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Case 4

Title: Social Return on Investment- A case study on the Grain Bank to offset the risk of severe drought conditions in the Malpura Block of Rajasthan –India.

Cecoedecon is a Indian non-profit organisation established in 1982 committed to building the capacity of poor and vulnerable sections of society to effectively and independently claim their rights. The interventions of Cecoedecon extend from building the capacities of partner communities in the state of Rajasthan to lobbying and networking at national and international levels. Since its inception, Cecoedecon has tried and tested various approaches to development emphasising multiple strategies, while working at local, state, national and international levels, to ensure an holistic approach to development that integrates various components of rural development and strengthens community empowerment.

One of the major challenges that Cecoedecon has been facing is to value the impact made by an NGO. As an emerging approach to value the endeavours in a monetary equivalent form, the methodology of Social Return on Invest (SROI) was introduced to Cecoedecon in February 2008 by Context. SROI is a process of understanding, measuring and reporting on the social, environmental and economic results created by organisations or networks. Conventional financial return methods like cost-benefit analysis do not capture the social and environmental benefits of such organisations, whereas SROI recognises their full economic, social and environmental ‘value’. SROI broadens the ‘who’ a return may accrue to and expands the ‘what’ that can be considered part of organisations’ return. Conducting an SROI analysis is a way of making the invisible value of things that are essential to quality of life both visible and measurable – in short, of valuing what matters.

Whereas SROI mainly is being used by social enterprises, it has great potential for the development sector. Cecoedecon has helped to redefine this methodology for this sector based on its field experiences and is now one of the few organisations mainstreaming it to measure the impact of societal change. This case focuses on how SROI can be applied for the development sector and how this can be mainstreamed within an organisation. It also discusses how communities are working directly with SROI for their own purposes.

Case owner/ presenter(s): Mr.Manish Prasad
Country of case study: India
Methodological focus: Social Return on Investment (SROI)

Documentation: SROI case

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  1. May 25, 2010 14:26

    The case was presented by me (Manish Prasad)so please update it. And also send pics if possible.

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