of the Meeting of the NGO Council held on 4th Aug. 2006
council members present on Aug 4, 2006 meeting at BSE
ACIL- Navasarjan Rural Development Foundation (ANARDE): Mr. Govind Dhaske
Aishabai & Haji Abdul Latif Charitable Trust : Dr. Mrs.
Bharashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (BVJA ) : Col. Ramesh
Wasudeo & Mr. Bhavesh Patel
Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT): Ms. Harsha Parekh, Dr. Veena Devsthali
& Ms. Dinaz Pareb
Church's Auxillary for Social Action (CASA) : Mr. Anil Chandra
Citizens Council for Better Tomorrow (CCBT): Mr. Deepak Negi
Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial Trust/ Harmony : Mr. Hiren Mehta
Federation of Centres for Community Organization (FCCO) : Mr. R.P.
F-South Ward Citizens Forum/Mahiti Adhikar Manch : Mr. Bhaskar
10. Guru Nanak College of Education & Research : Ms. Ponni
Hosmac Foundation/ HOPES : Ms. Jagruti Bhatia
Indian Assoc for the Promotion of Adoption & Child Welfare (IAPA) :
Ms. Kaumudi Telang
Indian Assoc for Preschool Education- Mumbai Branch (IAPE): Ms. Shirin
Choksey & Ms. Purnima Contractor
JNA Wireless Association: Mr. Sudhir V. Shah
15. Karmayog: Mr. Vinay
Somani, Mr. Mr. Jayant Upadhyay, Mr. Saurav Sarkar, Ms. Tanya Mahajan,
Ms. Neha Mishra & Mr. Adrian Crasto
LIFE Trust : Mr. Vijay Joshi
Maharastra State Women's council (MSWC): Ms. Shaila Mehta, Ms. Maya
Malabar Hill North/ LACG : Ms. Indrani Malkani
National Assoc for the Blind (NAB) : Mr. C.A. Gomes
Pestom Sagar Citizens Forum LACG: Mr. N.K. Pratapan & Mr.
R. Jhunjhunwala Foundation: Mr. S.M. Kothawala
Saathi: Mr. Shwetank Mishra
SIES College of Management Studies: Ms. Gayatri Vivek
SNEHA : Ms. Bhavna Kapadia
Society for the education of crippled (SEC) : Ms. Rucha
SP Jain institute of management & research: Ms. Shaoli Chakravorty
The Shahani Trust : Mr. Akhil Shahani & Ms. Maya Shahani
Toxics Link Mumbai : Dr. Kishore Wankhade
World Vision : Mr. Pravin Bansode & Mr. John Mathew
Worli Woods : Mr. Amarpal Singh
Yuva : Ms. Phoebe Simon
Yuvak Pratisthan : Mr.
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE): Mr. Kalyan Bose & Mr.
IIT: Ms. Binti Kantha
Minutes of the Meeting of the NGO Council held on 4th
3:30 pm at the BSE
Introduction: All those present were requested
to introduce themselves briefly and state what value their NGO / organisation
could gain from the NGO Council, and what support / value they could
bring to the Council.
BSE: Mr.Kalyan Bose, of the BSE Training
Centre, said that the BSE has a CSR division, and if they received a
list of NGOs that were vetted by the NGO Council, they could consider
offering / organising some financial support to them.
Role of the Council and its members: Ms.
Harsha Parekh of BCPT had prepared a note on the role of NGOs in the
NGO Council, and the role of the NGO Council, and this note had been
circulated to all members.
Focus Groups: It was proposed to set up
focus groups for different sectors within the NGO Council, so that those
NGOs working on similar issues can work together to strengthen their
sector, as well as raise awareness on that issue though events held
on the World Day for that sector, etc.
Acting as an Advocacy Group: It was expressed
that the NGO Council could act as an advocacy group with Government
to influence policy and decisions, as individual NGOs usually find this
difficult to do.
Influencing Policy making: Col. Wasudeo
expressed that we, as citizens, must participate and work actively for
better governance, as we are all part-owners of our country. The NGO
Council can engage with our elected representatives so that good laws
and policies are made, and then properly implemented.
Events on World Days: To create awareness
of various social issues and causes, the NGO Council could focus
on activities that could be done on the World Day of that cause. Before
that day, the objective would be to prepare a list of NGOs and related
organisations, holding a meeting of these and connected individuals, maybe
forming a Focus Group, preparing a policy paper, etc. On or around the
World Day, we could hold an event either with an NGO or a group of NGOs.
of the Days could be:
Sep - World Literacy Day
Sep - Day of the Deaf
Oct - World Mental Health Day - with NAMI India
15 Oct - World White Cane Day - with NAB - Natl Assoc of the Blind
19 Nov - Child Sexual Abuse - with LifeTrust
3 Dec.- Day of the Disabled - with NAB
Sharing Views, etc: It was expressed that
all NGOs should share their research, documentation, perspectives, views,
etc. widely so as to be able to reach Government and concerned individuals
and organisations and thus influence policy and planning.
