Dimapur, May 4: The MSW students of Community Development Forum organized “We Knit 2019” at DBIDL Hall, Don Bosco campus, Dimapur.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr Hesheto Chishi, Director, Indigenous Cultural Society, who is also the President of Nagaland NGOs Forum, emphasized on the importance of having conceptual clarity about NGOs in order to avoid undue misconceptions.
He shared the staggering NGO registration statistics of India having 6, 20,000 NGOs and Nagaland with 30,000 NGOs registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. However, the sad reality is that only 40 to 50 NGOs are genuinely functioning presently in Nagaland, he added.
He spoke about the various areas of NGOs taken up by operational NGOs which are relief oriented, religious or secular, public or private oriented.
Developmental NGOs carry out activities for direct service delivery to the beneficiaries such as food, shelter and education, health, skills development, self-reliance, he said adding in all these, resources have to be made more viable to the people at the grass roots level.
He ended his address with an inspirational quotation “Love life, do good and live well”.
Following the keynote address was the panel discussion which was moderated by Imnuksungla Pongen, Assistant Professor, NEISSR. The first panelist N K Gurnani, Manager of NABARD, Dimapur, Nagaland spoke on the topic ‘Financial Inclusion and sustainability of NGOs’. He emphasized the importance of financial literacy and cited the dismal situation of lack of financial awareness in Nagaland.
The role of NGOs as the sector working closely with the marginalized could be to sensitize and create awareness of financial schemes and benefits given by the government, he said.
The second panelist, Asha Sanchu, Director of Miqlat Ministry, Dimapur discussed on the topic ‘Strategic Leadership and Good Governance of NGOs. She applauded NEISSR for being a forward thinking institution. Further, she spoke on the importance of being a dynamic leader with qualities of accountability, strategic thinking, integrity, transparency and clear vision and mission. Good governance was found as one of the core issues in Nagaland. There is urgent need to address trust deficit in the society, organizations and between government and NGO sector to share the knowledge, resources and expertise with all for the common growth, she stated.
The third panelist, K Ela, Director of Prodigal’s Home, Dimapur spoke on the topic ‘Networking with government, organizations and community’. She drew from her wealth of experience of working in the NGO sector. She lamented that NGOs and their work are devalued and even looked upon with suspicion by the people as well as the government.
She stressed on the importance of networking among the NGOs as one cannot work in isolation. In order to progress one needs the partnership of churches, department, resource person and community who can help in the process.
She brought forth the challenges faced by NGOs in Nagaland and why the sector is unable to build strong networking with other likeminded organizations. The NGOs ought to work towards being more transparent about their organization, work and develop a culture of professionalism, innovation, reflexive creativity instead of stereotypically taking up projects uncritically.
Fourth panelist, Gracy Aye, State Co-coordinator, State Resource Center for Women, Nagaland spoke on the topic Social Welfare Programmes and Schemes and partnerships of NGO’s. She stated that challenges in the work of both NGOs and Government seem to be more than the impact in the society. She also introduced the State Resource Center for Women and its mission, which is to give technical support to the state government, to implement and discuss gender related issues and empowerment of women.
She stressed on the role of NGO in bridging the gap where the government cannot reach.
The panel discussion ended with a lively discussion between the panelists and the participants as the latter posed relevant questions which were addressed with expertise by the panelists.
Earlier, in his inaugural speech, Dr. Fr. C P Anto, Principal, NEISSR stated that “We Knit” as an event carried forth by the students was a dream of NEISSR since its inception and it finally materialized because of the contribution and support from various organizations and individuals.
He mentioned that NEISSR supports the initiative of handholding among all the NGOs of Nagaland to make the state a better place to live.
Micro identity should move to macro identity and NGOs should not work as a money center but as a service center for the people in need, he said.
The event was organized by NEISSR and sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), State Resource Center for Women (SRCW), South Indian Bank (SIB), Community Avenue Network (CAN YOUTH), ANMA Integrated Development Association (AIDA), Nagaland NGO’s Forum (NNF), People in Need Foundation (PNF), Peace Channel, Nagaland Alliance for Child and Women’s Rights (NACWR) and NEISSR Alumni (NA).
(Page News Service)