NGOs urged to avoid mediators in CSR

BENGALURU: NGOs participating in a programme exploring alliances with corporates in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities were urged to avoid taking help from mediators or middlemen who often made profits out of linking the two together.

The plea was made by the Chief Guest, Dr H Sudarshan, a renowned social worker and tribal rights activist at the event “Capacity Building Programme for NGOs” organised here on Friday by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM).

Inaugurating the programme, Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, former Chief Justice of India said, “The NGO community must grow up in a hurry.” Pointing out the crumbling faith of people in the government and their own society, he added that it is important for NGOs to be transparent, legal, and credible in all social activities.

Panelists during the inaugural session of the event. PHOTO – RALPH

Dr Sudarshan said, “As finding funding sources for an NGO is a challenge, CSR activities of corporate companies act as a major helpinghand… The major source of income for social work is the taxpayer’s money, which it is challenging to claim from the authorities. The corrupted system in turn makes the situation worse.”

Aroon Raman, convener of CII-CSR Panel,said  “We are trying to work on an innovative platform to strengthen network connections in the sector, thereby opening up opportunities to give and take mentorship and feedback for improved working.”

“As part of CSR activities, companies begin with a social mind but for some gradually the businessmind comes to play. Thus, getting real organisations is the major challenge and this event would help solving this to some extent,” said Jeevan Mullolli, who represented the Bhoruka Charitable Trust.

Ralph Alex Arakal

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