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FCRA Bill 2020: Disallowing re-granting between FCRA compliant organisation will cut short India’s development story

Re-granting between FCRA compliant organisations ensure better and more accountable management of Funds, that already addresses many of the concerns of govt, says Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India

New Delhi | September 22, 2020 The FCRA Bill 2020 that will be tabled in Rajya Sabha this week aims to make the non-profit sector more compliant and prevent any misappropriation of funds. As a grant-making organisation, it has been our mission to ensure that grants are utilised efficiently in a transparent manner. However, we would like to draw the attention of the government to one particular clause that disallows transfers between FCRA compliant organisations (re-granting).

Re-granting, through Indian entities, helps in better management of funds, more accountability, curtails misappropriation of funds and helps achieve greater impact on the ground. Grant-making serves as a real enabler for most mid to small size NGOs. The clause, once implemented will curtail the funds of many grant-making organisations along with other FCRA-compliant grassroots organisations.

Grassroots organisations, with their ear to the ground have been the real mover-shakers in terms of furthering India’s development agenda at the local and hyperlocal levels. We have seen how NGOs worked selflessly during the COVID-19 lockdown. Now as the country gears up to recover from the socio-economic setbacks brought about by the pandemic, NGOs will be instrumental in addressing challenges at local and hyperlocal levels. The abovementioned clause will clip their wings and disallow them to continue with their good work.

Grassroots organizations are already starved for resources and find the much-needed support through the process of sub granting. Restricting re-granting and drastically reducing admin costs can affect many critical services for poor along with millions of jobs in the NGO sector.

The government must encourage the flow of foreign funds, especially from the Indian diaspora. It not only brings in more money into the social sector, but also creates a pathway for knowledge, technological know-how and skills, which will help in addressing poverty and reducing inequalities –issues that are crucial for achieving the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. Through our comprehensive validation programme, we chose the most credible and compliant NGOs to implement developmental programmes. For over two decades, we have seen how re-granting has helped in curtailing misappropriation and efficient utilisation of funds, ensuring a positive impact on the lives of people, their communities and environment. It enables a robust system for monitoring, planning and improving projects that feed into the country’s development story.

The government should consider leveraging the strength of the re-granting model rather than removing it. We would urge the government to look at the positives of re-granting and remove the abovementioned clause from the FCRA Bill 2020.

For further details, contact: Anindita Datta Choudhury, Lead, Media and Communications, CAF India : +91-9871515804; anindita.choudhury@cafindia.org

Re-granting between FCRA compliant organisations ensure better and more accountable management of Funds, that already addresses many of the concerns of govt, says Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India

New Delhi | September 22, 2020 The FCRA Bill 2020 that will be tabled in Rajya Sabha this week aims to make the non-profit sector more compliant and prevent any misappropriation of funds. As a grant-making organisation, it has been our mission to ensure that grants are utilised efficiently in a transparent manner. However, we would like to draw the attention of the government to one particular clause that disallows transfers between FCRA compliant organisations (re-granting).

Re-granting, through Indian entities, helps in better management of funds, more accountability, curtails misappropriation of funds and helps achieve greater impact on the ground. Grant-making serves as a real enabler for most mid to small size NGOs. The clause, once implemented will curtail the funds of many grant-making organisations along with other FCRA-compliant grassroots organisations.

Grassroots organisations, with their ear to the ground have been the real mover-shakers in terms of furthering India’s development agenda at the local and hyperlocal levels. We have seen how NGOs worked selflessly during the COVID-19 lockdown. Now as the country gears up to recover from the socio-economic setbacks brought about by the pandemic, NGOs will be instrumental in addressing challenges at local and hyperlocal levels. The abovementioned clause will clip their wings and disallow them to continue with their good work.

Grassroots organizations are already starved for resources and find the much-needed support through the process of sub granting. Restricting re-granting and drastically reducing admin costs can affect many critical services for poor along with millions of jobs in the NGO sector.

The government must encourage the flow of foreign funds, especially from the Indian diaspora. It not only brings in more money into the social sector, but also creates a pathway for knowledge, technological know-how and skills, which will help in addressing poverty and reducing inequalities –issues that are crucial for achieving the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. Through our comprehensive validation programme, we chose the most credible and compliant NGOs to implement developmental programmes. For over two decades, we have seen how re-granting has helped in curtailing misappropriation and efficient utilisation of funds, ensuring a positive impact on the lives of people, their communities and environment. It enables a robust system for monitoring, planning and improving projects that feed into the country’s development story.

