Our team of qualified professionals, from the development sector is responsible for the selection, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of CRY-partnered NGOs. Criteria for supporting an initiative: Focus on children Focus on nascent initiatives – grassroots or urban Priority to projects in areas where no other projects / facilities exist Vision, commitment, approach to work of the project partner Project concepts should empower the community in which they work, the parents, and ultimately make an irreversible change to the lives of children Process for selection and appraisal Fill or send an application as per our format covering details like the objective of the initiative, the partner’s background, experience on the field, financial details etc. Our team screens and short lists these applications A pre-funding, evaluation visit is conducted An Internal discussion on the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats Recommendation by the Development Support team at region and head office levels Approval by our Board of Trustees Commencement of partnership Monitoring and evaluating of the initiative Our Development Support team visits each project on a quarterly or half yearly basis. Meetings with the staff, parents, children and the community with whom the project works. Assessing the project’s training & information support needs as well as its achievements. Submission of quarterly, half yearly and annual reports. Annual evaluation, budget and plans for the next grant period are initiated by our team. Review of project finances A team of professional chartered accountants (Account Aid) assist us in financial reviews and audits of the projects. Along with Account Aid, we identify projects where our funds are at risk due to poor financial management or mismanagement of funds. These high-risk projects are closely monitored. Frequent financial reviews on bookkeeping and maintenance of accounts are carried out at the projects. An external project audit is almost always mandatory at each project. Project partners are encouraged to discuss their budgets and expenditure with their core teams and the community with whom they work, for greater social accountability and transparency. Our team makes quarterly or half yearly field visits to asses progress of each project. Disbursals to projects are made quarterly or half-yearly based on reviews done.