GASD TEAM

GASD Team comprises professionals in the field of Social Work, Social Research, Micro finance, Organic & Fair Trade, Gender & Women, CSR and sustainability; they have been involved in strategic positioning, policy formulation and implementation of development initiatives/interventions within India.

Our team has on an average of 15 years of hands on experience in Social Development, Environmental Management, and Social Compliance (the triple bottom line) for varied organizations across the sectors.

Proposed team has handled projects for CSR/Sustainability reporting as per GRI guidelines and UNGC frameworks. Detailed CVs will be provided on request.

Legal Status

GASD are registered under Trust, Society and also have certificates of 12A & 80G’
 
Registration Details 

Act/under which registeredDate of Regn.PlaceRegistration No.
Society Registration Act -186012th Jan.’ 2010ThaneMah /94/10/Thane
Bombay Public Trust Act- 195028th Mar.’2011ThaneF/21331/Thane
PAN No. under IT Act -196112th Jan.’ 2010ThaneAAAAG7942A
Income Tax 12 A (a) of IT Act- 196128th Oct.’ 2013ThaneTHN/CIT-II/12A(a)/525
Income Tax Exemption(80G )-196128th Dec., 2015PunePN/CIT/Tech/80G/51/2015-16
TAN No. under IT Act -196127th July’ 2013NagpurNGPG06018F

 

Areas of expertise

CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

GASD has emerged to cater to the needs in the field of social development, environmental management and social compliance beyond the mandatory requirements for exports and markets trends. GASD strikes a difference by it virtue to identify CSR initiatives and interventions as strategic and aligned to business process, providing a positive impact and gaining a social license for the business.

CSR ideology has always been ingrained in Indian context, though it’s initial facets were mainly philanthropy, it has evolved to the present form as a business strategy or Corporate Responsibility. It’s a well researched, analyzed and widely reported fact that businesses which have incorporated CR as a core business strategy have addressed the risk timely and added value to their share holders. Globally CR is well received and initiatives to streamline them have been around for more than two decades in the form of consortiums, frameworks and guidelines.

Corporate Responsibility has helped businesses is addressing the risks posed by diminishing natural resources, stringent legislations, competitive sector code of conducts and demanding communities. This echoes Sustainability a concept discussed since 1989; which started as a jargon over a decade back is now a buzzword among businesses, civil societies, governments, NGOs and individuals around the globe. Primarily the reason for this has stemmed from varied endeavors to counter the new risks.

Sustainability though now a widely used term, a lot remains to be explored and greater expectations to be met when practicing it; as businesses are varied due to their regional context, business processes, maturity of the business, and stakeholder’s expectations. CR initiatives have to be customized to have a need based anticipated proactive approach to the new risks.

Social compliance in the supply chain started as a reactive approach to negative media publicity and informed customers of world’s major retailers, today it has evolved as a proactive marketing strategy under CSR portfolio beyond the west - east supply chain.

We at GASD are a team of 4 core members having wide experience in social development sector, social compliance, environmental management, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. We exist to provide customized solutions by deploying pool of practicing professionals. We strive to incorporate sustainability as a core driver and CR initiatives as a natural outcome in your business processes.

Services provided under CSR are

  • Training & Capacity Building for CSR reporting
  • Identification and engaging with stakeholders
  • Review and Gap analysis of CR implementation systems as per global CR guidelines.
  • Social Compliance Audits.

Information and Communication Technology(ICT)

GASD offers variety of services solely to nonprofit organizations based on the professional expertise available within its members using technical knowhow and management skills. One of such services offered is related Information Technology (IT). Services offered by GASD are as following:

  • Consultancy services to generate proposals on IT requirements.
  • User training on software.
  • Developing customized applications such as database applications, Open source or Microsoft technology based applications.
  • Multimedia services.
  • Website development, Domain registration, web space for hosting, email solutions etc.
  • Offering communication services such as video conferencing and telephone conferencing.

Education

The most important battle in development to make marginalized ‘market worthy’ and ‘competition worthy’ - is the fight against illiteracy. The burden of illiteracy falls hardest on the poorest and most disadvantaged groups, landless rural peasants, Women and slum dwellers. Literacy becomes by-product of learning about health, hygiene, nutrition, human rights and community cooperation. In this way functional literacy helps the poor gain self- respect, confidence and control over their lives.

