FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
Dr. Jerome Stanislaus D’Souza, SJ
President, Jesuit Conference of India/ South Asia
The Conference Development Office (CDO) is a realisation of a great dream, a fulfilment of a prolonged process of discernment and a fruition of a consistent effort to sustain and develop the developmental initiatives of the Jesuits in India/ South Asia. A major objective of the CDO is to sustain and develop the preferences and priorities of the Conference and to enable the Directors for Development in the Provinces (PDDs) through a process of coordination and training. From a developmental perspective, the larger goal of the CDO is to enable individuals and institutions for the transformation and empowerment of the least and excluded through just, equitable, integrated and sustainable affirmative actions. As of today, the CDO promotes and enhances the thematic and developmental thrust areas of the Conference such as the Sankalp (informal education), Jesuitec (accompanying youth), Ecology, Peace and Reconciliation, Migration, Lok Manch and Disaster Response (JRH). Operating as an ‘extended arm’ of the Conference with 21 Provinces and unit partners the CDO facilitates, developing a corporate identity and a collective response of the Jesuits in India/South Asia.
The CDO fosters linkages among Jesuit-led institutions and networks in the region. It furthers specific development initiatives through capacity building, collaboration and partnerships, and branding. The CDO with the Director, has a well set up office with competent staff. While assisting the Province Development Directors (PDD) to set up their own offices, to generate funds and to coordinate their activities and make it a network at the Conference level, the CDO has also been the communication wing of the JCSA.
The CDO has conducted various studies like mapping of and endeavored to give visibility to the seven thematic pillars of the Conference. Over the years, the CDO has made a signal contribution to nourish and nurture the strategic engagements of the Conference.
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
With a focus on providing Voice, Visibility and Velocity (3Vs), CDO helps voicing and supporting development actions and priorities, promotes visibility and ensures strategic reflection among the various networks. While promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the CDO also aligns its engagements with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Jesuits and the Conference of South Asia preferences namely: a) Ensuring Quality Education; b) Promoting Ecology and Justice; c) Accompanying Youth; d) Fostering Peace and Reconciliation; and e) Promoting Renewal.
Dr. Siji Chacko, SJ
Director, Jesuit Conference of India/South Asia Development & Communications
ABOUT JESUIT COLLECTIVE AND NETWORKS IN INDIA/SOUTH ASIA
As a collective and network, the Jesuits are the larger umbrella which has a long history and tradition beginning from 1540 founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola. The Jesuits have a global membership of more than 16,000 experienced members across the world.
The Jesuits operate through six Conferences viz. Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Madagascar, Asia Pacific, Europe, USA-Canada and South Asia, which are spread across more than 110 countries. The Conferences of South Asia has 21 administrative entities known as Provinces/Regions in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
Development Action Through Networks
The Jesuit networks include the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Jesuit network with international engagements. In South Asia, the Jesuits have a large network of educational institutions known as Jesuit Educational Association (JEA) and Jesuit Higher Education Association South Asia (JHEASA). The Jesuit contributions to education in India could be traced to the year 1543 with the setting up of the first-ever higher education institution in Goa. Currently, the Jesuit Collective has over 400 schools (urban and rural), about 60 higher education institutions (including the prestigious XLRIs, Loyola Colleges, St. Xavier’s College, and others).
The Jesuits and networks began to focus more in the social development sector since 1970s, prioritizing social research and developmental interventions. At present the Jesuits have over 100 social work centers across the country. Apart from the Indian Social Institute (Delhi and Bengaluru), they came up with initiatives and programmes such as the inter-religious dialogue, empowering the marginalized through livelihood promotion, skilling the youth, supporting refugees and the displaced, helpline for migrants, etc.
The Jesuits in South Asia are aligned with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the global Jesuit networks, and as a Conference it has the following preferences:
Jesuits and Development Offices
In 2007, Development Offices were set up among Jesuit networks across the globe, as part of the “invitation to grow the capacities to establish linkages with individuals and groups and agencies for the advancement of the developmental initiatives and to promote local philanthropy”. These efforts were always done in collaboration and partnership with friends, agencies, and alumni networks.
Conference Development Office (CDO) is the development wing of the Jesuit Conference of India/South Asia. It promotes programmes and fosters linkages among Jesuit-led institutions and networks in the region. CDO furthers specific development initiatives through capacity building, collaboration partnerships, and branding. It enhances the thematic and developmental thrust areas of the Conference such as the Sankalp (informal education), JesuiTec (accompanying youth), Ecology, Peace and Reconciliation, Migration, Lok Manch and Disaster Response (JRH). Operating as an ‘extended arm’ of the Conference Development Offices spread out in 21 Provinces and many unit partners. Developing a corporate identity and collective response of the Jesuits in South Asia is the major objective of the CDO.
