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The Power of Local Capacity Building

April 11, 2017 | Articles & Reports

Children in a nonformal education program operated by GFC grassroots partner South Kolkata Hamari Muskan. 

By Neil Ghosh, Executive Vice President

Investing in human resources is critical to any organization seeking to make a real difference in people’s lives—and not for the reasons you may think. A strategic plan requires a qualified team to execute it. But more importantly, developing human resources is at the heart of how we build trust and promote lasting social change.

I saw the critical importance of such investments firsthand, when I visited South Kolkata Hamari Muskan, a grassroots organization working with children living in the red light district of Kolkata, India. SKHM helps those children break the familial cycle of exploitation through education, therapy and other capacity-building services.

Perhaps more importantly, they build local capacity by hiring staff from within the red-light districts. “Two of our key workers were prostituted women,” said Program Manager Rohini Banerjee. “One was an orphan who grew up on these streets, and three of our teachers come from households where prostitution was a part of the reality in which they grew up. Our workers know the area and its people with a degree of familiarity,” he said, “that helps us access households other organizations could not.”

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