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Yonca Even Guggenbuhl
President, Dalyan Foundation

Susanne Grossmann
Managing Director, Dalyan Foundation
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In line with our goal of bringing together for-profit entities and the not-for-profit institutions, we engage in creating innovative platforms for dialogue. With an aim to ensure better understanding of the ground reality, EdelGive Foundation recently launched ‘@ The Same Table’ which is a zero- cost discussion forum for the donor community to mutually choose an issue and deliberate over it. They are also motivated to showcase their successes and share ideas that have helped them to solve issues effectively.

‘@ The Same Table’ is an attempt at debating issues that may seem complex, by bringing together providers and users of resources. The confluence of both is expected to harness a stronger relationship between different stakeholders in the development sector.

1st Edition: 24th August, 2015

The first session of ‘@ The Same Table’ facilitated a discussion on how an efficient Capacity Building Model can be scaled up to provide impetus to development plans in the social sector. To bring clarity to the approach towards capacity building, two case studies were presented, giving way to a dialogue between the NGO representatives and the corporates.

Presenting partners
EdelGive’s Capacity Building model is based on the understanding that beyond financial support, NGOs require expertise and advice on certain operational areas which are critical for achieving overall effectiveness.

In order to provide a continuous and holistic ecosystem support, EdelGive has partnered with ToolBox India who assists our investees by supplying expertise and helps them to refine their processes. Masoom, a Mumbai based NGO was present with us for this session and shared insights on how guidance by ToolBox helped them manage their ‘Night School Transformation Program’ better and eliminate the roadblocks. Another one of our partner NGOs, Rajasthan Shram Sarathi Association (RSSA) based in Udaipur, Rajasthan, was mentored by Nikhil Johari, one of Edelweiss’s senior employees. This was an example of capacity building through our Employee Engagement Programme which helped them sharpen their financial model and represent it in the best possible way.

Highlights of the conversation
The two- hour long discussion gave way to the NGOs and corporates to come to an equal footing and understand each other’s position in the development scenario; the highlight being advantages of establishing sustainable capacity building programmes.

2nd Edition: 22nd November, 2015

The second time the corporates and philanthropists were @ The Same Table was on 22nd November, 2015 during one of EdelGive’s annual event EDGE which has been a journey of collaborative philanthropy with participation from exceptional grassroots organizations, corporates, philanthropists and social development experts.

Highlights of the conversation
The core discussion point this time was the rising need of establishing a strong monitoring and evaluation model in the CSR network. The importance of supporting scaling- up of activities was also touched upon, with reference to capacity building within NGOs.

The working lunch concluded with the participants agreeing upon the need to promote impact evaluation and optimum allocation of funds while deliberating on ways to eliminate the hitches from grant- making process.

3rd Edition: 12th January, 2016

Vulnerable Groups in Criminal Justice: ‘Visibilising the Invisible’ is going to be the topic of discussion in the third session of ‘@ The Same Table’.

Presenting partners:
Tata Trusts and Prayas- A Project of the Centre for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Highlights of the conversation:
This edition brought to the fore some startling statistics and details on the topic and how the funding community can contribute towards organisations working in the area of criminal justice. The statistics presented during the course of the event sparked off an interesting discussion between the participants, regarding the importance of diverting resources and expertise towards vulnerable groups in criminal justice.


4th Edition: 7th July, 2016

The fourth edition of @ The Same Table was held in July 2016. The theme of this event was Water : as a bridge for livelihood.

Presenting partner :

AROEHAN, an EdelGive NGO partner, is an organization working at grassroots level to bring about integrated development.  This is a holistic approach to transforming a geographic area by collectively addressing the issues of health, education, livelihoods and effective governance in tribal communities of Maharashtra. 


Highlights of the conversation:

The discussions of this edition highlighted the pivotal part water plays in the creation of Livelihoods. The role of water as a connector for villages by mobilizing people towards areas with water supply, sparked an extremely important conversation. The ecological benefits such as an increase in soil moisture content, groundwater levels and forest cover were also discussed.

The conversation turned even more interesting with participants engaging in a spirited dialogue on India’s worrying water statistics and sharing best practices in solutions to the water crisis as were observed by them.

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