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Title: Study Of The Decision-Making And Partnership Processes In Funding Organisations Towards Facilitating Service Delivery In The Health Sector
Authors: J. Trasi, Reshma
Keywords: School of Social Sciences
Gita Shah
Issue Date: 2001
Abstract: This dissertation is titled " A STUDY OF THE DECISION-MAKING AND PARTNERSHIP PROCESSES IN FUNDING ORGANISATIONS TOWARDS FACILITATING SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE HEALTH SECTOR", with the following objectives. 1. To study the philosophy of the funding organization 2. To study the decision-making process in providing funds to the NGOs dealing with the health sector and 3. To study the partnership process between the funding organization and the NGO. Research Methodology ln order to study the above, two funding organizations or foundations were selected for data collection. An exploratory, descriptive qualitative methodology was used with a mixed bag of tools. These tools included interviews with the personnel in the funding organizations, observation of meetings and secondary data like research proposals, media clippings, annual reports, correspondence with the NGOs, monitoring formats etc. Ch apterization The history of giving through the years, its connections with religion, giving patterns around the world and the changing role of philanthropy and foundations has been charted in Chapter 1. The various players in "institutional giving" have also been described using a conceptual framework. The chapter on research methodology describes the methodology in detail, introducing and explaining the concepts of foundations, decision-making and foundation-NGO partnerships within the context of development. Chapters 3 and 4 present the data from the two foundations, each followed by the summary of the findings in both organizations. The concluding chapter revolves around the major findings and the recommendations, with a short discussion on the role that foundations can play in the development process within civil society. The major findings 1. Professionalization is a vital component even in a foundation; 2. Capacity building within the foundation is as important as supporting projects that deal with capacity building of the NGO; 3. Partnerships are not entirely possible given the present "resource-dependent" scenario in India; 4. Foundations need to evolve and look beyond the philosophy of their "founding fathers" in order to increase organizational effectiveness and 5. Non-financial assistance is as, if not more important than the financial grants made by the foundations.
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