On #WorldNGODay, ILC congratulates FES for being awarded 2017 HCL Grant

Monday, 27th February 2017

Marking #WorldNGODay, the ILC congratulates member organisation Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) for being awarded with the HCL Grant 2017 in the Environment Category. 

The HCL Grant aims to achieve sustainable development of rural communities by supporting NGOs that are doing path-breaking work towards the transformation of rural India. As explained by FES Executive Director Jagdeesh Rao Puppala, "with this prestigious 5 Crore Grant (about 0.75 Million USD), FES will step up efforts aimed at 'Informed Collaborative Action for Resilience of Ecosystems(iCARE)', which will contribute to widespread recognition of Common property regimes and Socio-ecological thinking in ecological governance". 

               FES receives the HCL Grant 2017 in the Environment Category, photo by HCL Grant
                         (FES receives the HCL Grant 2017 in the Environment Category, photo by HCL Grant)

Initiated in 2015 by the HCL Foundation, the HCL Grant is an effort to support the institutionalisation of the Fifth Estate (NGOs) through the creation of strong governance frameworks and management capabilities. This year, the Grant is meant to support NGOs that reach out to marginalised, isolated and underdeveloped rural communities, and achieve sustainable socio-economic development in the areas of Education, Health and Environment. 

"The initiative will strengthen decentralised institutional arrangements and stewardship at Block/landscape level by bringing together village communities, decision makers, academia and civil society organisations, and the innovative use of spatial information systems and technology for improved planning of conservation action and rural development, especially focusing on 6 blocks of 5 states of India", Jagedees Rao says.  

FES is working with governments, research organisations and social movements to help communities across India to restore and secure their land. Its work has been already recently recognized also with the Vodafone Foundation "Mobile for Good Award 2016.

As described in the video below, FES is one of the 550+ organizations who joined Land Rights Now, the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights aimed at doubling the global area of land legally recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2020.   


#WorldNGODay: On February 27th, 1954 the definition of "international NGOs" was introudced for the first time in a resolution by the United Nations. In recognition of the NGOs sector's importance, the World NGO Day Initiative aims at raising "awareness of the many organisations working for good around the globe. A dedicated day for all NGOs to celebrate their achievements, ensuring that also small grassroots organisations gaint the recognition they deserve"

(In the main photo: India Finance Minsiter Araun Jaitley with  the representatives of NGOs awarded with the HCL Grant 2017 at HCL Technologies Complex at Noida (UP). Photo by the official Twitter account of the Ministry of Finance of India