Impact of COVID19 on NGOs and Social Enterprises
The rising score of Covid-19 across the world implies that no single organization can work in isolation in responding to the pandemic and its consequential impacts. Hence, governments must collaborate with a wide range of agencies, including NGOs and social enterprises to facilitate behavioural change and build social cohesiveness. In India NITI Aayog appealed to over 92,000 NGOs to assist the government in identifying Covid-19 hotspots and delivering services to vulnerable groups. Much before the appeal came in NGOs and social enterprises across India stepped up to complement the efforts of the Indian Government by shifting their focus from their primary activities to providing relief measures.
This shift coupled with COVID 19 crisis is likely to have an unintended impact on the functioning of developmental organizations in the near future. To examine this aspect the Jasani Centre of Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management, NMIMS conducted an online study on ‘Impact of COVID19 on NGOs and Social Enterprises’.
The study was based on 30 NGOs, not for profit and for-profit social enterprises operating in Maharashtra. From this 43 % were from rural areas, 46 % from urban areas, and rest were operational in both urban and rural areas. The key priority areas of their interventions comprised of education, health, skill development, child welfare, economic empowerment of women, environmental conservation, rural & urban community development, and working with differently-abled.
With the changed context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a little over 90 % of NGOs and social enterprises have pivoted rapidly to respond to different and additional needs of local communities. Around 67 % of organizations were able to mobilize resources to provide relief measures. Social enterprises like Green India Initiative Pvt Ltd, Unity Group, Ecoexist, Srujna Charitable Trust, The Aangan Trust, Renovate India, Need Vikas Sanstha, Mann, Child Health Foundation, CCDT and Childline provided groceries and sanitation kits to people staying on streets, daily wage earners and migrants. Around 50 % of organizations in the study were found to be engaged in taking care of the basic requirements of the vulnerable communities. Some NGOs collaborated with government and corporates to avoid duplication of service and ensured that the essentials reach the affected communities.
Besides the distribution of grocery, one-third of organizations were engaged in creating community awareness for personal hygiene, community sanitation, raising resources, providing important medical information to communities. For instance, Watawaran was engaged in disseminating information about the food distribution system and other schemes in simple languages in rural areas of Maharashtra.
Organizations working in education in rural Maharashtra like Shivaji Rao Deshmukh Group of Institutes provided masks and sanitizers to government staff. Life Supporters Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS) is engaged in supporting Ambulance operators with designing SOPs for handling COVID19 patients and sanitization of the ambulance after the call. Childline coordinators also assisted government authorities to provide tele-counseling to suspected patients quarantined at homes.
It is an undisputed fact that the development sector across the globe is facing a critical threat from the pandemic. But, in India as our NGOs and social enterprises lack contingency planning the impact would be felt more. 83% of organizations reported that due to COVID19 their organizations' work has been significantly impacted. Executives reported that the lockdown has impacted their project operations and they are sure of having financial challenges ahead. The financial and operational risk burden has fallen disproportionately on the NGOs and social enterprises. The implications of this for cash flows are critical at this time. A little more than one-third of executives stated that managing costs of running the organization, payment of staff salaries, early closure of projects, scaling down projects, delays in starting new projects are some of the many problems which social sector organizations will have to face now. Some are contemplating reducing the staff size, but that would be catastrophic to the organization. As their capacity to respond to both the immediate as well as long term needs which are likely to escalate as a result of this pandemic will be impacted.
Akhandjyoti Eye Hospital’s health operations were severely impacted as patients were unable to reach the hospital. Remote counseling of cases of child abuse and domestic violence was a big challenge for organizations like Arpan and Child Aid Foundation. Srujna’s livelihood support activities have been severely impacted and increased the economic vulnerability of poor women. Another important concern expressed by for-profit social enterprises like Awaaj, Ecoexist enterprises, Green India Initiative Pvt Ltd is related to business continuity and gaining market access as the spending patterns would now significantly differ. By and large, executives expressed that they are worried about the safety of their staff to work in slums and high-risk areas. Hence, a few organizations are now engaged in devising their service delivery strategy.
The colossal economic downturn implies an impact on future aid assistance. More than 50 % of executives feared that they may experience a reduction in grant in aid support from the government as well as corporates due to funds getting diverted to COVID19 relief and rehabilitation activities. The economic crisis is expected to limit both capacity and availability of donors and investors. Development organizations will have to re-think and redesign their business model to diversify their income and create a sustained impact.
To enable NGOs and social enterprises to function effectively and address the challenges created by COVID19, respondents shared that there is a need for developing new ideas and innovative solutions in the area of health care, livelihood support, and provision of energy. These solutions can evolve through cross-sector collaboration between development organizations, government, and corporates. It was echoed by almost all respondents that governments at all levels can play a key role in promoting these partnerships.
