Finalists of India NGO Awards 2009 | NGOs honoured for accountability, transparency and good practices

New Delhi, Delhi, September 16, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire/ -- Kamatchi who lives with her husband and their two sons in Sengapadai village of Madurai district, Tamil Nadu is one of the rare women shouldering the responsibility of her 4.5 acres of rain fed farmland. Her husband has never stepped on the land for farming. She has to run the family all alone with the income she earns from the farm and from the income she earns as a coolie. Further, the vagaries of monsoon and lack of effective coping mechanism coupled with lack of suitable financial services has pushed resource-poor farmers like Kamatchi and others into the depths of poverty. It was during this time that Kamatchi joined the Kaliamman Uzhavar khulu (or rainfed farmers' groups) promoted by DHAN Foundation in that area. The group helped her meet various household needs and supported her in farming activities by helping her access timely credit. Today, she has a total savings of Rs.5600 in the group, and had availed a total loan amount of Rs.70191 from her group, with the current loan outstanding of Rs.21360. Raja, aged 19, is an orphan. He was raised in Sneha Sadan, an orphanage run by the Holy Family Church in Andheri, Mumbai. He was introduced to drugs by a friend when he was 12 years old. For three years prior to June 2006 he had been injecting brown sugar. Now Raja is HIV positive. In June 2006, Raja attended the awareness programme organised by the Salam Balak Trust, Mumbai and UNODC. Inspired by the programme, he insisted that he wanted to be admitted to the Don Bosco de-addiction centre immediately. He stayed there for a month, and then was sent back to Mumbai. Upon his return to Mumbai, he went to SBT where he showed an interest to work. SBT provided him the timely support he needed. Now he is clean and does not want to hang around his old haunts, though he would like to work with the children from SBT. These are just some stories about the work of the finalists of The India NGO Awards 2009 instituted by the Resource Alliance and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.. The Resource Alliance, with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation, has recently announced the finalists of the India NGO Awards 2009. The awards are instituted to honour non governmental organizations (NGOs) adhering to good standards and practices in resource mobilisation, accountability and transparency thus also setting examples for other players in the non profit sector too. In today's world where inclusive development is a far cry for economies like India, these NGOs have being doing exemplary work in their fields to ensure a just and equitable distribution of the benefits of the expanding economy. Each of the Awardees brings innovation and creativity, working in a transparent manner to address the needs of their communities and helping India meet its millennium development goals. The finalists of the India NGO Awards 2009 are as follows: Small: Awards in this category are given to NGOs whose annual budget is under Rs 50 lakh. a) Sshrishti b) Vision Aid Charitable Services Society c) Palsa Pally Unnayan Samity (PPUS) d) Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai Medium: Awards in this category are given to NGOs whose annual budget is between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 5 crore a) Katha b) Tie between Dream-a-Dream Foundation & India Foundation for the Arts c) Tie between Calcutta Rescue & Network For Enterprise Enhancement And Development Support (NEEDS) d) Gujarat State Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (GSNP+) Large: Awards in this category are given to NGOs whose annual budget is over Rs 5 crore. a) Tie between HelpAge India & Development Alternatives b) DHAN Foundation c) Indian Grameen Services d) GiveIndia The jury for this year's India NGO Awards included: Ms Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson Arghyam; Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission; Mr Rowland Roome, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation; Mr Ajay Mehta, Executive Director, National Foundation of India and Mr Pradeep Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, CyberMedia (India) Ltd. The organisations were evaluated on the following parameters-Effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources from the local community; Demonstration of efficient management of resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability and effective communication; Impact of services provided to the community. Applicants meeting the criteria were shortlisted for a site visit by a team of assessors in each region. The India NGO Awards 2009 are instituted to recognise & acknowledge organizations that are doing exemplary work in the non profit sector and have played a pivotal role in bringing about a positive change in the society. In time, these Awards have gained tremendous recognition and credibility and have encouraged more and more people & organisations to work in the field of promoting transparency and accountability in the non profit sector. The National India NGO Award 2009 winners will be announced on 17th September 2010 and the awardees will be felicitated by Shri Mukul Wasnik, Honourable Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. The Resource Alliance is an international not-for-profit organisation working globally to build the capacity of civil society organisations towards greater financial sustainability. This is done through workshops, seminars, accredited courses that are run in partnership with business schools and consulting and advisory services. Headquartered in London, the organisation has offices in India and Uganda with additional staff members in Brazil & the Czech Republic. -