‘Experience sharing and Capacity
building of SGP partners’
July 15, 2008
United Nations Development Programme, 55 Lodi
Estate, New Delhi-110003
GEF – Global Environment Facility
NC – National Coordinator
NGO _ Non Governmental Organization
NSC- National Steering Commitee
PO- Programme Officer
SGP- Small Grants Programme
UNDP- United Nationa Development Programme
SGP programmes in India are widespread in terms of thematic
and geographical areas. SGP India, as of
today has supported 257 demand led, local area and community
based action projects countrywide. The project partners
working in different geographical and thematic areas mostly
get chance to meet in regional forums to share their
experiences and learn from each other. Workshops like this
not only gives chance to SGP partners to present and share
their experience but they also get chance to interact with
other partners doing innovative programmes and project in
different areas. This way they get an idea on practical and
tested technologies, methods and approaches which partners
share between each other and later apply relevant learnings
in their projects. Through these workshops partners also
come across projects which could be replicated in their
areas and thus they get ideas to develop new and relevant
projects quite required in their area, this leads to cross
learning and replication.
forums SGP partners get chance to interact with the
concerned people of the funding, implementing and
facilitating agency who guides them on the proper planning
and execution of the project.
Objective of the Workshop:
share the recommendations and suggestions of NSC members
on the projects discussed in the 23rd National Steering
Committee meeting held on 6th June 2008.
Sharing ideas on the Principles of Sustainable
development and concerns on project sustainability.
Sharing of experiences among SGP partners on the kind of
works they have been doing and the impact the project
Sharing of plan of action new project partners have
planned in for their project and incorporation of
successful action plans from old partners.
Updating partners on the system of documentation and
reporting of project activities
Enhancing capacities of partners to build linkages with
local Governments at district and state level through
watershed guidelines and NREG’s.
Sodhi (NC) welcomed all the participants and after a small
round of introduction presented the purpose of the workshop
to the participant. He clarified the status of GEF, UNDP,
GOI and CEE in the Small Grants Programme. NC said that UNDP
wants projects to be ongoing and such workshops give us a
very good platform to make links and share experiences.
by Mr. P.S.Sodhi (National Coordinator, GEF UNDP SGP India)
followed by a presentation by NC in which he presented an
overview of concerns on project sustainability. The
important points discussed were as follows-
Develop strategic, innovative projects specially in poor
areas, reach the unreached
Cross cutting issues of community ownerships, local
institution building, gender and equity and links to
local governments should be emphasized and while doing
budgeting all the points should be included
common exchange of learning and experiences e-mails
should be exchanged from both sides
Always document and share recognition of SGP projects
keep yourself updated do visit SGP India and GEF
While reporting the activities and achievements give
more of quantitative details. Your output should be
Timely submission of reports facilitates timely
completion of projects. So please be on time.
When in mid term let us know the project status
Process is more important than target,
do mention the HOW factor
while reporting activities.
project sustainability mutual trust and rapport building
among stakeholders is very important
not reinvent the wheel, learn from each others
experience and share ideas and issues.
Know your target group , know their needs and document
‘PLEASE DO WRITE TO SGP SECRETARIAT’ for any kind of
technical assistance required and we will guide you.
from discussing all the above points NC also discussed the
importance of participatory planning. He also shared some
case studies where due to involvement of communities in
developing village work plans made the project successful,
sustainable and replicable. He also shared that social,
environmental and livelihood indicators should be documented
to develop the project impact report.
this NC introduced Dr. Preeti Soni (Head Energy and
Environment Unit, UNDP CO) to the participants.
Dr. Preeti Soni presented an overview of history, reach and
success of SGP India programmes to the participant. She also
discussed the role of UNDP CO with the participants and the
new programmes taken up by UNDP CO, in India. Later she said
that the SGP Programme is graduating and after 2010 we would
not receive from the GEF funding and so we have to depend on
co-financing and get support from Government and
multilateral organizations and develop linkages with UNDP
Programmes and National programmes.
She said that the partners should take learnings from
scaling up projects to limit reinventing the wheel.
