Indian need to scrutinize leadership structures. Instead of a one-man (or woman) show, credible NGOs have boards comprised of all stakeholders donors, government representatives, and targeted beneficiaries – separate from the management. This fosters transparency by providing a system of checks and balances.
Many NGOs in Sirsa, Haryana seem to work in isolation even as they address similar challenges. For instance, almost all NGOs in the region have HIV/AIDs programs. Most also implement water projects. If the NGOs took a coordinated approach they could compensate for shortcomings and avoid duplicating efforts.