[TCI-Changemaker] CSIM: An NGO to groom social entrepreneurs

The ThinkChange India staff is committed to providing our readers with interviews with people we believe are at the brink of something special but have for the most part been overlooked by the mainstream media. Readers will be able to see other conversations under our TC-I Changemakers tab.

In this edition TCI-changemaker focuses on Prof. K.L Srivastava, chief Coordinator of Center for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM) Hyderabad. A charitable organization cum learning centre that first started in Chennai, it has quickly spread to Bengaluru and Hyderabad and Mumabai with an aim to groom professionals from various fields to be social entrepreneurs by providing affordable and non-intrusive training programs. Badhri explores the Hyderabad wing of this unique organization and the gentleman at its helm in this conversation.

Badhri: Prof. Srivastava, Thanks for taking time off for this interview. Before we discuss about CSIM, can you please quickly outline your professional and educational background?

K.L. Srivastava: My pleasure. I grew up in a village in UP and completed my B Tech (Agricultural Engineering) degree from the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in 1966, and M Tech (Agricultural Engineering) with specialization in Soil and Water Management from IIT Kharagpur in 1972. Some of the positions I have held before joining CSIM in 2006 are: Associate Professor at the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar; Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Management, ICRISAT, Hyderabad; Consultant, Indo-Dutch APWELL project on participatory irrigation and rural development; and Natural Resource Management Specialist in some NGOs in Hyderabad.

Badhri: How did you come to be part of CSIM?

Prof. Srivastava: I have always believed that we can achieve equitable and sustainable development in India in a free market economy by strengthening the citizen sector. Due to my interest in social entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and management education in the social sector organizations, I acquired knowledge in these fields through self study and also by joining several discussion forums. While working with PRDIS (an NGO dealing with agriculture and rural development), I started working as a guest faculty at CSIM in 2005. Subsequently, I was invited to take over as the Chief Coordinator of CSIM in June 2006.

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Various Trainings/Workshops – CSR, Participatory Learning, and Livelihoods Promotion

We thought you might find the following trainings/workshops of particular interest. If you happen to attend any of these events, please let us know how useful you found them to be:

1. Workshop on Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility, 24-25 April, Chennai

The programme will help participants to increase their awareness of the CSR and its various components. They will also learn how to design their programmes keeping in mind the interests of the company’s stakeholders, including employees and local communities, and enable them to make value added contributions towards building the company’s brand image and reputation.

The registration deadline for this workshop is April 15th.

2. Training Programme on the Techniques of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), 26-31 May, Bangalore

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Job Opportunity: Legal Associate, Portfolio Associate with the Acumen Fund

Acumen Fund’s India office is looking for highly qualified candidates for the positions of “Legal Associate” and “Portfolio Associate.” The location of both positions is Hyderabad, and applications are due April 15, 2008. The job descriptions follow:

India Legal Associate: The legal associate at Acumen Fund’s country office in India will provide a wide range of support to the investment, fundraising, operations and finance teams. Reporting to the country business manager, but working closely with the NY-based General Counsel and Legal Counsel and the entire portfolio team, the legal associate will function as a corporate and commercial generalist. He/she will work closely with the New York legal team on a project to develop term sheets and standard legal templates for all Acumen investments as well as training in respect of same. He/she will coordinate outside legal involvement in the transactions and the activities of Acumen Fund’s office in India, in consultation with the General Counsel. The Legal Counsel will advise on general organizational and commercial matters including intellectual property, contract, immigration, employment and governance matters.

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Job Openings at SKS Foundation, Hyderabad, India

There are currently two openings at SKS Foundation that we thought our readers might be interested in: 1) Summer Intern at the Ultra Poor Program and 2) Program Director.  First, here is a brief description of SKS Foundation:

Swayam Krishi Sangam Foundation is a non-profit arm of SKS Microfinance.  SKS Foundation is determined to eradicate poverty in India through initiatives to empower the ultra poor to become self-reliant by providing access to economic, social and health development. The SKS Ultra Poor Program, modeled after the highly successful BRAC program in Bangladesh, attacks the challenge of extreme poverty on three levels: economic, social and health, and aims to graduate clients into being able to run a sustainable income-generating enterprise—and potentially into mainstream microfinance.

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