PMI Bangalore India Chapter has started an initiative to improve the project management skills of those working in the social sector. The chapter conducted two knowledge-sharing workshops in the past six months to create awareness about the criticality of project management tools and techniques to effectively manage social sector programs and achieve sustainable outcomes.

As a first step, the chapter conducted a half-day pilot program, Project Management Fundamentals for Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), on 18 August 2018 to which around 30 participants from 12 NGOs were invited. It covered an overview of project management concepts and a case study presentation.

Encouraged by the feedback, the chapter followed it up with a full-day seminar on 8 December 2018 which was attended by 26 participants from eight NGOs.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) experts – Sampath Kumar, consultant and coach for companies under the Tata Group; Abhishek Rajan, head – CSR, Brillio; and VG Raman from Rotary Club Bangalore West – helped with the content and program structure, and spoke on CSR activities and challenges in operations and funding. The other two speakers were Sujata Sahu and Balakumar Chinnaiyan.

After lunch there was a workshop in which the participants got hands-on experience on preparing a project plan.

The chapter will now be conducting similar workshops for NGOs every quarter.