BCPT-CAP Awards for Excellence Amongst VOs in Mumbai
Theme: Knowledge Sharing and Project Documentation
An event - the first of its kind - to recognise and
honour the voluntary sector in Mumbai city.
The Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT) and Centre
for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP) are happy to announce two Awards for Excellence
Amongst Voluntary Organisations working in Mumbai. The theme of Knowledge Sharing
and Project Documentation has been identified since India has been and continues
to be a knowledge rich society. Not only the academic and scientific sectors,
but also the social service sector – the civil society – has accumulated a vast
and dependable knowledge base to make initiatives sustainable and replicable,
within the country and in the developing world.
The theme has also been chosen to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing
away of H T Parekh, one of the founders and leading lights of BCPT as well as
CAP, who strongly believed in working together for the common good. This was
also reflected in his work at the corporate, industry, and social sector levels.
VOs/NGOs/NPOs are involved in projects which seek to
bring about positive improvements in society. The success of its implementation
strategy may vary from minimal to a significant extent. In addition to this
outcome, each project is also a learning experience for the implementing agency.
Cumulatively, these learning experiences are a rich knowledge base. This knowledge
base, when shared with a larger audience, can be leveraged for more effectiveness
in civil society initiatives.
We invite every VO/NGO/NPO to reflect on its projects, select one that has provided
the richest learning experience and document it. The contest is about knowledge
sharing and not about success achieved. Record the knowledge acquired by preparing
a document indicating (a) the project objectives (b) innovative features in
the objectives and/or methodology, if any (c) measurable impact and tangible
changes which have occurred/not occurred, (d) the cost effectiveness and sustainability
of the project or otherwise (e) factors affecting the success or failure (f)
and the learning outcomes it provided to the implementing agency. The criteria
for short-listing will be: comprehensiveness, objectivity, clarity, and articulation
of the information and a professional approach. Reflection on the project experiences
and ability to extract learning outcomes from them will be significant parameters.
Rules of the Award
- Only VOs/NGOs/NPOs working within the greater metropolitan region
of Mumbai can participate by sending in an entry. Each entry must be accompanied
with full contact details of the organisation.
- The VO/NGO/NPO will select a particular Mumbai-based project it
has initiated within the last five years and document the processes and
- The document text should be brief – not more than 2500 words.
Participants may submit photographs, media clippings and other evidence
where absolutely necessary.
- Only one entry per organisation can be sent
- The documentation (both hard and soft copies) should be sent to
BCPT’s office by December 31, 2004 at the latest.
- BCPT reserves the right to publish the short-listed documented
- The decision of the jury + participant response will be final.
- A group of three experts (drawn from the academic, corporate and
philanthropic or social service sectors) will shortlist up to 10 project
- At a meeting of participants to be organised in the third week
of February 2005, the 10 short-listed cases will be given an opportunity
to present a summary of their project documentation in 10-12 minutes, to
an audience of experts and peers.
- The experts and the audience present will together judge the documentation
awards will be announced on the same day, after the presentations.
- The panel
of three experts will give marks (out of 100) to each of the written as
well as presented versions of the documentation exercise
organisation present in the audience will also evaluate the projects (out
of 50 marks). Only one evaluation per organisation will be permitted.
will not be allowed to evaluate their own presentation.
- The marks
of the participants will be averaged and will be combined with the marks
of the expert jury to decide the best two presentations.
First Prize: Rs.100,000 + a certificate
Second Prize: Rs.51,000 + a certificate
The Award giving function will be held at a later date. A publication consisting
of selected cases will be released on this day.
For information contact:
BCPT Earnest House,
7th floor Nariman Point,
Mumbai 400 021
Tel. 22836672 / 22845928
BCPT & CAP appreciate the support of HDFC Ltd. in this