SPC Kolkata 2018
The Social Priority Colloquium (SPC) is a platform for connecting innovative ideas of NGOs and Social Entrepreneurs to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. It is a collaborative initiative of SOCEO, ChildFund Germany and ChildFund India, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and Senior Expert Service. This year’s main focus and theme was Livelihood & Environment. Sustainability, particularly bearing on the holistic development of future generations, featured as the core criterion for selecting project ideas.
In order to offer innovative ideas and to ensure high quality projects, the first four weeks of the SPC were a period of intense selection, training and mentoring for participating NGOs and Social Enterprises starting on 8th of January. The activities in this period aimed to enhance the capabilities of small-medium NGOs and Social Enterprises for developing innovative and creative solutions to pressing local issues.
Subsequently, on 8th of February Social Priority Colloquium was inaugurated by Dr. Feiner, Consul General of the German Consulate in Kolkata, Mr. Ziegler, CEO of ChildFund Germany and Mr. Chattjerjee, Managing Director of SOCEO. Afterwards, Dr. Nagel and Mr. Basu, who had counselled participating NGOs amongst others, gave a short report of the first phase of SPC. Consequently, the NGOs and Social Enterprises presented their projects to invited representatives of CSR initiatives and other development agencies. Following the presentations, invited guests were asked to present their respective CSR or funding policies, activities and expectations. Feedbacks were given by representatives of Tata Consulting Service, Narayana Health, EDUCO, Save The Children, Oak Foundation, OXFAM India, CRY, Terre des Hommes – Suisse, Magma Foundation and Trickle Up.
The event ended with an open session among all attendees during which the participating organisations got the possibility to interact with each other in order to identify or potential partners for future development collaborations.