Jesuit Conference of India (JCI) under which the CDO operates is part of the international organisation of the Jesuits Conference of South Asia (JCSA). Registered as not-for-profit organisation in India, JCI has been engaged in pioneering and exemplary work in the areas of education, social development, and empowerment. From its very beginning in 1978, it has been committed towards working with vulnerable communities by providing quality education for the unreached children in rural and remote areas, supporting youth to be future ready, establishing peace and harmony, working for distressed migrants, rights and entitlements and also responding to disasters and caring the environment.
Confluence of efforts towards transformation, empowerment and sustainability
To enable individuals and institutions for the transformation and empowerment of the least and excluded through just, equitable, integrated and sustainable affirmative actions
OUR – GOALS AND ENGAGEMENTS
With a focus on providing Voice, Visibility and Velocity (3Vs), CDO helps voicing and supporting development actions and priorities, promotes visibility and ensures strategic reflection among the various networks. While promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the CDO also aligns its engagements with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Jesuits.
- Engaging and collaborating with the partner organisations to develop project proposals, initiate programme and developmental interventions
- Ensures compliance with programme and project management requirements
- Provides information for linkage across programme activities to help identify critical points for convergence
- Promoting and enhancing the understanding of strategic “development” in the Conference
- Thematic issue identification, need assessment, resource forecasting and capacity assessment to bridge the capacity versus resource gap proactively
- Strategic planning for the organisations, institutions, Provinces and Conference.
Knowledge Management and Monitoring
- Documenting and sharing the best practices, facilitating a learning and sharing ecosystem primarily on the thematic pillars across the Provinces and Conference
- Engage in research and studies for developing appropriate knowledge products for policy advocacy at various levels
- Developing tools for ongoing quality assessment of programmes and supporting evaluation processes
Networking, Collaborations and Partnerships
- Networking and collaboration horizontally and vertically, within the Zone, in between Zones and between the Zones and the Conference
- Establish linkage for liasoning, networking and programme support-nationally and
- Strengthen the thematic pillars across the Provinces and Conference.
- Guide, support and update about new funding opportunities, including crowd funding, available and how to tap them
- Developing new project proposals and building capacities to develop appropriate
Human Resource Management and Compliance
- Developing organisational policies and ensuring statutory compliances for due diligence.
- Assess, guide, contribute to and build the right talent pool in organisations in the provinces to enhance overall efficiency
Communication, Corporate Identity and Branding
- Develop websites, publications, communication collaterals (print and visual), and other appropriate materials for branding to create visibility for the organisations, work and projects
- Build corporate identity and brand to raise funds.
Institutionalising and Operationalising Conference and Province Preferences
- Assist in institutionalising and operationalising Conference and Province Preferences
- Develop appropriate monitoring systems for the effective implementation of Conference and Province Preferences.
OUR THEMATIC AREAS
Based on the understanding that quality education leads to all future development, Sankalp supports educational rights of children from marginalised and disadvantaged communities across South Asia, especially India. A Jesuit Collective initiative, it envisions a society as “Human Capital with democratic values and scientific outlook for transformation” and aims to “Engage in inclusive, quality, and equitable educational interventions for marginalized communities”. As a holistic educational accompaniment programme, Sankalp primarily works with children 6 years and above, to provide them with age-appropriate academic as well as socio-emotional competencies by means of multi-tiered Learning Enhancement Centres (LECs) that run parallel to their enrolment in the Government school system. Apart from regular classes at these centres, rigorous short and long-term residential programmes are also arranged for children to overcome learning gaps; both in terms of academics and those in critical life skills. Teaching-learning is grounded in the local language and is characterised as being child-friendly, need-based, contextual as well as exploratory in nature, giving children multiple opportunities to construct knowledge actively. In order for educational efforts to become sustainable, Sankalp additionally engages in mobilization and capacity building of its target communities especially women, Government school systems and Government administration structures, inviting their support and participation in the programme. At present, Sankalp reaches out to over 1 lakh children across 15 states of India through more than 1200 learning centres with diligent efforts from 2540 well-trained educators. .
Under the Jesuit collective’s flagship skill development program, JesuiTec, we equip school dropouts and unemployed youth with relevant skills so that they can integrate into the mainstream workforce. Among its components are Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs), Community Colleges (CCs), and short-term training programs for the unemployed. As a result of our intense collaboration with local communities as well as partnerships with like-minded groups and other non-governmental organizations, we are developing sustainable pathways specifically for disadvantaged communities. In addition to skill-building programs, our curriculum supports the ‘Make in India’ initiative and the ‘Skill India’ program.
Through a network of 17 technical institutes the JesuiTec Network educates children in 18 states. Every year, it educates around 7000 children, with 85 percent finding work after completing their education. As a result, of its long-term operations, it has developed 17 skilling institutes that offer 42 courses in 18 unique industrial trades. In addition to nursing and hospitality courses, the centers also give formal training in computer hardware, fashion design, beauty culture, auto mechanics, and solar panels.
