About the Organisation
Apnalaya strives to create equal opportunities for everyone
and promoting an optimum quality of life. Apnalaya extends its helping hand in
communities that lack the most basic amenities and where access to education
is difficult. It concentrates on developing local knowledge, skills and
leadership and on providing direct services when required.
The Apnalaya Board
Perspectives from both a Board member and CEO
The Board comprises people who have evolved and grown with the
- It is a Board of peers and is
homogenous – diversity for the sake of it is not practiced and its quality
of the individuals in terms of skill and commitment that form the basis of
selection of Board members
- Most have worked and continue to engage in the programme on a voluntary
basis but in a hands on manner.
- It has been mandatory for all Board members to posses some degree of
community orientation in addition to the other skills they bring in
- This has led to a greater understanding of organisational needs and the
context in which Apnalaya works.
- Board members are accessible at all times and are in touch with the
programme and all related aspects by way of information
- Board members have to have demonstrated pragmatism and flexibility in
their approach, given the nature of Apnalaya’s work.
- The processes in the Board are very democratic and disagreements are
always resolved through discussions and dialogue.
- Whilst democracy and consultation may sometimes compromise speed…it
has worked for Apnalaya in that it has enabled a great sense of ownership
and pride across the Board on all issues
- Whilst formal lines of authority are non existent, there are stringent
guidelines for financial and programme accountability.
- Supporting and trusting the CEO form the basis of engagement of the
Board with the organisation
- Clarity in terms of expectations of time and commitment makes it easier
to engage individual Board members appropriately.
- The Board is encouraged to meet with field staff as well as the
- Since access to all stakeholders is high and channels of communication
open, it has been possible to develop a high degree of ownership in the
Board of the organisation
- everyone has access to information
- The role of the Chair has been significant in ensuring the effectiveness
of the Board.
- Since Apnalaya is a ‘community led’ organisation, planning too much
into the future in terms of Board needs is not very relevant
Apnalaya maybe contacted at
75, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400 026, India