Leveraging Talent for Social Sector

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Mega-trends keep changing our world. Mega-trends are global macro-economic forces of development that impact economy, business, and society. In fact cultures and surprisingly even personal lives get transformed in the process. With the ever increasing pace of change we keep witnessing trends that revolutionize the entire world – globalization, digitization, climate change and so on.

Much has changed in the development sector too. The non-profit sector has moved on from its hoary past to see robust growth in recent years. Philanthropy is now duly combined with rational corporate approaches for the best interests of the social sector. Non-profits’ growth is essential for sustaining the laudable intents of the social sector, that really speaking does need to run along corporate lines.

Non-profit organizations are of course focused on their social purposes. But now its being better understood that they need not get carried away by their goodwill alone. While formerly their compassionate intent more-often-than-not overlooked keeping of systems and structures in place, they now realize that they themselves need to be inherently effectual, impactful and sustainable as well.

This is what drew HERD Educational & Medical Research Foundation to the India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS) initiative undertaken by Central Square Foundation, (CSF) New Delhi. They are working to build the next generation of senior leaders for the development sector – a sector that has seen significant growth in the past decade. We found their aspirations for assisting non-profits to scale up, become sustainable and make more impact on the social sector extremely attractive.

Non-profits today actually need professional talent. This initiative is just what is needed to build up latent leadership or to acquire corporate talent to infuse fresh blood into the social sector. We are happy about this changing trend where institutions are addressing this endemic issue – scaling up talent! To bridge this gap CSF and ILSS have built strategies to attract top corporate talent from middle and upper management to play key roles in non-profit organisations.

It is true that skeptical public perception and swelling government restrictions leave NGOs in an implausible position. The time could not have been more opportune for this kind of initiative to have come up. It offers an immense opportunity to influence professionals and specialists to be made available for working in the social sector and lend their expertise. All over the world non-profits are infusing purpose, process and professionalism into the passion that initially brought individuals and institutions into the fold of the social sector. Civil society structures are now adapting to the corporate world methodologies for long term outcomes.

HERD Foundation is looking to forge connections with ILSS to partner in this formidable vision to inspire, empower, and enable high quality talent to play leadership roles in the development sector. We take this opportunity to inform their collaboration with Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) to offer a series of 9-day programs aimed to help senior leadership make meaningful transitions into the social sector. Interested individuals and institutions may connect for the purpose by clicking on the links shared below:

info@indialeadersforsocialsector.com

http://www.indialeadersforsocialsector.com

ILSS is building a platform to highlight developments in the sector: its opportunities and challenges. A repository of information, the platform will encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration, showcase success stories from the sector, benchmark best practices, address perceptions and highlight leadership role models. By identifying opportunities, challenges and rewards of the social sector, the ILSS platform aims to create an informed movement of leadership talent for the sector.”

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Employment Scenario and Development

Training for Competitive Job

Training for Competitive Jobs

HERD Foundation is concerned with regard to drift in development trends in the face of continuing employment crisis that obstructs efforts to mitigate poverty. With a view to improve the standard of living and enhance prosperity, especially for youth just stepping out into the real world, the Foundation organizes yearly Employment Fairs to open up avenues for candidates keen on getting placement as per their qualification.

For professional students walking out of colleges it is a huge opportunity to interact directly with companies that offer openings in various areas. Candidates from both urban and rural areas look up to this event with great hope and satisfaction. Bringing well known companies to their doorstep, so to say, the uncertainty and insecurity in the wake of a just-completed education is a very welcome opportunity.

The acquiring of jobs is a sure shot way to increase standards of living. It helps address our attempts to mitigate poverty. Our past experiences tell us that many families escape poverty simply because one family member is able to secure a job and thereby initiate a source of income for the family. Therefore HERD Foundation works on improving the employment scenario as this is central to our development agenda.

Securing jobs and successfully inducting newly passed out students to a line of work of their choice,   does transform their lives. A steady source of income improves living standards and pulls people out of their penury. With appropriate training for being successful in getting placement we prepare them to be efficient and more productive in their jobs. Also, we bring about social cohesion when we gather candidates from various social backgrounds to jointly take on opportunities coming their way.

