Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with…. a Single step
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Well Wishers,
Welcome to FMSF!
Tracing back the fascinating journey of FMSF close to three decades is an arduous task. We had a very humble beginning with a limited mandate but a clear vision. The vision of putting the issue of “Accountability” in the center stage of development discourse. As I look back, largely we have been successful.
We were the pioneers in our work as we decided to go on a journey where none had gone before. So, we didn’t have a road map to follow. We, as they say “made the road by walking”. Our journey can be divided into three clear segments. The first segment was the 1st decade, which can be termed as ‘Exploration”. In this period all our energy and effort were focused around creating frameworks, methodologies, implement action research, take partners on board and network with other actors to create the “wind for the sails”. We developed Financial Accountability Framework, Social Accountability Standards, Social Audit Tools and many such other innovative concepts and applications required for creating and demonstrating ‘Accountability’.
Then came the 2nd Decade. A decade of “Consolidation”. In this decade, we focused on digging deeper and work on ‘made easy’ models. The frameworks created in the 1st decade of our work was further developed and simplified. We also went with our tools to the farthest corners, to the weakest, smallest and the least of the actors. We focused on empowerment. Empowering the smaller development entities in order to build a vibrant social sector.
Now, we are in the 3rd Decade and our primary area of intervention is to respond to the changing realities by developing innovative models leveraging technological advancement. What worked yesterday does not work today and what is working today would not work tomorrow. So, basically, we are working on “Expansion” meaning, being future ready and making the sector future ready.
Being an Educational Institution, our focus has been on training and equipping. As we continue to do so, our core areas of intervention remain Financial Management, Governance and Compliances albeit in consonance with the rapidly changing realities our life and time.
We are a small team but our impact has been phenomenal as ‘Together We Matter’