Almost 80 % of the executives shared that governments should design an innovative financing model for NGOs and social enterprises. Proposed solutions include the provision of an anticipatory financing mechanism like the provision of soft loans to social enterprises to raise finance in advance to address immediate needs, establishing an NGO Liquidity Fund for enabling NGOs to cover overheads during critical periods and payback over a period of time. Additionally provision of tax relaxations and that of demand-led grant in aid support were recommended. As development organizations work in high-risk environments there is a need to design risk-sharing models so that they will not be forced to shoulder the burden of financial risk all by themselves; rather it should be shared with donors/investors equally well.
NMIMS-NPAT Goes Online: The era of Exam from Home is here.
SVKM's NMIMS has been a thought leader in educational excellence by envisioning the future trends and implementing new-age learning methodology. The University has been at the forefront of cutting-edge higher education, with industry focussed programs and futuristic curriculum. In the wake of COVID-19, NMIMS has taken the required measures to move the NMIMS-NPAT exam online for the academic year 2020. This is a major step forward in a positive direction which goes beyond online classrooms. Students can now appear in the exam from the safety of their homes, with Online Proctored (OP) test.
The deadline to submit application has been extended to 10th May 2020. The NMIMS-NPAT exam dates have also been postponed to 18th May 2020 and 22nd May 2020 from 9th & 10th of May, previously.
A new era of digital examination: Organizations around the world quickly switched to work-from-home and soon schools and colleges followed with temporarily closing or switching to online lesson. But it was now time to think beyond lessons and gear up to conduct exams online as well. As education must go on and adapt to the changing times. Not just in curriculum but in method and preparedness for such unprecedented times. The era of Exam-from-Home has begun where aspirants will have an opportunity to simulate an online proctored (OP) test experience. This will commence through a mock test for which the University shall be communicating more information on policies and procedures, computer system, and other requirements.
About the University: SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Deemed to be University is a multi-campus, multi-discipline University with world class infrastructure. It has been revered and acknowledged for excellence in academics, faculty, industry linkage, infrastructure, an illustrious alumni base, innovative curriculum and much more. NMIMS-NPAT 2020 is the entrance test to qualify for undergraduate & integrated degree programs across its constituent schools and campuses in Mumbai, Shirpur, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Navi Mumbai, Indore and Dhule. Admissions are now open for the following undergraduate & integrated programs: B.Tech; MBA Tech. (B.Tech. + MBA Tech.): B.Pharm. + MBA (Pharma Tech.): B.Des. (Humanising Technology); BBA; B.Com (Hons.); B.Sc. Finance; B.Sc. Economics; B.A. (Hons.) Liberal Arts and BBA B..ng & Advertising.
Embracing the future: Every challenge is an opportunity to overcome it with newer solutions and approach. In education lies the answer for a better tomorrow and we’re ready to continue learning in the lockdown & beyond. We look forward to the post-COVID 19 world with increased digital learning and heightened practices for ensuring the safety of our students. NMIMS-NPAT 2020 Exam-From-home is the first step towards it, for you and us.
AACSB recognizes the Pravin Dalal School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management for "AACSB 2020 Innovations That Inspire Challenge".
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) based out of Tampa Florida USA, the world's premier accreditation agency for business education globally has recognised and awarded 'AACSB 2020 Innovations That Inspire Challenge' to SVKM's NMIMS Pravin Dalal School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management (SBM's initiative). This award is accorded for recognising the School’s innovative ways of engaging with the stakeholders and bringing in their effective involvement and perspective in building the Entrepreneur and Family Business Program of the School. The School joins the prestigious fraternity of business schools worldwide like Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Kellogg School of Management, and Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.
The Program has carved out a niche space in the education sector by engaging with and being closely associated and becoming an integral part of their businesses and their families, says Prof. Seema Mahajan, Director of the School. During the last two decades, the School with the support and active engagement of stakeholders has strengthened the Program and emerged as the leader in the entrepreneurship and family business education domain. Prof Mahajan further adds that the School focuses on understanding the culture and value system of each family and then mentoring the GenNext to bring in transformation, diversification, and expansions and creation of New Venture.
The School started its journey as being part of the School of Business Management in 1999. The School, led by Prof Seema Mahajan, has developed a deep-rooted understanding of the said sector. We are very proud of the School receiving the AACSB award.