She also said that the UNDP CO focus is on up-scaling
projects and in the UNDAF states which includes, U.P, M.P,
Rajasthan,Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Orissa.
She laid great emphasis on identification, implementation
and documentation of project activities and impact created.
She also told the SGP partners about the Solution Exchange,
which is an initiative of the United Nations Agencies in
India, and is harnessing the power of Communities of
Practice to help attain national development goals and the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), leveraging the
knowledge, experience and energies of development
practitioners towards the common objective of
problem-solving. She said that this is a very good platform
where partners could become members and share their
experiences and learnings.
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Points put forth by Mr. Anil Arora (Programme
Officer, UNDP CO)
that Small Grants Programme is a flagship programme since it
deals directly with NGOs and CBOs but all other programmes
of UNDP are linked through ministries. He said that our NGO
partners have been doing wonderful work but it is not know
to UNDP. He said that our NGO partners should document
success stories even in the local language and should send
it to the UNDP CO.
that there are lot of avenues to work together and such
workshops provides a forum to understand, learn and give an
understanding of administrative procedures and clarify
problems faced in project implementation.
He also emphasized the point of timely completion of reports
and said that in case the project needs an extension then it
should be informed 3 months in advance so that the payments
does not get stuck.
He said that the NGO partner should also give feedback on
the problems (if any) faced from CEE.
Partners should not shy away from showing the support got by
any other donor, as that could be sown as co-financing and
would expand the scope of your project
from NGO partners of new and old SGP projects
Below given are
the projects on which presentations were made by various NGO
partners on plan of action/ongoing activities of the project
and impacts created by the project in case of ongoing
Name of the
Jaipur Zila Vikas Parishad
Develop Sustainable Choices for Leather Scrap and
minimize Air Pollution
Winrock International India
Techno-social and energy saving interventions for
improving the reliability of pots in glass melting
Friends of the Doon Society
Ecological and Energy Conservation- The Rasalpur
Eco- Development Project in Haridwar District/
Sujagriti Samaj Sevi Sansthan,Sujagriti Samaj Sevi
Reclamation of ravines through endogenous technology
& ex-situ conservation of local biodiversity in
Piprai Panchayat of Morena District in Madhya
Promote Conservation practices in forest areas
through Bamboo Workers Cooperative Development
Food Sovereignty through Women Leadership and Secure
Agro Bio Diversity
Bioved Research and Communications Centre
Waste and barren land development through agro lac
Nanda Devi Swarojgar Sikshan Sansthan
Establishing traditional Water Harvesting System of
the selected villages full of water and recharging
of Ground Water for their Sustenance
Demonstration and dissemination of “Biomass based
Biogas Plants” Technology
Environment Protection through Sustainable
Livelihood of Tribal
Navnreet Energy Research and Information (NERI)
Pilot clean and green technology and organic farming
concept towards empowerment and better livelihoods
Presentation by Dr. S. Parthasarthy (IAS):
“Sharing links with
local Governments at district and state level through
watershed guidelines and NREG’s”.
Dr. Parthsarathy introduced the watershed guidelines to the
participants and discussed as to how they could make use of
this guidelines in development and implementation of their
projects and build links with the local government.
He said that deployment and convergence of resources in
country is important.
He said NGOs has the same right as the Government agencies
and that funds are equally available to the committed
agencies. He also discussed the important roles to be
performed by the Gram Panchayat under the watershed
guidelines and shared some of the selection criteria for
He also encouraged the participants to go through the
watershed guidelines to get a better idea to develop
linkages which is necessary for project sustainability and
Sharing of experience and learnings between NGO
Clear understanding of roles and status of GEF UNDP CO,
GOI and CEE in the small grants programme
Clear understanding of reporting formats and timelines
Direct interaction with the funding agency and clear
understanding on the expectations of the funding agency
from the project partners.
Some partners got inspiration from successful running
projects to replicate the project in their region
(Friends of the Doon Society and Pradeepan decided to
consult Bioved to replicate the project of ‘Waste and
barren land development through agro lac host
Guidance and inputs on the plan of action for the
project implementation and sustainability
Guidance by NC to document impacts created by the