Provision of jobs can really alter lives for the better and provide wider benefits. For instance, besides taking care of the basic needs of a family, women candidates may actually change the way households spend money by focusing on spending on education and health areas. It is heartening to note that more and more women of working age are participating in our Employment Fair. We also feel gratified by the inclusion of rural candidates for whom competing with city students for jobs is a challenge in itself.

HERD Foundation realizes that just provision of jobs may not be enough. With plentiful rural poor involved with farming or self-employment in areas like vegetable selling, sewing and other such occupations we foresee the need to find ways to augment incomes especially in the rural sector. In this the role of development of new skills in line with locally available opportunities for increasing earnings will play an essential role for a more productive scenario.

Job Aspirants at Employment Fair 2014

Job Aspirants at Employment Fair 2014

A Doctor for All Seasons

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The struggle to equate the balance between the haves and have-nots, finds perfect expression in Dr Amol Deshmukh’s undertaking offering healthcare delivery to all sections of society. His sensitivity to ailing populations, surviving in the middle of nowhere, has actualized and changed the context in which healthcare delivery can take place; even in remote rural regions. Being a doctor himself, often finds him in a hands-on role at ongoing medical health camps organized by HERD Foundation.

It is noteworthy that his politico-educationist backdrop allows him to envision a larger picture for the operational provision of essential healthcare services for disadvantaged people. Following the historic tradition of social service emanating from familial conditioning, provides him with resilience to continue offering such benevolent handouts to assist the underprivileged. Yes, they do well with free medical check-ups, subsidized healthcare costs, besides direct access to finest hospitals.

It is a happy combination of intentions and close collaboration and participation with Medical Institutes that adequately address health issues for rural people having little or no access to medical care. It must be a sense of deep conviction that enables him to pay attention, understand and support the lacunae in healthcare delivery, that makes him keep at it through innovative approaches for extending such outreach to people who need it so critically.

Notwithstanding a well-defined, public healthcare delivery system that is stagnating everywhere in our country, here is a doctor advocating and promoting a health care delivery model that is totally ingenious and being run selflessly for the benefit of rural populations, at their very door steps. Organizing mini, meso and mega medical healthcare camps comes easy for this Doctor for all Seasons, whose forte essentially lies in hospital management. Also he does not hesitate to readily pick up the stethoscope and listen a kid’s heartbeat or counsel addicts to a better way of life.  

 

Nagardhan Village Medical Health Camp

HERD Foundation is organizing a Medical Health Camp at Village Nagardhan near Ramtek for the benefit of nearly 1500 to 2000 people living in and around the village. The Camp of June 23, 2014 will be working from 4 pm to 9 pm and will offer the usual team of medical practitioners to provide healthcare services to people suffering from physical ailments in the area. The team comprising of eight departments from NKPS Institute Medical Sciences will allow the rural populace to avail of all kinds of healthcare investigations, prescriptions and follow up through referrals.   

An important feature of our healthcare initiatives is that we organize these health camps especially in remote rural settings for people who do not have access to medical services. This is part of HERD Foundation’s commitment towards a healthy rural citizenry. We had recently organized one such camp at village Kachurvahi that had drawn a huge footfall in the region. This clearly showed us that the need for such health camps is genuinely required.

HERD Foundation is adept at setting the stage for delivery of health care in rural areas. We derive the complete cooperation of the villagers who duly assist us as best as they can in making the arrangements for such camps. On our part we provide a comprehensive health package to impart health education and sensitize communities on various preventive and promotive health care issues. These include quick tips on nutrition and hygiene.

Our medical camps witness the participation of huge numbers of people including women, children and the elderly. Besides seasonal ailments we cater to the conditions of chronic patients and other debilitating diseases. Specialists in the team integrate referrals as part of our healthcare programme. Regular health camps focus on eye care, dental care, worm infestation, skin infections and physiotherapy as well. HERD Foundation camps aim to create awareness, diagnosis and treatment of health conditions.