Way Back in 1984 a group of medical professionals who won national
and international renown for the selfless innovative projects in the
area of community health in rural Maharashtra came together to
reflect how to strengthen the numerous NGOs in their efforts to
deliver a variety of social services to the poor and disadvantaged
sections of the society. They noticed several gaps in the
institutional framework within which this voluntary agencies
functioned – gaps and information, gaps in resources, gaps in
Thus was born the idea to set up a support organization which would
help NGOs overcome this handicap that they could carry out their
mission of helping more effectively.
The result was SOSVA – Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies
It would assist NGOs identify projects help them in project
preparation, securing grants from national and international
agencies including government, guide them in implementing projects,
secure for them human resources and building of their staff.
To this end, SOSVA took a serious of initiatives in the area of
Project Promotion – as a nodal agency
Training – for capacity buildings
Information – through publications
Volunteering – for human resources
Physical resources – like medial equipment and stores
(Hyper link for all these activities)
SOSVA’s initial efforts were in the fields of health which was its
founder’s forte. Activities soon spread out to other areas like
Family Welfare, Education, Women’s Development and Environment.
Gradually SOSVA carried out banner from Mah. to other States like
Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi thus reaching
potential hinterland comprising 22.5% of the country’s population.
In 1991, SOSVA initiated the idea of an intermediary / promotional
agency which could identify suitable NGOs promote their projects,
obtain financing and assist in project implementation, technically
managerially and procedurally. The Government of India later
introduced with modifications a similar approach called the Mother
Unit Scheme as a consequence today NGOs have access to mature and
experienced “Mothers” who are there to guide them in these aspects.
The idea was later adopted in other departments of the ministry and
the government is considering extension of the concept to other
As the activities stabilized and the organizations matured, SOSVA
following its strategy of establishment consolidation and
divestment, helped operations to be organized into separate entitles
namely SOSVA Karnataka (2000), SOSVA – Delhi, Punjab & Haryana
(2001) and SOSVA – Chandigarh (2001).
Activities of the project promotion and training were also detailed
to a separate institution – SOSVA Training and Promotional Institute
(STAPI) (hyperlink) in 2001. These were done to enable SOSVA focus
on conceptualizing innovative solutions to emergent challenges.
- Vast Experience in the sector
- Past performance, achievements
and track records
- Eminent personalities in the
- Capable of replicating ‘Role
Models’ in other states.
- Has ability to supplement and
complement Govt.’s efforts for bringing out the social change.
STRATEGY OF STAPI
STAPI is following a seven pronged
strategy as an institution that thinks and acts for the entire
voluntary sector. This strategy includes:
- Increasing Sectors: STAPI
is enhancing the capacity building of NGOs for diversification to
other sectors like family welfare. Women empowerment, maternal
and child care, female education and in fact most sectors of
social development. STAPI thus maximizes their effectiveness and
- Assisting them in a variety of
ways to build up financial, managerial and technical capacity.
- Motivating them for
diversification into multi-sectoral development
- Providing Project
implementation assistance to such NGOs. Thus it services the
entire range of NGOs by offering services such as workshops,
newsletters and information services.
- Increased Coverage: SOSVA
our present organization has established its presence in the
states of Karnataka, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of
Chandigarh including Maharashtra, .
- By acting as a networking
agent, STAPI has also established linkages between NGOs,
Government, quasi government bodies, foreign and Indian
foundations and funding agencies. This has increased substantially
the scope of depth of services available to the NGOs.
- Increasing range of services:
Starting from training and promotion of projects against the POVH
– II Scheme, SOSVA now STAPI has expanded its range of support
services to include promotion of NGO projects against all major
government schemes and other funding agencies, co-financing of NGO
projects, technical inputs through training seminars,
publications, information dissemination, consultancy on
operational matters of law, accounts, all of which focus on anti
poverty programmes of the NGOs.
- Advocacy: SOSVA now
STAPI has been actively campaigning WITH Government authorities on
various advocacy issues pertaining to Voluntary Sector ,for
sustainable social development.
- Emphasis of Innovations:
STAPI OSVA has always emphasized the need for finding innovative
solutions to the problems of the NGOs. SOSVA and STAPI itself are
an innovative institutions and probably one of its kind in the