The School with an Alumni base of 4000 plus spread across national and international markets and 400 plus entrepreneurs having businesses with revenue ranging from 30 Cr. to 3500 Cr. has emerged a leader in its own space and now as an independent School of the University. The School offers the following programs:
MBA: Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management (Full-time 2 years)
MBA: Entrepreneurship (Full-time 2 year's with incubation)
IMBA: Five years post 12th Schooling
Weekend FMBA: 32 weekends
The Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is a global non-profit association that connects educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. AACSB is synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916.
About NMIMS University
In 1981, Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) established the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) to meet the growing demand for management education. With the legacy of 39 years, NMIMS has grown to be not only one of the top-10 B-schools in India but also emerged as a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus University with 8 Campuses, 17 Schools and 9 Centres of Excellence. PDSE&FBM is one of the Schools which has developed expertise in Family Business and Entrepreneurship Management. The School has adopted an innovative methodology that involves building and strengthening academic initiatives, faculty orientation, parental involvement, alumni network participation, and optimum use of inter-school capabilities.
Study on Society’s Expectations from Business in Addressing COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented in terms of its uncertainty. It has raised alarming health crisis and its impact has paralyzed the life of the people as well as the institutions across the world. In the days ahead the world will be successful in bringing out a suitable vaccine to address COVID-19 and the threat will eventually fade, as it did with the other epidemics like Ebola, Zika, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). But the devastating effects of COVID-19 will last for a few years.
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NMIMS School of Business Management launches MBA (Entrepreneurship) program
To foster a thriving society which creates jobs and value in the long run, it’s important that entrepreneurs get the right support and platform to flourish. Simply put, the need of the hour is to create an exquisite breed of entrepreneurs and this is where the newly launched program MBA (Entrepreneurship) comes into picture. It’s a 2 year Full-time MBA Program under Pravin Dalal School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management (SBM’s initiative) that focuses on equipping budding entrepreneurs with essential tools and precise vision.
MBA (Entrepreneurship) is specifically designed for students who want to lead and manage business enterprises and also those who want to start their own ventures. This degree will help students to learn fundamentals and acquire skill sets that will prepare them from initial development of a business plan to financing a start-up and managing a growing business. The curriculum is designed to inspire students and executives who have the passion to drive their ideas and create economic value.
To create entrepreneurial opportunities through the invention, development and exploitation of new ideas, products and services.
To inculcate among students entrepreneurial competencies covering goal setting, self-confidence, information seeking, problem solving and planned risk taking.
To identify entrepreneurial opportunities that exist; understand untapped and unserved markets; also the application of technology to serve untapped markets.
To provide personal counselling and mentoring to develop competent entrepreneurs and successful business executives of tomorrow.
The MBA (Entrepreneurship) program comes under the purview of Pravin Dalal School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management (SBM’s initiative) which was established to assist family owned firms to be in line with professional organizations. Being pioneers in the segment for more than a decade, it understands the emerging needs of family run businesses in the growth and emergence of India as a strong nation. Pravin Dalal School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management is an initiative of ‘The School of Business Management’ (SBM) of SVKM’s NMIMS Deemed-to-be-University. The SBM offers executive education programs for professionals who want to make the key transition in their careers. The school aims to equip students with a wide range of management skills to help them navigate through the complex business environment of today.
The MBA (Entrepreneurship) program will definitely help students find their own space to grow and excel.
2 Year Full-time duration
Trimester I–IV: Class room learning
Trimester V–VI: Project leading to Business Model development and implementation
Idea Pitching and Funding assistance in Trimester VI (Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists will be involved)
Mentoring support throughout the process with international exposure
Students will be encouraged through In-house incubation to start their ventures through financial assistance from banks, angel investors and venture capitalists
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from Recognized University (Minimum 50% in Aggregate/Final Year)
Good oral and written communication skills
No business background required
Registration Period: 26th Feb – 21st March, 2020
Written Test & Interview: 3rd & 4th April, 2020
Declaration of Merit List: 11th May, 2020
Course Commencement: 8th June, 2020
Ek Prayas – A Social Conclave
Mumbai: 1 March 2020
The students of MBA Part Time, MBA Part Time – Social Entrepreneurship and Executive MBA of SVKM’s NMIMS – School of Business Management programs organized the first ever Social Conclave of part time and executive programs on Sunday, 1st March 2020. Event was scheduled at 2 pm in Mukesh Patel Auditorium at Vile Parle (West). The theme for this year was ‘Ek Prayas’ to celebrate the journey of 2020 Padmashri Awardees and facilitate Smt. Rahibai Popere, popularly known as ‘Seed Mother’ and Shri. Popatrao Pawar, former Sarpanch, Hiware Bazaar, Ahmednagar. Both the Padmashri awardees are examples of life-time commitment to a cause & hence the title, Ek Prayas, which translates into giant effort.
