My this piece of writing is provoked by the article by Shri Jagdish Bhagwati – “The ‘real’ truth behind Yunus’s Grameen Story” – in ToI, Delhi, 27th March’11.
One very pertinent observation in the article is about success of an NGO, in spite of full control of some kind of statutory regulatory mechanism. The second is about success without any ‘foreign’ aid.
My personal opinion, obviously not that of one who has detailed knowledge of inside working of any NGO, is that unless an NGO is under the control of persons ‘truly dedicated’ to the cause [ alternative hypothesis – run by (so called) professionals], the NGO commences to lose its original direction of purpose sooner in its life time.
In any case, when the organization has rather abundance of resources to achieve its objectivesyaa, the organizations have been observed to lose its long-term competitive survival efficiency and effectiveness.
Extravagant [non-value] operating styles, practices bordering to unethical standards, persona-dominated decision-making practices etc. – all the non-desirables for a long-term (original)-purpose-driven, whether Government or Private Commercial or Non-Profit NGO, set in, leading to the ultimate ruin of the original organization. And, along with that the original philanthropic or business purpose.
What is left out to the society is – both financially and spiritually – corrupt hollow shell, which you are neither not able to throw out nor able to live with.
Without any aspersion to individuals or the organizations or the circumstances, some examples, relevant to the core of my present opinion, come up to mind are: Naranda Bachao Andolan, Sadvichar Parivar, Osho Movement.
Whilst on the subject, one more area which comes up in my continuing thought process is the pitched battles of environmental concerns versus local-natural-resource-based-industrialization. Certainly, both sides have, mostly and many times, valid points of views. It is also becomes a matter of Hobson’s choice – industry can come there only because that is where the natural resource is and if it does, environmental balance as well as very livelihood of the local human and natural populace is going to be adversely affected.
Fortunately, Shri Jayram Ramesh,the present Union Minister in charge of the Ministry concerned with these aspects has all credentials to put The Right Practice of Evaluation in place, for the present as well as for the posterity.
I wish the current generation will be able to write a chapter in the history of industrialization of India which will stand the scrutiny of the future standards.