds for developmental initiatives are becoming scarce, the dependence of NGOs on such funds is yet to reduce. Unless the NGOs are developed, prepared to face these new emerging trends and able to keep pace with the turbulence, it would be difficult for them to sustain.

Moreover, quite a few NGOs have been operating without proper direction, organisational development, good management practices and specific mission. A few areas like decision-making for right kind of developmental intervention, managing socio-economic change and attaining sustainability, remain the 'Achilles heel' for them. All this, more often than not, gets reflected in implementation of the developmental projects leading to be ineffective.

It is, therefore, argued that a short term training programme for strengthening the managerial capabilities of NGOs will go a long way in improving their performance and effectiveness significantly. Hence, EDI has designed and organises 6-day training programmes for the senior level functionaries of NGOs for improving their managerial capabilites.


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