Education is seen as powerful tool of empowerment and key to livelihood security. As employment possibilities shrink this key unlocks opportunities for fewer and fewer graduates. But because the dream holds true for the few, many still pursue it. The whole education system is geared to chasing paper certificates even though majority of all primary marginalized students will go no further. Present educational system is academic, alienating and irrelevant to rural development needs of the poor majority.

Education is supposed to be the new cornerstone of a free, egalitarian and democratic society. Schools would bring the light of knowledge to the poor, transforming their lives and lifting them out of poverty. Today education still seems to hold out the same glimmer of hope. But in fact the system can no longer line up to its promises. Unemployed school drop out lands up in unorganized sector and only a minority of people end up doing satisfying useful work at a descent wage.

The democratic system has enough flexibility to remain credible. There are always poor kids who make it successfully through the system and the better educated are seen as earning the right to better jobs and better incomes. So the general belief that schools are ‘meritocracies’ held true. But a nagging question remains, because in practice there has never been much basis for assuming that all under privileged urban & rural children have access to the same schooling and the same chances for success. Differences in Caste, Sub-Castes, religion and wealth all influence the quality of education despite the fact that the curricula might be identical in a state boards and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) / Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) International residential school Board. The great majority of under privileged children fail in English or Mathematics and drop out or move along a lower track. Perhaps tumbling out the other end with a ‘Diploma Disease’ certificate, the ‘Paper Chasing ‘ products of ‘Diploma Disease’ are churned out to lower their ‘Unrealistic Aspirations’. While Universities and colleges continue to groom the few who will end up in positions of Authority and Power. This group of Urban educated literates are exposed early to ‘Critical & creative learning environments’. Because they are the ‘decision – making’, problem solving and ‘rule’ writing fragment of society. The others under privileged, the ‘trained hands’ of society are educated in a different manner. They are prepared to take orders, follow rules, obey the decisions of superiors and look to knowledge of experts. This two–tiered approach to Indian education system that produces ‘ doers’ and ‘thinkers’ may seem light years away from the education problems faced by under privileged. This ‘Diploma Disease’ syndrome is a reflection of an education system that operates in complete isolation from the pressing development needs of under privileged. It is motivated by no logic but its own need to expand. India spews out thousands of graduates every year, but few of them find immediate jobs especially those who are graduating from Premier Institutes of Technology, Engineering, Management, Medical or Social Sciences. The sad fact is that for every student who makes the leap to higher education there is hundred more under privileged who cannot? Students are stranded in a frustrating limbo, not educated enough for a job in the city and yet reluctant to resume the traditional life of the village. As far as real development is concerned this kind of education is counter productive. Like their Working class counters parts in the urban, children of landless laborers and rural peasants are severely handicapped. Most schools are in the cities, those in the rural sector tend to be ill equipped and under staffed, teachers are often poorly trained and lessons are no more than soul destroying memory work. As Corruption in Urban sector is institutionalized at the entry level from the admission of the ward, similarly it begins with appointment for teacher position in rural schools/ Ashramshalas & colleges. In such a state of affairs it is futile to expect teacher to mentor students & nurture ‘Good Citizens’ of our Country. A poor child is also liable to be malnourished and more prone to sickness and consequently less attentive and more likely to fail. Boys may be supported as long as their parents or village can afford it, but for girls schooling is seen as an impossible luxury. They are needed to plant, harvest, prepare meals and help family attending domestic chores. As a result education in rural sector tends to nourish self –perpetuating elite.

The Neo-Darwinism Theory propounding Survival of the Fastest is fittest applies in today’s age of communication & competition. One who is equipped with latest and fastest information is fittest. Unfortunately under privileged are devoid of access to such qualitative education that capacitates them to be fastest & fittest to survive. Moreover due to lack of access to existing educational infrastructure they are prone to be deprived, marginalized & vulnerable in Development process.

