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ABOUT CIF

Chirag international foundation an inclusive non-profit organization, runs a network of six unique schools and four outreach programs, educating diverse populations of children and young adults; every school caters to a different segment of society. Over the last three decades, SHEF have trained over 100,000 teachers and impacted over 5 million children (predominantly girls from disadvantaged communities) through CIF’s various schools and programs.

Chirag international foundation has been pursuing its mission to provide quality education to underprivileged girls and youth in urban and rural India. Using feminist-based pedagogy, gender sensitization techniques and adolescent empowerment discussions on social issues in the classrooms. SHEF has developed over 2000 content videos covering the state curriculum, special education, digital stories and teacher-training workshops. SHEF keeps the Girl Child and her development at the center of all initiatives, empowers girls through theatre and drama based education to become equal autonomous persons having the right to equal participation in society.

Together, CIF’s units work across the continuum of privileged and marginalized children, demonstrating that its social justice-focused educational model, based on an ethic of care, responds to the full range of challenges children face in building agency and personhood.

CIF’s schools also act as hubs of innovation where new curricula and pedagogies are developed. Once tried and tested, the outreach arm shares and scales these innovations.

*NGO is a broad term encompassing a wide array of diverse organizations. * The World Bank defines NGOs as "private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services or undertake community development". . The World Bank collaborates with CBOs, national and international NGOs in a variety of different ways. * Achieving the full potential benefits of NGO involvement implies enhanced roles for NGOs earlier on in the project cycle.

L.WH IHF W()RLI) BANK WORKS WITH NGOs * NGO involvement can contribute to the sustainability and effectiveness of Bank-financed projects by introducing innovative approaches and promoting community participation. * NGOs can help expand project uptake and reach, and can facilitate greater awareness of diverse stakeholder views.

I.Ho(TvI m WOnRII) B tNk WORIR%IHl NGOs> •NGOs are active contributors to the Bank's economic and sector work (ESW) and participate in lending activities from identification through to evaluation. * Currently, NGO involvement is most frequent during implementation. Evidence shows. however, that NGOs can provide particularly valuable input during project identification and design. • Where NGOs are expected to participate in implementation, they should also be consulted during design

. Identifying an appropriate NGO partner * Selecting an appropriate NGO partner involves: i) gathering information about the NGO sector; ii) establishing relevant selection criteria. and; iii) choosing a suitable selection process. * Clear selection criteria should be established based on specific project needs. * Organizational capacity should be assessed according to an NGO's proven track record, not its stated goals. * It is important to identify 'capacity-building" needs and strategies. * Maximum transparency should be ensured in the selection process.