Newsletter – SOSVA Post
(English & Marathi)
SOSVA (Now STAPI) has numerous programmes directed at strengthening the
voluntary sector. Inaccessibility of information on most matters of
interest is a major stumbling block in the NGOs path of progress.
The main objectives of SOSVA’s publication wing is to disseminate
information on all matters of interest to the NGOs through the
medium of booklets, books and its quarterly newsletter – SOSVA POST
which a quarterly newsletter published in English and Marathi. Each
issue covers 12 pages in English with same translated in Marathi.
Issues in Kannada, Hindi and Gurumukhi are also planned.
had implemented a four year project with the support of 15 partner
NGOs of 8 districts on improving the Status of Reproductive Health
Including Family Planning By Strengthening Intersect oral NGOs ”
supported by United Nations Fund for Population Activities
(UNFPA ), during 1998 to 2002.
As a part of the activities, ‘SOSVA Sandesh a quarterly News Letter
in Marathi language was published quarterly during the project
period It reached out to the project implementing NGOs, Other NGOs
working in the health and all District Health Officers.
The Newsletter served a important tool of simple communication in
local regional language for sharing of information including the
success stories, case studies lessons learnt and innovative
activities with, Village Health Workers and also the staff related
to the project . The newsletter also played a vital role in
dissemination of information on Reproductive Health from various
sources to all stakeholders and also helped in redesigning of
project strategy by adapting suitable methodologies.
Raising Manual (English & Marathi)
SOSVA with the generous financial support from Government of
India and USAID, published the first fund raising manual in English
which brought out together information and guidance on Fund Raising.
SOSVA’s belief is tha it is necessary codify experiences for study
and use by voluntary agencies. While publishing this manual SOSVA is
aware the manual is to be updated periodically and also supplemented
by new information through its newsletter SOSVA Post. SOSVA has
brought out Marathi version of Fund Raising Manual in March 1997
“Nidhi Sankalanacha Margadarshak”.
Guide for Donors to NGOs
NGOs are by and large unable to cultivate or approach a vast
donor base. This includes individuals, NRIs, family trusts,
foundations, corporations, financial institutions and even
government organizations. Donors also experience difficulties in
choosing deserving NGOs for grant. In the bargain, the larger more
visible and popular NGOs receive regular funds while smaller and
rural get inadequate funds. To solve this problem and bridge the gap
between donors and NGOs, SOSVA has issued a first volume of the
Guide for Donors with all relevant information on 60 NGOs. This
directory is being circulated to the vast donor base it has
identified. SOSVA has now undertaken to put it on website with 2 to
3 pages for each NGO.
In addition to SOSVA’s newsletter, its other publication such as
labour laws applicable to NGOs, project preparation as well as audit
and accounting procedure are in great demand.
STAPI has published a number of books on important subjects like
Fund Raising Manual (English); Nidhi Sankalanacha Margadarshak
(Marathi); Auditing, Accounting & Budgeting for NGOs; Taxation
matters for NGOs, Labour Laws for NGOs; Swayamsevi Sansthansathi
Praptikar Margadarshak (Marathi), Project writing, evaluation and