Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap

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The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Omidyar Network, undertook a study surveying close to 250 NGO leaders in India. The report was launched on September 06, 2017, and the event was co-hosted by Samhita Social Ventures. Priya Naik, Samhita’s Founder and CEO, moderated a discussion at the event where Luis Miranda, Managing Trustee of CollectiveGood Foundation, was a panelist.

Believed to be the first data-driven study of NGO leadership in the country, the report identified systemic gaps between the sector’s leadership development aspirations and the reality of efforts and investments by both NGOs and funders.It found that 97 percent consider it crucial to engage in leadership development, but many struggle with recruiting, developing, and transitioning leaders. More than 50 percent do not believe that anyone internally could replace their senior-most leader.

The report proposes certain practices to cultivate leadership more systematically. It outlines ways to build a supportive culture and organisation, map leadership development needs, provide development opportunities that emphasize on-the-job learning and set goals and monitor progress.

Read the complete report here.