Any social change occurs from within specific community that desires to change; it cannot be enforced by legislations. It is well known fact that Mahatma Phule initiated Schools for Women century ago that is why we see today women excelling in every sphere of development today. Rajaram Mohan Roy, Dhondo Keshav Karve actively attempted to improve status of Women in India, but still we come across cases of dowry deaths, sati, child marriage, female infanticides. In short it takes centuries to transform or bring out Social change. The Human Development Index speaks louder stating our poor status of Development compared with other developing countries. It does not matter one lives in city or village, the facts are the same. Jobs are Scarce. And to get one of the few jobs that are available one needs an education. One needs more than a qualification. For example, good social connections, correct political equations, attitudes, contacts, a bright personality and acceptance of authority by all means. But the minimum requirement is an educational qualification. The two points are important here, the first is that it is a disease of Society, not of individuals. It is organized and from the way that income, status and power is distributed via education.

Present presumption that marginalized poor weaker sections children do not posses cognitive ability & conducive environment to adapt higher education pattern & curriculum is absolute myth. Given a chance & training to improve their efficiency & efficacy along with appropriate didactic & pedagogy, weaker sections children too can perform competitively. Under privileged should enrol students in Qualitative English medium schools & convents too. It is universal fact that English language is powerful tool of empowerment. It instils self-confidence, superiority and articulation to succeed with upward mobility.

In order to secure good governance in educational reforms, we all need to adhere to principles of Inclusiveness, Transparency, and Accountability. This can be ensured by making obligatory to all Educational Institutions to conduct Annual Social Audit by external agency. As a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), industries must invest in Schools, roads & communication infrastructure development in order to improve access to qualitative education with Private – Public partnership. Secondly it most appreciated that corporate supports Computer literacy education & computer training as an activity and promote qualitative education to make rural youth ‘Market worthy’ & ‘competition worthy’. Thus Global Alliance for Sustainable Development (GASD) aims to strengthen and impart formal and non-formal education to all the sections of society in India.

  • Health
  • Livelihood
  • Disaster Management
  • Welfare and Charitable Services
  • Ethical business & Fair Trade
  • Constitutional Democratic Rights of the underprivileged population
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technology for sustainable development

Resources

Human Resources

GASD is equipped with highly qualified & experienced team of development professionals working in Social Development sector for more than two decades and above, besides engaged in conducting action based empirical research and impact assessment studies in Social Development initiatives related to Micro finance, Livelihood, information, education and communications, HIV/AIDS, Gerontology, Natural disaster Reconstruction and Rehabilitation and Criminal justice system.

Our team of professionals are trained by premier institutes, NGOs and Experts in Health & Safety Assessments, Social Audits of Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Programs, World Bank procurement methods, log frame analysis (LFA), participatory rural appraisal (PRA), Entrepreneurship & Business Counseling, planning, monitoring, evaluation (M&E), gender and financial management & accounting of NGOs.

GASD team is equipped with managerial & communication skills in Corporate Social Responsibility, Health and Safety Assessments, Counseling, Community mobilization, Community organization, Organizational development, Monitoring and evaluation of Projects and programs, Facilitation in establishing institutions, Capacitating multi-stake holders, dissemination of development intervention information and Knowledge management.

Technical Resources - Tools and Manuals:

GASD has enriching updated resources in following topics that can be offered at reasonable service cost;

  • Due diligence for Partner selection
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research methods
  • Manuals/Reference material on Child Rights, Child Participation, Women’s Rights and Gender-based violence.
  • Fair Trade and Organic Certification tools.
  • Social Compliance & Statutory Compliance Assessments.

Services

I. Training and Development:

Global Alliance for Sustainable Development (GASD) facilitates capacity building of CSOs through training and development of their human resources in Communication skills, NGO Management, Logical Framework Analysis (LFA), and other such needs which may help the CSOs to improve the quality of their services and impact.

II. Research and Documentation:

Conduct process documentations in audio- visual, electronic, print and other relevant appropriate suitable media and undertake, conduct various research and documentation in Social Sciences and action based research supported by Government and Non Government agencies globally

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III. Networking and Consortium:

Forge networking alliances or consortium-building with local, national and international development organizations that strive for democratic, secular and non-violent inclusive approach as a means towards attaining of sustainable development goals.

IV. Technological Assistance:

Promote use of modern technology in CSOs through
a. Customized software for Administration, Accounting and Data Management systems of CSOs
b. Website development and maintenance for CSOs

V. Proposal Development:

Develop Proposals for organizations and institutions to facilitate accessing financial support from local and international donors as well as for partnering with Government and International Organization’s programs in the areas of education, watershed development, Water & Sanitation, Health, Environment, Agriculture and Governance.