In a nation of the size and diversity of India, inequities are deeply rooted in centuries-old layers of gender, caste, class, ethnicity and religion. Government policy, political careers and electoral success too often become a patchwork of ‘schemes’ aimed at appeasing specific interest groups. In this context, the contribution of private philanthropy is ineffective in ensuring that the benefits of India’s increasing prosperity are equitably distributed. CRY believes that a new model of governance – where priorities are determined by empowered communities – is needed to help overcome these vast inequities.

Today, 21st century NGOs adopt best practices in governance as a part of their strategy. At CRY too, governance encompasses the non-negotiable values of accountability, transparency and partnership.

We follow this approach with each individual or group that we partner, including vendors and third party suppliers. We actively engage advocates for child rights in particular and social justice in general, from among the educated, professional and business classes, from within and outside India. Governance is here to stay!

With our development partners:

  • Selection criteria based on long-term strategy and values
  • Selection norms and processes designed for transparency
  • Multi-layered, participative, documented and audited grant sanctioning system
  • Data-driven, participative planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Exhaustive financial and impact parameters – process and outcome
  • Internal and external audits – financial and programmatic
  • Financial risk management – training and funding support
  • Financial and capacity building inputs for organisation building including leadership building, democratic functioning, performance measurement and internal transparency

With donors, media and government across markets:

  • Comprehensive reporting to donors and the public
  • Proactive transparency
  • Feedback mechanisms
  • Values, ethics screening
  • Norm and best practice bench-marking across for-profit and non-profit sectors
  • Active participation in development of sector norms across sectors

With employees and our board:

  • Mission-centric performance planning, evaluation and reward systems
  • Conflict of interest and ethics policies
  • Democratic, participative, transparent decision-making
  • Formal and informal feedback mechanisms and forums
  • Documentation and independent audit
  • Consistent adherence to, and investments in, building mission and values led ethos and culture