A national capacity building programme, Empowering Grassroots is aimed at handholding, training and enabling community based organisations (CBOs) to maximise their impact on the ground. Under ‘Empowering Grassroots’ initiative, CBOs are trained on vital issues relevant to the development sector in the country like scalability, sustainability, communication, resource mobilisation and governance by industry experts from reputed Indian and international organisations. Handholding meetings and face to face learning sessions are held round the year to help the CBOs effectively resolve their day to day operational challenges, helping achieve the highest social return on investment (SROI).
Empowering Grassroots is not only an effort to strengthen the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid in India, but also an attempt to bring transparency and accountability in the workings of the development sector at the grassroots level. So far, Smile Foundation has built the capacities of more than 5000 grassroots development organizations under the initiative
Built on Smile Foundation’s 20 years of extensive experience working with the grassroots in India, Change The Game India is an India focused offshoot of an international alliance that aims to strengthen the capabilities of social changemakers and grassroots organizations towards better governance and self-sustainability. The program enables them to gain credibility and support. It also helps them become self-sufficient by honing their skills in identifying, accessing and mobilizing locally. available resources.
Founder, Don Bosco Navjeevan Society, Chandigarh
I am attending the programme for the second time this year. I have come here with open mind to learn, share and gain knowledge from Smile Foundation and fellow participants.
Founder, Ankur Vidyalaya, Jammu
It has been enriching I am even glad to be part of it. I have attended many workshops but the topics which Smile Foundation has covered were different and were as per the need of the small NGOs.
As the name empowering grassroots defines, the programme is made for NGOs like us. We have learned new and advanced things on how to present and document our work in a better way.
Secretary, Sizer InfoTech Charitable Society, Kanpur
Everybody has information about what to do; but where and how to do were what I have learned here. The session on Accountability and Transparency has been engaging and enriching.