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AVPN February Webinar: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Social Purpose Organizations

15 February 2019

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Despite the billions of dollars that have been invested in the development sector, India still has a long way to go to raise health, education and nutrition indicators to reasonable levels. Being home to nearly a fifth of the world’s population, India needs solutions that have the potential to reach millions. The consensus that funders and social purpose organizations (SPOs) have agreed on is this: in order to impact more lives, there is a need to not only invest in programmes but also in the institutions that deliver them.

Institution building is perhaps the least understood aspect of what it takes to impact lives at scale. While technical excellence is crucial, scaling requires investments in people, processes and systems that stretch far beyond programmes themselves. Unfortunately, there are insufficient funder-fundee conversations on this subject to encourage meaningful engagement.

This webinar by AVPN members Dasra and Quest Alliance:

  • Examined the role of ‘capacity building’ across the growth stages of SPOs
  • Provided actionable guidance for SPOs to maximise value from capacity building investments, and for funders to provide greater and better-informed support for institution building
  • Shared insights from Quest Alliance’s institution building inflexion points, and how these landmarks allowed it to achieve impact at scale.

References

A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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We see social investment as a continuum that encompasses everything from philanthropy and venture philanthropy to impact investing, CSR and sustainable investment. We call this the “Continuum of Capital”.

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