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Poonam Natrajan is new chairman of Credibility Alliance

Sep 24, 2013

Poonam Natrajan took over the chairmanship from Jagdananda, the outgoing Board chairman, during the annual general meeting of the Credibility Alliance.

Poonam Natrajan

New Delhi: Poonam Natrajan took over as the new chairman of Credibility Alliance (CA), an organisation engaged in the task of accrediting organisations working in the voluntary sector. Natrajan has been the chairperson of the National Trust.

Talking about her new role as the chairperson of the Credibility Alliance, Natrajan said it would be a challenging task for her to do justice to the new responsibility. Natarajan said Credibility Alliance is a new idea which is yet to catch up in terms of acceptance on a broader scale.

Natrajan highlighted that growing the CA network and raising funds would be some of the immediate challenges for her.  “From across the regions in the countries we need to get the voluntary organizations to talk about Credibility Alliance,” she said.

Poonam took over as the chairperson as Jagdananda proposed her name and the expressed unanimity on the choice during the annual general meeting of the Credibility Alliance held in New Delhi.

Jagdananda who served as the chairman of the organisation for two consecutive terms said his decision to step down from the chairmanship is in pursuit of the best practices which the organisation is trying to promote in the voluntary sector.

Jagdananda feels that Credibilty Alliance has triggered off a discussion about accountability and transparency in the NGO sector. “The rules of the game are now in place for the voluntary sector. E-learning for the sake of best practices is also in place. What is now required is that more and more organizations should adhere to standardised norms laid by organizations like the Credibility Alliance,” he said.

Jagdananda stressed on the need for spreading the message of accountability to the civil society organizations working across the country. He also urged the government for understand the need of organizations like the Credibility Alliance and appreciate their role for promoting best practices in the field of voluntary organizations.  “The government needs to understand that quality is missing from the NGO sector in India.  Organisations like the Credibility Alliance are doing the yeoman work in separating grain from the chaff,” he said.

S P Selvi, Executive Director of the Credibility Alliance, said visibility of organizations like the CA was the need of the day. Selvi explained how her organisation with the incorporation of standard benchmarks is making the voluntary sector to equip itself for the future needs. “It is my dream to see Indian NGOs accredited,” she said, alluding to the credence the voluntary sector would gain and the possibility of enhancing resources for accredited voluntary organisations.

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