The government should consider leveraging the strength of the re-granting model rather than removing it. We would urge the government to look at the positives of re-granting and remove the abovementioned clause from the FCRA Bill 2020.

For further details, contact: Anindita Datta Choudhury, Lead, Media and Communications, CAF India : +91-9871515804; anindita.choudhury@cafindia.org

Grassroots NGOs get a platform to showcase their products at CAF India’s NGO MELA: #SHOP4GOOD

Gurgaon | December 21, 2018 | Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India kick-started a four-day shopping festival (NGO Mela) #Shop4Good, to mark the beginning of the holiday season today at Palam Triangle, Gurugram. The initiative aims to bring together different NGOs committed for driving social change in our community and give wings to the dreams of many who would otherwise not have an opportunity.

The Mela will not only provide an urban platform to artisans and NGOs coming from remote, rural India and showcase their products/produce but also give an opportunity to urban population to buy organic products/produce painstakingly made by the poor artisans.

Mr. Lila Dhar Batra president of Owners Welfare Association, Palam Triangle, Palam Vihar, Gurugram inaugurated the mela, which will continue till December 24. “Every product here has a story to share -- a story of victory over heavy odds. It is our endeavour to identify and partner with NGOs and artisans working at the grassroots level and support them in their mission pursuits,” said Ms Meenakshi Batra, CEO, CAF India. Ms Batra added that the mela will not only help these NGOs raise funds, but will also enable these organizations build linkages with the bulk buyers for future. “Through participation these rural artisans and NGOs will be able to understand the demand and taste of urban customers. Our objective is to make these NGOs economically sustainable.”

Some highlights of Mela are: handloom, handicrafts, jewelry and home decor, natural and organic products. The showstopper at the Mela would be organic products manufactured by the artisans. A workshop for rural women from various Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be conducted during the mela, which will help them to enhance their knowledge and sharpen their skills in product design, packaging, marketing and communication skills etc.

Some NGOs participating in the fair are: Read India, Aadi India, TYCIA Foundation, Ropio Foundation, Literacy India, Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust Centre for Appropriate Technology & Development, Ecokarma, Adiyuva, Pranab Mukherjee Foundation, Sadhna, Organic Farmers, Energinee and many more.

Gurgaon | December 21, 2018 | Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India kick-started a four-day shopping festival (NGO Mela) #Shop4Good, to mark the beginning of the holiday season today at Palam Triangle, Gurugram. The initiative aims to bring together different NGOs committed for driving social change in our community and give wings to the dreams of many who would otherwise not have an opportunity.

The Mela will not only provide an urban platform to artisans and NGOs coming from remote, rural India and showcase their products/produce but also give an opportunity to urban population to buy organic products/produce painstakingly made by the poor artisans.

Mr. Lila Dhar Batra president of Owners Welfare Association, Palam Triangle, Palam Vihar, Gurugram inaugurated the mela, which will continue till December 24. “Every product here has a story to share -- a story of victory over heavy odds. It is our endeavour to identify and partner with NGOs and artisans working at the grassroots level and support them in their mission pursuits,” said Ms Meenakshi Batra, CEO, CAF India. Ms Batra added that the mela will not only help these NGOs raise funds, but will also enable these organizations build linkages with the bulk buyers for future. “Through participation these rural artisans and NGOs will be able to understand the demand and taste of urban customers. Our objective is to make these NGOs economically sustainable.”

Some highlights of Mela are: handloom, handicrafts, jewelry and home decor, natural and organic products. The showstopper at the Mela would be organic products manufactured by the artisans. A workshop for rural women from various Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be conducted during the mela, which will help them to enhance their knowledge and sharpen their skills in product design, packaging, marketing and communication skills etc.

Some NGOs participating in the fair are: Read India, Aadi India, TYCIA Foundation, Ropio Foundation, Literacy India, Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust Centre for Appropriate Technology & Development, Ecokarma, Adiyuva, Pranab Mukherjee Foundation, Sadhna, Organic Farmers, Energinee and many more.