Why was the summit held?
Since 2017, Sahabhag has been extensively working with Palghar District Administration to facilitate collaborations with multiple stakeholders in areas of women empowerment, livelihood generation, water conservation, and sanitation, Integrated Village Development through modes of CSR, Public Private Partnerships, and volunteering initiatives. To further the cause of development and enable breaking of silos, Sahabhag created this platform for existing CSR partners, Non-Profits and new partners to deliberate together on different challenges and commit to uplifting tribal & rural communities further.
What was discussed?
Zilla Parishad CEO, Mr. Milind Borikar introduced the event to the participants followed by a presentation on Palghar’s existing challenges and opportunities by Dr. Prashant Narnaware, Collector Palghar.
Further, an emphasis on Sahabhag’s model of collaboration was elucidated by Shri. Praveen Pardeshi, Additional Chief Secretary to Hon. Chief Minister. Mr. Pardeshi highlighted the need to align CSR projects with the needs of the community, to ensure they are demand driven. He stressed that it was important to focus on projects that would be sustainable in 10 to 20 years from now. He further explained how Sahabhag was playing a critical role as a catalyst in bringing together the government and private partners and the team will ensure a proper system of monitoring and reviewing of projects.
Subsequently the handbook on ‘Dialogue Palghar’ was unveiled at this event showcasing the rich history and cultural significance of Palghar. It gives an overview about Palghar district documenting the work carried out by some of the participating private sector stakeholders in the district. Further, avenues of collaboration for our future partners have also been highlighted.
‘Dialogue Palghar’ was divided into three structured panel discussions for concentrated and outcome-oriented discussions:
Panel 1 focused on cluster development for the holistic upliftment of the society, where cluster of villages would be adopted by corporate partners. Corporates were impressed with the initiatives already undertaken and Sahabhag’s review mechanism which involves meetings and follow-ups with the district administration. The main takeaways were that it is important for the district team to regularly connect with the partners and ease out roadblocks in implementation.
Panel 2 focused on the development of an ecosystem for providing better health facilities and quality education among the community. CEO ZP, Palghar, began the panel with a very focussed presentation on the gap funding and support required such as need for solar electrification of Anganwadis, nutritional supplements requirement in Anganwadis, schools that require toilets, and so on. The presentation lay a clear understanding and path for all corporates who wish to work in this domain in Palghar. This panel brought out the intensive initiatives in malnutrition, infant mortality, adolescent health and education, and many more aspects. It was decided to lay concentrated efforts on improving health and nutrition parameters and improving Early Child Care and Education.
Panel 3 focused on increasing farm and off-farm livelihood opportunities for tribals to arrest migration and other related problems. Palghar, being about 150 kms off Mumbai, the Project Officers highlighted that Palghar has massive scope for generating livelihoods by developing tourism. Partners such as Anita Dongre Foundation, L&T Public Charitable Trust, UNDP, etc highlighted their interventions in livelihood creation across Palghar.
Chief Guest for the event, Hon. Amruta Fadnavis, Vice President Axis Bank and Chief Mentor to Divyaj Foundation thanked the corporates for their efforts and dedication in Palghar. She appealed to corporates, non-profits and other stakeholders to come together for cause of uplifting the district that is lagging in spite of being close to a commercial hub such as Mumbai.
A new website dedicated to channelize CSR funds and facilitate projects exclusively for Palghar district was launched. Visit http://csrzppalghar.com/
Finally, following Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Letter of Intent (LoI) were signed between Corporates and NGO Partners and Collector Office and Zilla Parishad, Palghar in the presence of our esteemed Chief Guest:
- MoU was signed between Kishore Musale Charitable Trust (foundation of ASTARC Group) and Zilla Parishad, Palghar – various Integrated Village Development projects
- GIAN-Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network – Ahmedabad and Mr. Milind Borikar, CEO, Zilla Parishad, Palghar exchanged an MoU for capacity building of tribal people of Palghar district through encouraging Innovation dissemination and Community innovation Lab.
- MoU was signed between Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind and Zilla Parishad, Palghar – for providing early intervention and education for children with hearing impairment and multiple disabilities and providing vocational employment
- MoU was signed between Anand Sarjak Charitable Trust and Zilla Parishad, Palghar – to undertake refurbishment and adoption of Anganwadis
- Friends Union for Energizing Lives (FUEL) and Dr. Prashant Narnaware, Collector, Palghar signed an MoU to provide Career Guidance and Counselling, Employability Skills to youth of Palghar District
- LoI was signed between Krisha Foundation and Zilla Parishad, Palghar – to improve financial literacy of women through the Self Help Group network
- Critical focus sectors that emerged were arresting migration by creating on and off farm livelihood opportunities, providing Nutrition Rich Supplements for addressing malnutrition, strengthening health infrastructure, universalising Early Childhood Education through Anganwadis.
- The district administration assured corporates of participation and allied support in executing projects. A monthly review meeting and weekly follow-ups will be facilitated through the Sahabhag team.
Based on these key parameters, Palghar District Administration will organize Sector Specific roundtables in coming months to have in-depth discussions and create an implementable action plan.