Domain Of Work

Domain Of Work

The agenda of equality has brought into focus the need to search for identity and dignity by all those that experience discrimination, exclusion and marginalization. This realization has resulted in the pursuit to secure rights that are enshrined in all constitutions and in several progressive legislations.

Development and rights-based initiatives, movements and organizations would have to be enabled in theories of change that integrates IDD. HIDF advocates for institutional diversity that nurtures and strengthens an egalitarian, eclectic and inclusive culture. Promotion of diversity in institutions and workplaces entails acceptance and management of diverse perspectives, orientations and behavioural patterns. Enhancement of institutional diversity underlines creativity, play of equalities and democratic cultures. Promoting diversity has become a mandate for modern institutions and more so for stake-holding organizations in the change sector. With its background in organisational change management and leadership development, HIDF services in enhancement of institutional diversity include the following:

  • Helping organizations to construct a theory of change in order to aid their programmatic interventions.
  • Designing and facilitating partners’ need-specific capacity building in aspects such as organisational learning systems and processes, personal growth, leadership building and process facilitation skills
  • Innovative approaches and methodologies that facilitate gender sensitivities, perspectives, enhancing of gender diversity, and gender mainstreaming.
  • Various forms of need based capacity building for women’s leadership for the discriminated Dalits, adivasis, minority communities and others in the margins.
  • Fellowships to individuals who work in the IDD thematic. These fellowships are developed to encourage institutions and individuals to enhance their understanding and deepen HIDF’s work in the sector.

Recent paradigms in leadership embed the connectivity between the self-concept, organizational life and architecture of society and needs therein.  Within this continuum, the entire gamut of conscious and unconscious processes which impact the self, group and society are at play in the enactment of leadership and leadership needs to connect with them. . Leadership is also about competencies in skills and knowledge that range from facilitation and accompaniment to coaching. Above all leadership is about values and ethics that allow leaders to lead by example.  With rapid socio-economic-political changes underway, organizations and movements in civil society are being challenged to reposition themselves to maintain their relevance. As interventions under this thematic area of our work, HIDF offers various services and programmes, some specifically designed for and aimed at senior and second line leadership in organisations:

  • HIDF offers organisational change / accompaniment support to civil society organisations in areas such as developing and strengthening theories of change, mainstreaming gender initiativesand enhancing of organisational diversity agenda. Accompaniment services in other areas of human and institutional development include capacity building of staff, volunteers and community, team building, strengthening HRD systems, improving financial management, good governance, leadership development, etc.
  • HIDF also offers many national level open learning events such as the Organisational Change Facilitation Programme (OCFP), This multi modular program through its blend of theory, experiential learning and strong emphasis on application in work place develops competent organisational change facilitators to act as catalysts and creators of responsive organizations that continuously learn from development practice. OCFP will enable individuals and organizations to creatively engage with change in a planned way in order that organizations remain relevant and effective.
  • Through Group Relations Conferences (GRC), workshops and by using the socio-analysis field, HIDF offers opportunities to leaders for exploration and learning on the unconscious ways by which the hierarchy in the mind contributes to status quo of relationships and work.
  • HIDF also offers short term programmes for senior members of organisations to understand and develop competencies in reading organisations through various lenses, diagnosis and identification of areas of change.

Civil Society Organizations and Institutions are accountable to many stakeholders – foremost to their constituents, then to the State that is closely monitoring their governance and funding partners especially those that bring public funds. Self-regulation has become the foremost pre-requisite. Setting up accountable governance systems includes fiscal discipline and transparency and leadership that set a model of transparent functioning. Above all, good governance is about establishing enabling linkages between programmes, systems and processes and fund management and outcomes. HID Forum offers specific programmes on governance and accountability:

  • Programmes for senior leadership in organisations on setting up accountable governance systems.
  • Board retreats which offer platforms for governing board members to rethink their roles, unpack what direction setting and accountability mean,
  • Specific programmes for board members to deepen their understanding on sponsorship and change.
  • Programmes aimed at sensitising boards on governance and diversity.

New technologies (analog and digital) have been compressing time, allowing for reaching out, availing and accessing what individuals, institutions and nations are seeking. The social sector is challenged to keep pace with social media and in looking for breakthroughs in using it as leverage to fulfil its mandates. Endeavours such as innovative communication through community radio, and documenting experiences in local languages by reference communities have been impactful. Armed with invaluable grassroots experience, civil society organisations could be greatly enabled with innovative methodologies and pedagogy in communication and media.

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