With strong links to the industry, JesuiTec is able to provide young people trained in its institutes with industrial exposure and placement opportunities. Some of the major centres are Loyola Vocational Institute, New Delhi, V-Care, Jahangirpuri, New Delhi. Ashadeep Community College, Bihar, Xavier Technical Institute, Sevasi, Gujarat, Xavier ITI, Srirampur, Maharashtra and St. Joseph’s Technical Institute, Pune, Maharashtra.
Lok Manch is a platform of community leaders and civil society organizations that engages in human rights governance and policy engagement initiatives at block/district, state and national level for the rights of marginalized communities. It also aims to provide justice, equality, fraternity, peace, social commitment, excellence, decentralization, transparency & accountability, collective action, innovation, affirmative action and environmental protection for the underprivileged section of the society.
Lok Manch’s three-fold objective is to promote implementation of the regional administrative bodies’ integration plans and of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Schedule Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP), Schedule Tribe Sub-Plan (STSP), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Government schemes, improve access to NFSA and SCSP, STSP, WASH and related government schemes, identifying gaps in policies and taking up those issues with concerned Government authorities for further improvement.
Lok Manch as network of organizations is working towards the objective of ensuring the entitlements of people living in margins has been successful to a considerable extent and has entered into the second phase of implementation. The program is in operation in 13 states, across 13 provinces through 92 network partners. The program has reached more than 1800 hamlets in India and has positively contributed to the life of three lakh households in ensuring their minimum entitlements.
An ever-increasing population coupled with changing hydrology, land resources and indiscriminate use of natural resources has led to a huge ecosystem degradation, effecting humans as much as flora and fauna. Aligning itself to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Universal Preferences of the Jesuits at the global and South-Asian level, the EcoJesuit network responds to the immediate need to heal the planet with a vision ‘Our Mother Earth, Our Common Home’. Together with a network of more than 100 highly motivated and technically- informed local partner organisations spread across 23 states of India; Nepal and Sri Lanka, the EcoJesuits engage in a multitude of ecological interventions. These include bio-diversity conservation and preservation of rare species, sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, Eco-education, Eco-spirituality, climate justice, Eco-research, policy advocacy/ engagement, thereby ‘Promoting collective responsibility to care, nurture and sustain the Earth’. The community-based programme has engaged with more than 3 lakh students in various schools and colleges, supported over 60,000 small and marginal farmers and conducted 30,000 plus ecological awareness programmes and trainings among local communities. EcoJesuit network extends support in promoting and preparing herbal medicines, preservation of endangered plants, encouraging use of renewable energy sources, organic farming, afforestation and promoting eco-sensitive life choices. Apart from these, the network partners proactively engage in relief and response work during natural disasters.
JESUIT RESOURCE & RESPONSE HUB
As the world increasingly witnesses inequality, violence, intolerance, hatred, ethnocentrism, majoritarianism and disregard for the very dignity of human life, Peace and Reconciliation Jesuit initiative answers to the call of “Peace, Justice, Sustainable Development and Well-being of all sections of people, especially the most vulnerable, marginalised communities and victims of conflicts with focus on youth, women and children as beneficiaries as well as agents of change in the South-Asia Region”. The programme not only works towards promoting trust and appreciation for other cultures and faiths but to establish collaborative and peaceful coexistence in society by transforming attitudes, beliefs and value-systems and foster greater respect for each other with positive dialogues as the way of life. Recognizing youth and young children being agents of all future change, the programme is currently reaching out to more than 50 thousand children across regions, enabling leadership skills as well as awareness generation and capacity building on peace processes. Community mobilization and networking with state Government authorities are equally emphasized. By means of 42-unit partners spread across more than 14 states in India and those in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal, the programme also promotes local, national and international partnerships on research and academic programmes.
MIGRANT ASSISTANCE & INFORMATION NETWORK
Migrant Assistance and Information Network (MAIN) reaches out to the distress migrant workers both in inter- state and intra-state. It is essentially a partnership model which works in collaboration with individuals, NGOs / CSOs / CBOs, institutions, religious congregations, dioceses, networks, etc, at various levels. It also works closely with state governments by developing a replicable and sustainable model of accompanying, serving and advocating for the cause of distressed migrants. MAIN visualizes itself in becoming a state-run programme eventually addressing the issues of distress migrants in the long run across India.
Major activities include:
- Accompanying Distress Migrant workers for their rights and entitlements
- Organizing Migrant Workers
- Help Desks – for emergency helps in accidents, deaths, wage or labour disputes, legal aid
- Research and Publication on Migration and associated issues
- Educational Support for children of migrant workers
Conference Development Office- Jesuit Conference of India
2nd Floor, Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003
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Zonal Office – Bengaluru
Jesuit Conference of India-Conference Development Office
Indian Social Institute, Central Block – B, 24 Benson Road, Benson Town, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560046
Zonal Office – Ranchi
Jesuit Conference of India-Conference Development Office
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