Strengthening Tibetan Civil Society

Two of Lha Charitable Trust’s staff, Mr Lobsang Rabsel, Deputy Director and Miss Dorji Kyi, Programme Manager, attended a three-day conference Strengthening Tibetan Civil Society at Tarabling, Dehradun from April 7-9.

STCS 1The conference was co-hosted by SOIR-IM, The Tibet Fund and the Tibet Relief Fund. Around 35 representatives from 20 different Tibetan civil society organisations (CSO) and non-government organisations (NGO) gathered for the conference.

STCS 2This conference might be the first and the biggest gathering of Tibetan NGOs in exile and this meeting was a great opportunity for us to know each other better “said Rabsel. “Generally most of the NGO workshops focused on how we can reach and help others, but this conference was more about looking within one’s own organisation to identify our plus points as well as areas of improvement”, he added.

The goal of the conference was to strengthen Tibetan CSOs and NGOs to enable them to understand how they can contribute towards a stronger and more vibrant Tibetan civil society sector working on development issues affecting Tibetans in India and Nepal.

The three-day conference was entirely about identifying and assessing capacity requirements of the attending organisations, and how these can be strengthened. A capacity strengthening initiative was launched during the conference which provided the opportunity for interested organisations to apply for funding and support for subsequent training and capacity building.