Niranthara helps build the institutional capacity of NGOs, for compliance, governance, MIS, finance and accounting, and fundraising and marketing.
Our objective is to help our NGO partners develop into effective, well-managed, and sustainable organizations, which perform better internally and meet the evolving expectations of external stakeholders. We will:
The model helps enable a process and systems-oriented approach among smaller and medium level NGOs to enhance efficiency, credibility, and sustainability. This programme was developed to fill critical gaps in organisational capacity, identified in a study done by Dhwani Foundation in 2017.
Working with the social sector for over a decade helped us realise that capacity building is an on-going process, requiring patience, persistence and strategic effort. We surveyed over 100 NGO decision makers, donors, government agencies and beneficiaries on their definition and constituents of a good NGO. Our learning led to the creation of Niranthara as a capacity-building programme, covering eight key non-domain areas for effective NGO functioning.
This work has resulted in:
Niranthara programme focuses on building institutional capacity through 20-24 months of comprehensive support. From classroom training sessions and provision of tools and technology to overseeing site implementation, we facilitate NGO transformation by working closely with the board, leadership, and programme staff.
Niranthara Batch 1 was launched in December 2017, with a cohort of 23 grassroots NGOs, largely from rural Karnataka. In 2020, we had 30 NGOs from Karnataka in Batch 2, and 32 NGOs from Tamil Nadu in Batch 3.
The current batches have 100 days of classroom training for Leaders, Board members, Compliance & Finance Managers, Fundraising Managers and Program Managers. We also support the partners with a helpdesk, learning material, and expert interaction.