Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Changes in online filing of FC-6

Please note that there have been some important changes in online filing of FCRA annual return (FC-6).
As per FCRA department, now there is no need to submit hard copy of FC-6 to the ministry, you have to upload scan copy of the all supporting documents to the ministry website at the time of filing of online FC-6. The new instructions for online filing of annual form FC-6 state that final submission can be made after uploading the scan copy of the following documents:
- Chartered Accountant Certificate &
- Declaration Certificate of Chief Functionary of the FCRA registered association.
The Annual Return submitted online will be treated as final version and there is no need to submit paper/hard copy of the Return to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
However it may be mentioned that while the Dept. has stated that there is no need to file hardcopy, please note that as per Rule 17 (1) requires filing of financial statements and Rule 17 (6 ) requires submission of bank statements. Further online instructions 12 still requires hardcopy to be filed.

Hence as a prudent accountants, we should continue to file hardcopy of returns as we have been doing in past in addition to online filing of documents required.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Opportunities for NGOs to set up Skill Development Training Center under NSDC, STAR Progrrame of India

Interested NGO are requested to submit Expression of Interest to CHESTA for setting of Training Centers at their programme areas for the development of youths. The STAR Scheme is an initiative to boost employability and productivity of youths by providing them Monetary Incentives to voluntary join an approved skill training course that is certified by Sector Skill Counsel. The Scheme is available at RCSM approved by Govt. of India/NSDC.

Interested NGOs are requested to contact in the following address to set up the Authorized Training Centers under Skill Development Schemes:

CHESTA
Radhakrushna Street
Gate Bazar, Aska Road
Berhampur, Ganjam
Pin-76001
Mobile No: 08895353908. 09438078696, 09337503045
Land Line: 0680-2223045


Thursday, February 27, 2014

NCAS Announces Capacity Building Programme on People-Centred Advocacy 27-29 March, 2014 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The National Center for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) is organizing a Capacity Building Programme on People-Centred Advocacy from 27-29 March, 2014 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. NCAS is a social change resource centre that aims at promoting and strengthening rights-based people-centred advocacy. It endeavors to create enabling conditions for people’s empowerment at the grass-roots level as well as to facilitate efforts for human rights, social justice and transparent and accountable governance. It primarily provides support to various grass-root initiatives and people’s movements by way of capacity building, campaign and media support, and research & documentation. NCAS, over the last two decades, has conducted around 250 capacity building workshops for organsiations in India and in some other South Asian countries. 

The advocacy environment in the country has undergone tremendous changes in recent years. A fresh and updated understanding on concept and practice of People-Centred Advocacy is a felt need in these changed circumstances. NCAS is organising a three-day workshop for Odisha-based organisations. On the third day of the programme i.e. on 29th   March, a discussion will be held on developmental schemes and institutions of governance for adivasis in Odisha. Details of the workshop are as follows:

Objectives of the Programme

-          To facilitate learning process on People-Centred Advocacy and the concept and practice of Advocacy in India
-          To understand the relationship between power, politics and policy in order to empower people and advocate a pro-people policy environment
-          To understand the role of the institutions of governance and of the media in advancing the rights of the marginalised
-          To gain skills, strategies and methods for planning advocacy campaign

This workshop is intended for the activists of people’s organizations, and civil society groups and therefore participation in the workshop is by prior registration only. We request all interested to send in their registration applications by March 5, 2014. 

How to apply
-          Send a note about your experiences on Advocacy (English or Odia)

-          Send a registration fee of Rs, 1000 in the name of National Centre For Advocacy Studies,  ( for funding and donor agencies the amount is Rs. 3000)

-          No Registration Fee is required for the activists working with people’s organization.  

Please note:

Last of receiving applications is March 5, 2014
Only shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited for the workshop.
Travel expenses will be borne by the participants themselves.

For Further Details Contact

Sandeep Kumar Pattnaik
Programme Officer, National Center for Advocacy Studies
Plot No. C1-004, Kedar Gauri Apartment
Garrage Chaak,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Mobile No - 8763210608 
 
National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS)
Serenity Complex, Ramnagar Colony
Pashan, Pune, 411 021, Maharashtra, India
Tel/Fax:(+91 20) 2295 1857, 2295 2003 and 2295 2004
For general inquires: ncas@vsnl.com
Website: www.ncasindia.org


EOI empanelment of Institutions to Conduct an Impact Assessment Study

Expression of Interest (EOI) for empanelment of Institutions to Conduct an Impact Assessment Study of the Awareness Generation Campaigns  Implemented/Being Implemented by National Disaster Management Authority  
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) intends to empanel reputed Government Organisations/Semi-Government Institutions/Non-Government Organisations to undertake Impact Assessment Study of the Awareness Generation Campaigns Implemented/being implemented by NDMA so as to assess its reach, impact, quality and effectiveness of the various campaigns/initiatives, identify the gaps if any and suggest/recommend measures for corrective action.

