In an interesting and enthusiastic gathering, the Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) witnessed a panel of senior professionals in Chennai engage with the Citizen Development Centre on addressing the organization’s roadblocks and challenges.
CSO Partners has partnered with the Loyola Centre for Business Ethics & Corporate Governance
for the Chennai chapter of the NGO Advisory Panel initiative
. The objective of this initiative is to bolster the efficiency of small to medium sized NGOs by providing them with a platform to interact with senior professionals possessing expertise in diverse areas like HR, Marketing, Finance, Communication, Organizational Development, IT, Fund Raising, etc. Such a platform enables NGOs to access guidance, support and direct mentoring support from the panel of experts.
At the 3rd NGO Advisory Panel meeting, Mr. Dhilip of Citizen Development Centre (CDC) addressed the panel members regarding the challenges of conducting vocational training ands skill development for less privileged individuals. CDC is a registered NGO that was formed with the objective of supporting persons with leprosy, differently abled individuals and women.
The panel members were sensitized towards the need for vocational training in and around Chennai, and Mr. Dhilip received whole hearted support from the panel members in the form of conducting a Participatory Rural Appraisal in the areas where they wish to expand, and developing a business model which would help CDC operate in a more self-sustainable manner. Now motivated with renewed energy, Mr. Dhilip is grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the NGO Advisory Panel in Chennai.
Every 6 weeks, panel members engage with a small to medium sized NGO, selected by CSO Partners based on a set of criteria. After a thorough assessment of the organization’s challenges at the panel meeting, two ‘Lead Advisors’ are selected from amongst the panel members, who further mentor the NGO in overcoming its challenges. The Chennai chapter has thus far engaged with 4 NGOs, and possesses a 17 member strong panel.