Monday, December 01, 2008

Making a Difference

Annexure to UNGC COP 2008

Knowing that our projects in their own small manner make a difference to people’s lives, gives us a humble sense of fulfillment. It is also a way of living our values, and in all humility, playing a leadership role even as a caring global citizen.

What follows is a Consolidated Reports of theGlobal Synergetic.It has been necessary to do so because of the very nature of ourPerspective Action Plan under which not only activities span over more than one Financial Year but also that the benefits spill over across the border, due to the peculiarities of the Open Border Region.

The convergence of telecommunications, computing, and content industries into new media is forcing governments and businesses to develop new strategies. Governments are testing policies that mix market and regulatory solutions. Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and existing businesses are seeking to transform themselves by merging, divesting, creating new capabilities and customer relations, and establishing new competitive and collaborative relationships...

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
The research group provides a context within which scholarly work on the societal implications of the Information Age is done. The IT services and facilities that are available to faculty, students and staff are cutting edge and provide a unique, advanced technological environment in support of teaching and research.We endeavour through Policy Research, Medicinal Research and human Development to cause the HOLISTIC development.Each and every wing has been involved in following the Ten Principles.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
Institutional diversity in many developing countries is growing fast, where civil society is gaining influence on development processes. These changes induce pressing demands which cannot readily be met by the existing institutional frameworks in government and/or civil society. Hence, solutions to “the institutional question” are increasingly being acknowledged as a crucial condition for development in our present era. We have been focusing on consultancy, training, and research activities, supporting processes of institutional development or change, tailored to the specific sector, or the respective organisation. Conventional ideas about organizational engineering are being supplemented by broader notions on promoting learning, empowerment, and social capital.

The approach towards institutional development puts emphasis on effective and sustainable self management, individual creativity, principles of gender equity, local knowledge and participation of stakeholders. Support is given at different levels:

*individual: upgrading of knowledge and skills of professional staff, as well as in grass root level organisations;
*organizational: assisting in setting of clear goals and putting efficient organisation structures to work (NGOs, interest groups, civil service organisations);
*inter-organizational: generating synergy between organisations with a common goal (i.e.NGOs, credit associations, women based/community-based groups, small businesses; mutual social services);
*policy/sector environment: programme design and evaluation, creating enabling environments for stakeholders in institutional development processes. Institute has a self-managing team of senior advisors with professional backgrounds in development economics, institutional development, gender, who have extensive international experience. Specific consultancy, training and research expertise can be provided either by the unit itself or by other units of the Institute.

Advice for strengthening organizational performance:
We approach the organization’s environment, policy, structure, and human resources in an integrated way. The strengths and weaknesses along with the opportunities and threats of the organisation are firstly assessed with maximum involvement of relevant stakeholders. Then we assist in drawing up a joint action plan aiming at the development that makes the organisation better equipped to serve its goals. Sector policy advice: Institute has provided advisory services to sectors in which processes of decentralization and down-scaling affect the set-up of public administration structures.

Enhancing local capacity in consultancy and management support to setting up consultancy units in public funded institutions Translation of gender issues in practical concepts:Solutions are sought by either looking at redesigning existing structures or at the identifying and structuring new roles and responsibilities of other parties like NGOs - community based organisations, co-operative movements, and local bodies and interest groups. Institute has been concentrating on its activities in sectors like education, water supply, public health, credit and saving facilities.

Upgrading knowledge & skills:
The demand for support to strengthening local consultancy capabilities is increasing. For the delivery of consultancy services, local consultants are increasingly contracted. Often the quality of the rendered services does not meet international professional standards because of a lack of knowledge about the consultancy profession and related skills. Institute offers tailor-made training, based on a preliminary needs assessment, exposing participants to international consultancy practices.

Strengthening consultancy organisations: Staff members of many public funded institutions -universities, governmental research services, and vocational training institutions - are increasingly being invited for consultancy assignments. However, the organizational set-up for such activities is often not appropriate, i.e. no proper embedding in the organisation, no clear mission, lack of strategy, or an embryonic organisation structure. Institute has been supporting such institutions in setting up consultancy units within their main structure. Units have been assisted in developing action plans including backstopping activities for the various steps of the implementation of such plans.

Setting professional consultancy standards:
With the development of local consultancy capacity, the need for developing common professional standards that match international standards becomes increasingly important. Recently, (inter-)national professional consultancy associations have been established in countries where the profession is relatively new. Institute has been assisting organisations in their pursuing of establishing professional standards.Entrepreneurship & Managerial DevelopmentLatest industries like Information Technology, Bio-Technology, entertainment and Television provide a good opportunity before the young people to choose a career option but, it has been seen that because of presence of such a wide range of options they feel confused and frustrated in choosing the career. The liberalization has opened plethora of opportunities for the enterprising people. The biggest bottleneck in the process of removal of unemployment is the preference of jobs to self employment. The society in an attempt to encourage more and more youths to come forward towards for setting up their own ventures organized one day seminar at Delhi center. Over 30 Young men attended the seminar. The participants were guided regarding the various opportunities available in the field of business and commerce, engineering and technology, teaching and educational institutions and social service sectors. They were benefited a lot from this programme.