Eligibility Criteria
The invitation is open to reputed Government/Semi-Government Institutions (like IITs,/IIMS/IMC/TIS/TERI/Colleges under UGC/Government /Semi- Govt. Organisations(like NIDM/ATIs/NIUA)/NGOs with credible background engaged in the field of impact assessment of awareness campaigns. They should have a team of experienced professionals or Interns for undertaking such an activity.
The Institutes/Organisations must have experience of at least 2-5 years in undertaking such impact assessments. The Institutes should be capable of undertaking the study in any part of the country.
Scope of Work
The scope of work of the agency would be as follows:
i) Impact Assessment of NDMA’s Awareness Generation through sample data collection in the respective target areas of the NDMA’s campaigns/initiatives.
ii) Interact with the target population samples for assessment of a media campaign chosen for evaluation.
iii) Sample size should be representative enough of each medium.
iv) Organize logistics for evaluating campaigns of NDMA
v) Record, analyze responses through field visits to meet the sample target group in consultation with NDMA including review of inputs from the States and submit a consolidated report for each chosen campaign/initiative. The report would, inter alia, include the following:
a) Comprehension of the message disseminated through the campaign, by the people and retention of the messages in their memory of each medium.
b) Ability to cut through clutter
c) Recall: Story, Tagline and likeability
d) Interpretation – Message comprehension
e) Engagement/ Involvement – Recall of specific elements of the advertisement/audiovisual input
f) Impact- Is the message effective enough to influence attitude and activities
vi) Process evaluation and assessment of gaps (if any) between the achievements and expectations based on data collected through surveys conducted in general public for impact assessment
vii) To assess the relevance and impact/influence of the campaign in the context of various mediums of communication
viii) Suggest the need to reform / modify the conduct of the campaign/initiative if any in order to make it more effective.
Deadline: 04 March 2014
For more information please visit the link: http://ndma.gov.in/images/tenders/EOIFORPRAG.pdf

Reminder about NPO Governance Programme Registration-4th Batch

Dear Friends,
Greetings from FMSF!
This is a gentle reminder pertaining to the online programme on NPO Governance. Online registration for 4th batch is currently open. “The 4th batch is scheduled to commence by end of March 2014” therefore hurry! 
Governance plays a crucial role in the effective functioning of an NPO. Further, Governance standards of organizations are indispensible in maintaining transparency and accountability of the organization.  Over the years, emphasis on good governance practices within organizations has gained momentum. In the NPO sector, we need to continuously work on promoting good governance.
 For more than two decades, FMSF has been engaging in the area of governance. FMSF have also been one of the pioneers in setting up of accountability standards for the NPO Sector. However, a need for a sustained training program was also felt. The online program on NPO Governance is a humble effort in this direction. The course is framed with the following objectives in mind: 
·         To provide a basic understanding of the Governance mechanism in NPOs
·         To provide an overview of the Governance Structures & Processes
·         To develop an understanding on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board Members
·         To provide basic understanding of the Governance Controls required for an NPO
·         To identify common myths and misconceptions in the Governance of NPOs
The course is completely web-based and the course curriculum has been divided into 4 modules. For each module, course materials can be accessed online for students coaching. Further the program is open to people across the globe. 
 Who should apply? 
·         Personnel working in mid-level, senior management level positions in NGOs, resource sharing agencies or any other development organization
·         CEOs, CFOs or Executive Director of NGOs
·         Individual serving in Board of NGOs, resource sharing agencies
·         Consultants involved in the review and evaluations of NGOs
 For further details on the course, kindly refer to the attached program brochure or visit our websitewww.fmsflearningsystems.org
For registering with us for the course, please visit our website www.fmsflearningsystems.org
We look forward to your positive responses.
Best wishes,
Sanjay Patra
Executive Director

FMSF

Monday, February 10, 2014

India Youth Fund - Call for Application Announcement

INDIA YOUTH FUND
An initiative of UN-Habitat & Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation

Applications Open: 15th February, 2014

With an aim to transform ideas into reality through its finance, training, and mentoring model, the India Youth Fund, a joint program by UN-Habitat and Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, invites applications from youth-led organizations across the country working towards sustainable urban development.

Focus Areas
         Urban Land, Legislation and Governance
         Urban Planning and Design
         Urban Economy
         Urban Basic Services
         Access to Health Information and Facilities
         Housing and Slum Upgrading
         Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
         Research and Capacity Development

To stay updated, visit: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaYouthFund