Testimonials of our Impact
Arghyam is partnering with an external agency, Catalyst Management Services (CMS), who will measure and evaluate the outcomes of the project. The survey has been designed quite elegantly; it’s a neat, tight set of questions focusing on usage. I was impressed with the way in which the FIs, young girls, were able to strike a rapport almost immediately with the respondents. At times when people didn’t understand the question, they were good at explaining the question to the respondent without leading them towards the answer. It’s a difficult yet important job really, going from house to house in the hot sun, asking the same questions over and over again, but they did it cheerfully and enthusiastically
- Radhika Viswanathan
We wanted to write to thank you for being such wonderful hosts during our short stay in Delhi, but more importantly for putting on such an excellent event today. The attendance alone was an incredible feat, and the active and passionate engagement of literally dozens of individuals learning about CEI for the first time was inspiring. Suparna and Vijay found the perfect balance of guiding conversation while leaving most of the talking for our participants to do -- this is a fantastic precedent to set as we build demand-driven networks.
- Molly Jamieson Eberhardt
It was a great learning experience for me where I learnt in a Good work environment. The organization made sure we were comfortable and well cared for in terms of our stay, which made working easier. The flexibility of working from home is a great concept which the organization is having. The best part of our internship was our Reporting Officer who helped me understand the work, plan it properly and we worked well as sounding boards to bounce of ideas which gave us a lot of clarity when it came to the processes and analyses part of the project.
- Isha Dash
The multi-staged recruitment process was extensive in the sense that it gave CMS a good understanding of how I could contribute to their endeavors and fit in the organizational structure. As a potential employee, it also gave me a good overview of how methodical CMS is in going about its job and the rigor I would be expected off at work. The three interviews that I had seemed to focus on particular aspects of me as an individual and a professional which in effect allowed me to look back at myself and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses.
- Lucien Chan
We directly incubate and support ideas, organisations and leaders for a long period of time, sometimes well over a decade, leading to exponential development results.
Some of our synergistic engagements have resulted in development laboratories where our staff converses directly with communities to shape their thinking and skills.
What kinds of ideas?
We incubate ideas till they become realistic development solutions, in the form of concepts, products, models and approaches.
Two prominent examples are the three-fold model (to build wealthy, resilient and responsible farmers), and the i4we model (an exponential primary health care model). We have incubated more than 25 such ideas which have impacted farmers, rural poor, sex workers, women owned businesses, factory workers, bullock cart workers, milk vendors, etc.
What kind of institutions?
We support and promote community-based organisations (like fisherfolk, sex workers, farmers), NGOs (those into service delivery, policy formulation), micro-finance institutions, producer companies and cooperatives.
Some of our incubated ideas have become full-fledged organisations – like Swasti (a health resource centre), and Vrutti (a livelihood resource centre), which operate as our sister organisations, but have grown to be significant development players in their own right.
What kinds of leaders?
Our leaders are people who work in the development sector, and who lead programmes, organisations and networks. They range from community leaders to those with NGOs, government departments,and corporate foundations. Some of these leaders work inside CMS (and the Catalyst group) and some work outside (alumni, clients and partners). Though informal, the combined leadership support in the form of mentoring, coaching, counselling and capacity development have delivered significant results.
How have we helped transform?
We directly and indirectly contribute to significant development outcomes, which are often independently assessed. With the help of committed, confident, capacitated and result-oriented leaders we have:
- Improved scale and reach
- Accelerated impact
- Enhanced viability
- Raised funds
- Facilitated control and ensured independence (over agenda, resources – for community organisations)
- Improved efficiency and effectiveness
- Ensured sustainability
- Helped succeed (agenda, leaders)