Besides Institute has given many courses during the last few years on the topics:
ICT Enabled Management,Basic Financial Management,Basic International Management.

Education
Service Ideas

•Foundation is to grant its Institute to establish literacy programs for girls and women, working with an international partner in a country with high rates of female illiteracy.
• Establish a literacy center with a library where people can come to read and meet tutors.
• Sponsor a business breakfast, inviting business executives and managers of local businesses to hear about literacy efforts in the workplace.
• Offer to set up satellite schools in villages, if girls are forbidden to travel far from home, and to sponsor single-sex schools with female teachers, if coeducational learning is a cultural issue.
• Organize a public awareness campaign encouraging parents to read to their children.
• Donate books to students and class libraries at home and abroad.
• Schedule a reading hour at a local library when club members would read to children.
• Provide child care for parents attending literacy classes.
• Reward students who read the most books, win a spelling bee or book report contest, or tutor others.

HEALTH
Service Ideas

• We through our activities organize an awareness campaign, such as an AIDS walk or drug and alcohol abuse awareness rally and on such issues that arise from time to time.
• Hold health fair that provides information on health and screening services, in collaboration with the local health department.
• Organize continuing education opportunities for local health professionals in collaboration with other institutions.
• Work with local schools to provide staffing and funding for a school clinic for the students.
• Partner with local communities to develop a source for safe water and a sanitation system.
• Establish a clinic or hospital or a facility that focuses on a special needs group such as families affected by leprosy or underserved women.
• Gather and donate medical equipment or supplies.
• Locate areas needing medical assistance and recruit fellow Rotarians with medical expertise to visit the area and provide their services at no charge.

ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT

The area of our Institute operates in has been very green one. On one side it is connected to the hills and mountains of Nepal, on the other it is very much in the Gangetic Plains famous for its greenery and rich bio-habitat. With the development it started losing it. As Institute has been actively involved with medicinal and herbal drugs and medicines, it has been seriously active in Biodiversity & conservation, Identification, Screening of herbs, environment awareness & plantation programmes.

Service Ideas

• Support the creation of urban gardens, parks, woodlands, and greenbelts.
• Arrange a cleanup day along a river, lake, or ocean shore in your community.
• Promote the use of public transportation and ride-sharing.
• Assist poor communities to obtain safe water and sanitation systems.
• Publicize community health training that addresses the relationships between safe water, sanitation, and health.
• Organize a community program to collect and sort glass, paper products, and other recyclable items.
• Support innovative educational programs that emphasize the importance and interdependence of the ecosystem.
• Sponsor a service project that provides agricultural training, appropriate tools, and capital resources to small farmers.
• Give awards to local businesses or industries for ecologically sound extraction, production, design, packaging, and waste disposal practices.

MEDIA, ARTS & CULTURE :

Contributing to Human FreedomThe Internet Technologies unit of the Institute is responsible for the Interactive Media Lab (IML). A recent upgrade in the IML involves a completely redesigned audio-video digitizing facility. The room allows users to convert video and audio into content that can be viewed and heard on the web. This has been a very popular addition for faculty and students looking to create permanent archives of their work. In addition, a new 35mm slide and negative scanner was added to the Lab. This has been a valuable asset for making electronic copies of valuable research photographs. In order to ensure that multimedia software is cutting edge, there were a total of five different upgrade versions of the software in the IML. Institute has been involved, during the last three years in:Script Preparation on National Integration,Script Preparation on Elementary & adult Education,Script Preparation on Cultural Heritage,Footage Compilation,Promotion of Folk Genres,Exhibition & Archivation of Paintings & Other.Preservation & Digitization.

CAPACITY BUILDING: Towards Sustainable Livelihood

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD

To create sustainable employment opportunities for the youth and others, extensive training is being provided in various skills, particularly tailoring, running of provision stores, bee-keeping. Every year we select a small group of farmers for training in beekeeping.Our teams continue to act as catalysts, enabling farmers’ access resources that are available to them through various schemes launched by the Government.

ICT Enablement

The ICT enabled development, which was launched in April 2000 by the Global Synergetic Institute, aims to create an International network on the Local Management of Research and applications in selected priority areas, Agricultural Biodiversity, health, education, following regionally oriented preparatory process. Project has as its main objectives: to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of experiences; to contribute to the empowerment and strengthening of the groups involved; to increase awareness on the central importance.This is a unique initiative involving local organisations the project has phases: (I) identification of interested groups and organisations, (ii) documentation of experiences, (iii) regional and international workshops.