A new society, Sosva Training and Promotion Institute (STAPI) was set up to promote the voluntary sector and build up human resources through Training, Consultancy, Documentation and Research. Earlier it was part of Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (SOSVA) which was setup by a group of medical professionals as a support organisation for voluntary agencies. SOSVA underwent a major reorganization to enable it to serve the NGO sector more efficiently and operations in different parts of India were transferred to independent societies.
STAPIs wide range of partnerships gives an idea of the high level of credibility it enjoys in the social sector. Some of its partners are: National Rural Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National AIDS Control Organisation, several state level AIDS Control Societies and Ministry of Panchayati Raj. The sectors to which it offers training and other services include Health & Family Welfare, Women & Child Development, Rural Development, Social Welfare, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Micro Finance, HIV/AIDS prevention and dissemination of governance best practices in the NGO sector. It has its own training centre in Pune, which is equipped to train key personnel from NGOs. The well-equipped facilities include hostel accommodation and are available for rent by other organisations and NGOs.
Its package of services includes promotion and expansion of NGOs; project preparation; capacity building; information on funding; match making; helping with the registration process and management training. They also train volunteers keen to help NGOs and provide orientation to government staff so that they accept NGOs as partners in development. Important milestones in FY14 were: 1) STAPIs recognition as a Partner NGO by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs under its CSR Trainings and Gateway Project; 2) Initiating its Project Maharashtra Alliance of Young Adults; 3) Launch of Migrant Project Dosti for 10,000 migrants (loom workers) in Bhiwandi, Thane.
STAPI needs support through funding, donation of equipment and corporates volunteering institutional resources and skills. Donations to STAPI have a multiplier effect, reaching down to the smallest NGO operating in rural and tribal areas. STAPI is affiliated with Credibility Alliance & GuideStar India.