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
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