Don Bosco Network - South Asia (DBN-SA) Capacity Building of PDO Executives and Annual General Assembly

Each year, the Annual General Body meeting of BOSCONET (DB Network – South Asia) is preceded by a capacity-building program. This year the theme of the 2-day capacity building initiative was “Leading, Engaging, and Accelerating Development” (LEAD), held on 14 and 15 November 2022 at Don Bosco Media Centre, Manikandam, Trichy. "Leadership skill pertaining to non-profit organization" was the topic on 14 November by Mr. Santiago (Development Consultant) and Mr. John Britto Parisutham (Founder, JOBA/Global Giving Group). On 15 November 2022, in the morning session, Dr. Murugesan, Ph.D. (Prof & Consultant, Govt. Law College, Trichy) enlightened the members on the various labour laws and the important norms to comply with. The afternoon session was online about the recent FCRA, IT, various IT exemption rules, and other associated issues by Dr. M. Kandasami (Chartered Accountant). Mr. Reinhard Heiser (JEW, Austria) enlightened the members about the expectations of standards and quality from the donors’ perspective (online).

Followed by the technical suggestions on assets management shared online by Mr. Sumit Bhatia and Mr. Neeraj Chandan from Macquarie Group, Gurugram.

The Annual General Body meeting was held on the third day, 16 November 2022. After the regular prayer and introduction, the minutes and the status of the tasks of the previous AGB were read by Mr. Louis Manohar (National Coordinator, DBN-SA). Fr. George (Asst. Director, BOSCONET) presented the Annual Report 2021-22. The Executives of the PDOs presented their best practices, success models, and achievements. By 10.45 am, Bro. John Paul Muller, SDB, Economer General, addressed (online) the members about the importance of networking and capacity building as a continuous process. Mrs. Silvia Cromm, Chief Program Officer, DB Mondo, Bonn, and the members had an online interactive discussion and shared and learned the various aspects and challenges of networking and capacity building. Mr. Louis presented the annual plan of BOSCONET DBN-SA for the financial year 2023-24.

Followed by these, the members were engaged in discussions and suggestions by Fr. Santhanam (Director, BOSCONET) on the annual plan, the proposed capacity-building initiatives, various issues pertaining to network meetings, requirements for the projects & reports. The AGM was concluded with a thank note from the members by 4.30 pm.

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