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.
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.
Conference Development Office- Jesuit Conference of India
2nd Floor, Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003
Phone no.: +91 011-46039622