Small Group Support, Advocacy and Governance

Achieving the goal of a just and developing society in Jharkhand and Bihar will remain elusive without good governance. To fill the gap created by weak governmental support, NBJK has been advocating for the people’s rights through various platforms and emphasizing good governance, with a focus on the grassroots level. Accountability within the delivery system, transparency, and rationalization of government schemes are priorities under this program. It is crucial that the real stakeholders, the people, are aware of their rights and are empowered to advocate for these rights. Thus, NBJK strives to support existing grassroots level voluntary organizations.
 
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Strengthening Small NGOs and VOs in Jharkhand and Bihar

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Lok Samiti

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Jharkhand and Bihar Swaichik Munch "

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Family Counseling Center

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Community Leadership Program (CLP)




 

Strengthening Small NGOs and VOs in Jharkhand and Bihar

In rural development, the voluntary sector plays a vital role, both in organizing the people and filling the gaps in service delivery where the government does not reach. There are large numbers of NGOs at the village level, which are young and need support to develop. NBJK has been the only VO in Jharkhand and Bihar that has been working to strengthen the new and small VOs and supporting committed social activists so that they can work to improve the socio-economic development of marginalized communities. Presently there are about 600 social activists and NGOs belonging to Bihar and Jharkhand that NBJK works with to provide support and guidance.

With support from BFW, Germany, this project has strengthened the capacities of 25 social activists and 3 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Bihar and Jharkhand to work smoothly for marginalized communities. The capacity-building program includes training in various issues including project planning, reproductive health, and new legal procedures that smaller NGOs and VOs may not otherwise be aware of. The trainings also help to build awareness and educate people about how to take advantage of nine government programs for rural development, and it has allowed 4,300 people to avail themselves of these services. The project also empowered 1,800 women by promoting income generation activities through SHGs and increased participation in local self-governance, improved agricultural practices by training 2,500 farmers, and strengthened about 15,000 people's voices through advocacy and participation.

Lok Samiti

Lok Samiti is a community mobilization organization supported by NBJK and many other NGOs in India. They aim to increase grassroots democracy and to raise awareness of political issues to help mobilize the public. In the reporting period, Lok Samiti organized a state-level convention at Barj kishore Memorial Hall, Patna, which had about 700 attendees. They also made great progress in expansion by forming groups in every district in Bihar. To honor women, Lok Samiti organized a parade for women's rights on International Women's Day.

Jharkhand and Bihar Swaichik Munch "
Swaichik Munch is a network of NGOs and Voluntary Organizations (VOs) in 23 districts of Jharkhand and 33 districts of Bihar. There are 300 members of Swaichik Munch in Jharkhand and 225 in Bihar. The network aims to build capacity in NGOs and VOs by giving them training and information about funding means/agencies, project formulation, legal documents, new rules and regulations, office management, book-keeping, etc. Swaichik Munch meets quarterly at the district level and semi-annually at the state level to strengthen organizational development, project-related discussion, ideological affiliation, mutual information-sharing, training and documentation, media and advocacy.

Family Counseling Center

The FCC was established in 1993 in Hazaribag, and since its conception it has handled 1,749 cases. The FCC works with a variety of types of issues, from marital conflicts to alcoholism, with support from Central Social Welfare Board, Delhi, through the Jharkhand State Social Welfare Board. This past year, the FCG successfully resolved 75 out of 123 that were presented. 41 of those conflicts were marital issues, 22 were related to alcoholism and addiction, 11 resulted from in-laws' intervention, 7 were dowry-related, 4 from extramarital, relations, and 38 were miscellaneous.

Community Leadership Program (CLP)
In 100 panchayats of 10 blocks in 3 districts of Jharkhand, CLP ran from July 2009 until June 2012 with financial support from Jumshed Ji Tata Trust, Mumbai and technical and coordination support from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi. The program aimed to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates through training individuals as leaders to improve the capacity of their villages. 400 Community Leaders (70% women) went through a 24-day intensive training in order to mobilize their villages to create micro health plans at the village level and to improve the local health services available to them. According to the data collected, regions involved experienced up to a 34% increase in institutional delivery of health services.

 

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