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The Transformative Power of Tech Volunteering in Empowering NGOs

Technology empowers Indian NGOs to drive community development initiatives efficiently and innovatively, leveraging digital platforms for transformative collective impact.

Leveraging scalable technology solutions, NGOs are driving community development initiatives with increased efficiency and innovation.Premium
Leveraging scalable technology solutions, NGOs are driving community development initiatives with increased efficiency and innovation.

In recent years, technology has emerged as a powerful tool for Indian NGOs to scale their impact. Leveraging scalable technology solutions, NGOs are driving community development initiatives with increased efficiency and innovation. Digital platforms amplify their reach, optimize internal operations, and foster collaboration, thereby paving the way for transformative collective impact.

In the vibrant landscape of India, synergies of technology and volunteering, have the potential to reshape the narrative of social impact, with a particular focus on using technology for solving complex social problems at scale. This dynamic intersection underscores the transformative potential of tech-driven initiatives in driving positive change, fostering inclusive development, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Being part of the nasscom ecosystem, nasscom foundation, is extremely well-placed to leverage the strengths of the Indian tech industry in an effort to empower the not-for-profit sector. Dedicated to advancing social impact, the foundation recognizes the importance of fostering collaborative ecosystems, where industry can play its part in this transformation. It is towards this goal that tech volunteering emerges as a key route that can help amplify the reach and effectiveness of non-profit initiatives. 

Not only does volunteering help the social sector but it is also proving to be a win-win for companies and employees - often seen as a sound strategic investment for long term growth of the organizational health. By offering purpose, community connection, and a chance to contribute meaningfully, they boost employee engagement, foster pride, and strengthen mental well-being. This camaraderie-building initiative aligns with a company's social responsibility, attracting talent and boosting retention. It's a smart strategy for a positive work culture and a thriving organization. 

As Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, Nasscom Foundation explains, "MyKartavya, nasscom foundation’s volunteering initiative bridges the gap between corporate tech talent and the critical needs of NGOs. By harnessing the power of tech volunteering, we empower NGOs to scale their impact exponentially. Not only that, we are now getting specific requests from the industry to create customized volunteering programs for employees. Imagine a small NGO with a big vision, suddenly equipped with the digital tools and expertise to reach millions. Connecting NGO needs with the right industry mentor, talent, purpose is the key. That's the transformative potential of MyKartavya."

Through innovative programs like MyKartavya, nasscom foundation engages organizations and their employees in contributing to causes close to their heart, using their tech skills in a pro-bono volunteering capacity. Pro-bono volunteering engages organizations and their employees in contributing to causes they are passionate about, utilizing their tech skills. This approach not only fosters employee engagement but also enables impactful social change by leveraging the expertise and resources of technology companies to support NGOs and underserved communities. As a holistic initiative, MyKartavya offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, from specific skill-based tasks to broader community-driven endeavours. 

While the journey of getting corporates in India has been long and dotted with struggles, we have finally started to see an upward curve in making social impact a priority. Not only a priority that is demanded by the employees themselves, but also one that has the corporate leadership's blessings. This rise in tech-driven collaborations highlights a paradigm shift in how organizations are focusing on leveraging employee tech expertise to address pressing social challenges with unprecedented efficiency and innovation. 

The shift in perspective of corporates towards tech volunteering aligns with the evolving landscape of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India. Increasingly, companies are recognizing the value of leveraging their technological expertise and resources to support social causes and drive meaningful impact. Through strategic partnerships with NGOs, corporates are not only contributing financial resources but also offering their employees' skills and knowledge to address pressing societal challenges. The collaborative efforts between corporates and NGOs in India are yielding tangible results in scaling social impact. By harnessing the collective intelligence and technical acumen of volunteers, these partnerships are driving innovative solutions to address issues such as education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and community development. The convergence of corporate expertise with the grassroots knowledge of NGOs is creating a synergy that amplifies the effectiveness of social initiatives and fosters sustainable change at both local and national levels.

CGI, a global leader in IT consulting and services, firmly believes that tech volunteering serves as a catalyst for driving sustainable change within the non-profit sector by fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and resource mobilization.

As expressed by Dr. Rahul Ghodke, Senior Vice President, CGI Global Technology Operations, Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence, "Innovation, guided by a commitment to the environment and social responsibility, has the power to reshape our world. At CGI, corporate social responsibility isn't just a principle—it's integral to our identity. We urge our professionals to join us in addressing sustainability challenges through pro bono engagements, leveraging technology to create lasting solutions. Across the nation, CGI has spearheaded numerous initiatives. Noteworthy among them are the BPAC app, enriching public infrastructure to champion women's safety and empowerment, and InnoBot - a chatbot offering uninterrupted guidance to Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in nurturing innovation 24/7."

Under the MyKartavya corporate volunteering program, InnoBot, built and deployed by professionals at CGI, is set to revolutionize the support provided to Atal Tinkering Labs across the country. By offering round-the-clock assistance and valuable guidance on processes, compliance, procurement, and STEM-related queries, InnoBot aims to enhance the overall experience of schools participating in the Atal Innovation Mission. Its upcoming availability on the AIM website signifies a significant step towards providing efficient problem-solving tools for all 10,000 labs nationwide.

As we navigate the digital age, the role of technology in empowering NGOs and driving social impact in India cannot be overstated. Embracing a culture of tech volunteering is key to fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. Initiatives like the ATLs and the role of tech volunteering exemplify the collaborative spirit that underscores the transformative power of technology in shaping India's social fabric. These efforts not only promote innovation, collaboration, and social responsibility but also highlight the importance of leveraging digital solutions to address complex societal challenges.

In an increasingly interconnected world where digital solutions are essential for tackling pressing issues, CGI advocates for greater recognition of the invaluable contributions of tech volunteers in driving social impact. By embracing a collaborative approach that harnesses technology for good, we pave the way for a more inclusive, sustainable future where NGOs and organizations thrive in their mission to create positive change on a global scale. The convergence of technology, volunteering, and corporate engagement is creating a more connected, empowered, and resilient ecosystem of social impact in India. Through harnessing collective intelligence and innovative potential across sectors, we can drive positive change, foster inclusive development, and build a brighter future for generations to come.

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Published: 08 May 2024, 04:50 PM IST
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