The Civil Society Strengthening Unit of the Tata Trusts was carved out from the Civil Society, Governance and Human Rights portfolio. The unit invests in building institutional strength of civil society organisations to build sustainability and improve programming.
It facilitates the growth of civil society initiatives in the criminal justice sector to work with marginalised people in conflict with law. Working with the Trusts’ partners and associates, the unit identifies needs and strengthens capacities in the areas of finance systems, human resource systems, information management and sustainability planning.
The unit also builds new talent pools for civil society work, facilitating resources to be channeled to under-served themes and regions and for leadership development of social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders. In partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, it works to eliminate inhuman, unsafe and undignified practices in conservancy and sanitation work.
In working with grassroots development organisations over the past decades to implement programmes across various themes and sectors, the Tata Trusts felt that sustained investment in building the human and operational aspects of the organisations could improve their overall programming as well as ensure sustainability in the long run.