TISS CECSR Learning Training Development (LTD) Practice

TISS AESDII Southern Conclave for CSR Partnerships


Date and time: April 23, 2018 9:30AM - April 25, 2018 7:30PM

Entailing a comprehensive schedule that includes takeaways for all partners, the
Southern Conclave is the first in a series of regional consultations cum workshops to be
held this year.

Are you part of a public/ private sector enterprise?

•Access to High Impact Proposals at the TISS AESDII Bazaar, sorted according to thematic and
geographical thrust areas
•Training and capacity building on the CSR law in India
•Knowledge on global best practices

Are you part of a Non Profit Organisation?
•Opportunity to interact with CSR funders at the TISS AESDII Bazaar
•Mentoring of flagship project proposals by TISS experts
•Capacity building and training on monitoring, evaluation and financial due dilligence

The Conclaves are an opportunity to explore synergies between funders and non-profits, for strengthening their respective internal capacities, and building partnerships to make the world a better place. The five Ws how questions pertaining to the Conclaves are addressed in the following paragraphs.
In a world of disruptive technology, information and an increasingly aspiring civil society – inequalities are becoming further perceptible. Addressing the world’s biggest problems then requires participation from multiple stakeholders. And therefore, Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in the year 2016 is defined as ‘Partnerships for the Goals”. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Businesses worldwide have begun thinking about including a triple bottom line approach as routine practice.
Accounting for profit, people and planet is becoming the way forward to build solutions in the development space. In India, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is mandated by legislation. However, four years after the legislation, enterprises are looking at CSR as serious business and not just an obligation. Funding to the non-profit sector is now being subjected to accountability mechanisms borrowed from the management disciplines. Metrics for social impact are becoming increasingly relevant. Setting of milestones, delivering outputs within timeframes, defining outcome indicators and further undertaking impact assessments are basic requisites demanded by funders. Enterprises are conducting Social Return on Investment (SROI) analyses to deliver and quantify social impact with utmost rigour. Amidst such a milieu that is competitive and complex, the non-profit sector must be willing to adapt with the needs of the funders while retaining the essence of their programmes and accountability to their core vision as well as stakeholders. When social impact is retained over a long course of time, attribution to an external entity becomes questionable. A community’s uptake of the programme or project is a key causal factor. Nevertheless social impact is a journey that needs to be tracked and documented throughout its course. It is critical that non-profits focus on good governance, financial due diligence, robust monitoring, evaluation, learning and documentation. While NPOs are acknowledging these due processes, it is a challenge for some to deliver on these premises.
Enterprises must also contribute in establishing accountability. Purpose driven initiatives that focus on
thematic concerns for creating long term social impact are a need of the hour. Erratic fund flow is a challenge for the non-profit sector. Largely dependent on aid for the running of their programmes, NPOs ought to have financial security. Corpus grants and financial commitment to causes are resolutions to ensure stability.
Packed with a schedule that addresses all the above mentioned subjects with a holistic approach, the
Conclaves approach every aspect in a systematic manner that benefits participants from across sectors. The sessions comprise of masterclasses, workshops and presentations. The first day begins with a 101 session that sets a contextual framework for the forthcoming days and ends with a masterclass on theory of change,and the fundamentals of results based management. The subsequent day begins with the masterclass on good governance and financial management. Post lunch, the focus is streamlined towards mentoring of flagship project proposals for CSR funding. The third day begins with a learning session on CSR, designed especially for managers from private and public sector enterprises. The Conclaves end with presentations of high impact proposals by NPOs at the TISS AESDII Bazaar.