The event had the Panel Discussion that covered their journey and learnings. Dr. Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor SVKM’s NMIMS and Dr. Ramesh Bhat, Provost and Dean SBM, SVKM’s NMIMS were the other panelists. Dr. Madhavi Gokhale, Professor, SBM moderated the Panel Discussion.
Mr. Popatrao Pawar took the audience through his journey from his education in Pune, cricketing days and returning to Hiware Bazaar and transformation of the village. He explained the initiatives he undertook in water conservation as Sarpanch of the village, challenges and innovative solutions to overcome the challenges. The most prominent initiative is the concept of Water Budgeting. Water Budgeting hinges on the concept of “amount of water village uses is equal to the amount of water the village conserves”. He also explained how the village moved away from high water consuming sugarcane which made a lot of difference in conserving water. In Maharashtra about 73% of water is used in sugarcane fields which constitute only about 3 % of the cultivated area. Apart from water conservation, his other initiatives were making Hiware Bazaar Open Defecation Free (ODF), which happened in 1992 and also alcohol and mosquito free. Women empowerment was his another initiative and all houses in Hiware Bazaar have the name of the lady first followed by the name of man of the house. The legal title of the house is in the name of the lady. Due to all these initiatives Hiware Bazaar is today a prosperous village with no BPL families. Improved agricultural infrastructure and prosperity reversed the trend of rural to urban migration with 70 families earlier belonging to the village reverse migrating from Mumbai, Thane and Pune to their village.
Seed mother Smt. Rahibai Popere explained her journey of conserving native varieties of seeds and encouraging farmers to give up hybrid and genetically modified variety of crops. As an agriculturist Smt. Popere was motivated to take up organic farming using native variety of seeds. This was in contrast to the intensive use of chemicals and fertilizers which was over years degraded the soil and was harmful for the consumers of such grains, vegetables and fruits. As explained by Smt Popere the older generation used to live up to 100-110 years while the current generation struggles to live up to 60-70 years and are prone to diseases such as heart ailments, cancer and diabetes which can be prevented by consuming organic agricultural produce. With support from her family and the self-help groups through the concept of Seed Exchange she conserved traditional seed varieties and distributes them to farmers for cultivation.
In her talk, she emphasized the need to reduce the chemicals in the crops to reduce the ailments. She also emphasized the need to have a kitchen garden for the benefit of good health and longevity. She said even if one meal is there for the family but it needs to be nutritious and organic meal. She concluded the talk with the inspirational words “today I have all the wealth but I will continue to work on the field with my 3,000 women”.
Dr. Ramesh Bhat explained his engagement with the Social Cause in the areas of mental health in the villages of Gujarat. In his research project with NIMHANS Bengaluru and B.J. Medical College Ahmedabad he studied villagers’ behaviour and responses towards mental health by conducting behavioural experiments. He also highlighted his association with SEWA in their insurance schemes for the economically weaker sections of the society.
Dr. Rajan Saxena explained the famous Shirpur Model of Water Conservation initiated by Chancellor Shri Amrishbhai Patel and how the arid region of Shirpur was transformed into an agriculturally rich region. He also explained the transformation brought about by the Hon. Chancellor in the region through providing quality education and employment opportunities. The Audio Visual show presented this inspiring work.
Our Alumnus Shri Bhagwan Kesbhat was felicitated and awarded the distinguished alumnus award for his contribution to the social sector. His initiatives include water conservation as part of Paani Foundation and environmental awareness through his NGO Waatavaran.
In the end, Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Meena Galliara, Director Jasani Center and she thanked everyone who has been part of organizing the function and the audience.
Popatrao Pawar: Popatrao Baguji Pawar (born 1960) is the former Sarpanch of Hiware Bazar, a gram panchayat in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra India. He is the Executive Director of Maharashtra state government’s Model Village program. He is credited to have transformed it from an impoverished village into a model of development that the government of Maharashtra wishes to implement across the state. Pawar led Hiware Bazar’s transformation from a drought- prone village to a green and prosperous model village. He featured in an India Today cover story as the person who demonstrated how rural water resources could be revived. The Hiware bazar gram panchayat, with Pawar as its sarpanch, won the first National Award for community led water conservation in 2007.
Rahibai Popere: Rahibai Soma Popere born in 1964, is an Indian farmer and conservationist. She helps other farmers return to native varieties of crops, preparing hyacinth beans for self-help groups. She is among three Indians in the BBC list of “100 Women 2018”. Scientist Raghunath Mashelkar gave Rahibai the epithet “Seed Mother”.
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