While a nation can advance economically through building infrastructure and industrialisation, achieving socio-economic development warrants active participation by the civil society. Non Governmental Organisations play a key role in filling the gaps in the various socio-economic development schemes executed by the government. Going right in the middle of the communities and through insightful research, NGOs can ensure that the poorest of the poor in India get to experience sustainable growth and get access to education and employment, and essential services. This ensures that the benefits of economic growth reach the smallest denominator.
NGOs can contribute in several ways to ensure that India sees poverty eradication, sustainable growth, and empowerment of the downtrodden.
1. Fighting for sustainable development
NGOs have been constantly campaigning for sustainable development. They provide data-driven support to government bodies, and also empower local communities to move towards a sustainable form of living. The idea is to help the present-day communities to grow and advance without affecting the opportunities of coming generations to attain development. When you donate to NGOs, you empower them to take up the cause of the most marginalised sections of the Indian society. Civil society harnesses the funding received to drive social campaigns to pressure corporations and governments to work with sustainability.
2. Poverty Alleviation
While the country has witnessed tremendous economic advancement during the last two and a half decades, access to clean water, sanitation, housing, quality education, healthcare and nutrition are essential to enable India’s 260 million to leave behind a life of poverty. NGOs run massive awareness, sensitisation and development programs to end the factors that trigger poverty. Beyond that, they execute on-ground initiatives to empower communities. For example, Save the Children works for providing education to the most underprivileged children in India with an aim to help them march ahead in life. Similarly, there are projects on health and nutrition for poor children so that they can lead a happy and healthy childhood.
3. Children empowerment
Children are the future of any country. Happy and prosperous children of today grown on to become mature, responsible and qualified adults of tomorrow and can contribute much better to the nation-building process. Save the Children runs campaigns and projects on a pan-India level to keep the poorest and the most deprived children safe, healthy and make provisions for them to get quality and holistic education.
Organisations like Save the Children are also doing some cutting edge work at a grassroots level in slums, in tribal areas and in remote villages when they go amidst the most marginalised communities in India to help children. It is imperative that our society gives children their due, that it acknowledges and accepts their rights and gives them a fulfilling childhood. This will go a long way in achieving true development.
NGOs can play a vital role in shaping the society for generations to come. They can be the force which directs the political discourse towards attaining equitability and sustainable growth. During the last two decades. With their rich expertise in bringing about a change in the lives of backward communities and an experience in campaigning for their (backward communities’) cause, NGOs can help bring about a holistic change in the socio economic landscape of India. Donate to charity today to play your role in developing India.