Focus on Implementation: It was expressed
that often the policies framed have several loopholes that render the
policies ineffective, and furthermore once the policy is framed, it
often remains on paper, with very poor implementation. A possible solution
to this is to not only participate early enough in the policy making
process, but also work actively with Government in making and executing
a plan of implementation, as well as building several implementation
strategies into the policy itself.
Institutionalising the NGO sector: One
of the aims of the NGO Council is to institutionalise the NGO sector
in a manner similar to various trade and industry organisations such
as IMC, CII, FICCI, etc.
Replicating successes: Several NGOs offered
to expand / share their local successes / best practices with other
NGOs, if desired. Several NGOs expressed the need to expand / replicate
their individual projects / best practices for the entire city.
Tapping into Grants: Several NGOs spoke
about the availability of funds, and offered to share this with others.
Offers for support: Some Trusts / Foundations
that were present invited NGOs to apply to them for funds.
Area-wise Grouping: Karmayog is in the
process of profiling all NGOs in a locality - so as so enable better
coordination between NGOs in a locality, and also to share and learn
from best practices.
Diagonal Grouping: Through the discussion,
NGOs of different sectors also offered to collaborate with each other
to address focus areas in each other's sectors. E.g. Harmony offered
to work with the senior citizens of RWAs.
Continual pressure: It was expressed that
with Government, things rarely continue of their own steam, and hence
constant pressure is required up to some stage, in order to see any
project / initiative through.
Certification of NGOs: It was expressed
that the NGO Council could consider vetting / certification for NGOs
so that donors are satisfied and can trust that their funds will be
used effectively. This will be discussed with GIVE Foundation and Credibility
Transparency: It was expressed that all
NGOs should publicly share their annual financial reports, as this is
an important first step in building confidence.
Sub-Groups: The following sub-groups were
formed to take up specific issues:
Government and other Grants
of Best Practices / projects
Council MoU - dialogue with MCGM
i. Toxic Links
(Ford Foundation Grants)
Pestom Sagar Citizens Forum
Malkani, Malabar Hill Residents Assoc
ii. Akhil Shahani,
ii. CEE (Green
Malkani, Malabar Hill Residents Assoc
ii. Mrs. Mehta,
ii. Col. Ramesh
Wasudeo, Brashtachar Virodh Andolan
iii. HOPE /
SNEHA (offered space)
Dalal, MoneyLife Foundation
iv. Hiren Mehta,
iv. SIES student
volunteers for documentation
BCAS (?) /
v. SIES students
to research market needs
Members to be invited to form other
focus groups of their interest e.g. Women; Children; Education; Vocational
Training; Disabled; etc.
for the NGO Council: It was suggested that governance structures
should be set up for the NGO Council as well. Harshaben said that looking
at the diversity of the member NGOs of the Council, we need to formulate
creative structures for the Council.
RTI for individuals and NGOs: Mahiti Adhikar
Manch agreed to help citizens convert their complaints into RTI applications.
Further, the Manch could also conduct a workshop for NGOs on how to
use the RTI Act
Deeper discussion needed on Child labour issues:
It was decided that concerned NGOs would take up the issue of child
labour and the recent Domestic Workers' Bill, at a later stage, in greater
Vocational Training: It was discussed
that there is a gap in the products made by NGOs through their vocational
training programmes, and the needs of the market. Further, in addition
to making products, services training also needs to be given
Sensitisation document: It was discussed
that NGOs should prepare a sensitisation document about their unique
views and perspectives, and the NGO Council would examine effective
ways to reach this to a wide audience.
HAM Radio: JNA wireless association has
offered to train HAM radio operators, and NGOs were invited to avail
of this training.
Dialogue with MCGM: It was decided that
in order to address the recent attempts by some NGOs to dissolve the
MCGM-NGO Council MoU, a group of 3 members from the Council are nominated
to represent the Council on this specific issue. These are Col. Wasudeo,
Sucheta Dalal, and Indrani Malkani.
Endorsement of MOU with BMC: It was agreed
that the NGO Council stands by the MOU signed with BMC, and if any individual
NGO Council member organisation is not agreeable, then it should formally
withdraw from the NGO Council, failing which it is understood that each
individual NGO Council member is agreeable to and endorses the MOU.
Endorsement of Activities so far: Activities
till date taken on behalf of the NGO Council by the Convenor Vinay Somani
and other members were appreciated and endorsed. It is understood that
recommendations by the NGO Council are not binding on individual NGO
Membership Applications: Member NGOs should
send in their NGO Council membership forms on their letterheads latest
by 21st August, 2006. Those who do not so will be considered
as not interested to continue their membership. Each member will be
Convenor for period Aug. 2006-July 2007:
It was decided that as the NGO Council is still in its formative stage,
Vinay Somani should continue to be the Convenor of the Council, and
during this period, detailed structures for the NGO Council would be
Membership Criteria, Fees, Funding, etc. : Due
to lack of time, these were deferred to a future meeting.