Poorer States Get Less Funding

Updated: Dec 22 2002, 05:30am hrs
Its one of the best things to happen to the voluntary sector in the recent times. Last week Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India and the Planning Commission of India launched Dimensions of the Voluntary Sector in India. CAF India is a registered trust dedicated to bringing together resources, skills and knowledge from the charitable and financial sectors.

The book aims to provide a genuine rating of volunteering non-governmental organisations keeping in view factors like programmes, staffing, income profile and governance. The book promises to be of help particularly to corporates and donor agencies. Rajiv Tikoo spoke to CAF Indias executive director Mathew Cherian about the book and its importance. Excerpts:


2 million NGOs in India
6 million people work in the voluntary sector
Foreign receipts during 2001-2002: Rs 43,000 million
Government contribution during 2001-2002: Rs 70,000 million
Size of the voluntary sector: Rs 12 billion
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi are the highest receivers of aid
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa are the low receivers of aid
Biggest beneficiaries: Satya Sai Trust, Plan International and Maharishi Mahavigyan Trust.

What are the main findings of your survey
South receives more funding. Poorer states receive less funding. Accountable non-governmental organisations are in higher proportion.

Which ones are the best and the worst non-governmental organisations in the country
Its very difficult to say.

How different are your findings from the common perception
Regional non-governmental organisations are doing better than national non-governmental organisations in many cases

Can you tell us briefly about the methodology used
It was based on the DIGI index. DIGI stands for the documents, income and financial profile, governance profile and impact details

How objective is your evaluation Did you have to compromise on any parameter due to the lack of information
We had to compromise on impact parameters

Is there any information on direct linkage between non-governmental organisatios and corporates

What are the bottlenecks you faced
Its difficult to get data as the country is large.

Does a similar rating exist abroad
Not at present except in the US on www.guidestar.org.

Why was there a need for the survey in the first place
It was due to the need for accountability.

What was the role of the Planning Commission
The commission approved the methodology and funded it.

How often do you intend to upgrade the list
Two years.