ASSIST Managing Director Speaks at Microsoft’s NGO Connection Day

26 02 2011

ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas Naranayan discusses the merits of eLearning.

Demonstrating how technology can be an effective tool for promoting development, ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan spoke on the merits of eLearning at the NGO Connection Day held last February 24, 2011 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

Organized by Microsoft to forge partnership with the non-profit world and discuss the experiences of NGO software grantees, the event was participated in by 95 representatives from 61 organizations. Presentations discussed how NGOs can benefit from cloud computing for NGOs, Microsoft programs such as Office 2010 and SharePoint, Social Media Strategy, and CRM.

For his part, Narayanan discussed how eLearning can help create the ideal learning experience, where information can be accessed anytime and anywhere, the method is relevant to end user, the pace is adjusted according to the needs of the student, and opportunities are made available for collaborating with peers.

He also debunked the myths that surround eLearning, and explained that the approach is cheaper than classroom training, promotes human interaction and may be implemented easily using templates and with the help of low-cost outsourcing development and hosting service providers. Likewise, he explained that blended learning is fast becoming the standard in the education sector.

In the end, Narayanan showed that eLearning is an ideal technological intervention for education. Through its multiplier effect as well as its ability to scale up the outputs of development effort, it can play a vital role in efforts to achieve sustainability.


ROBUSTPHIL holds Best Practices Forum on Disaster and Crisis Management

17 02 2011

In partnership with TÜV Rheinland, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) ROBUSTPHIL (Resilient Organizations Built for Sustained Transformation of Philippines) organized a Best Practices Forum last February 15, 2011 at the New World Hotel Manila.

 The event served as a venue for selected enterprises to present their experiences, challenges and best practices on disaster and crisis management operations, and was well-attended by representatives from mission critical enterprises which were beneficiaries of the program, as well as guests from the government, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

 Participants include the PNP Civil Security Group, German-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Red Cross and the University of the Philippines. They received an e-learning tool kit as well as a certificate of compliance, which will allow them to propagate the knowledge learned to many others.

 ROBUSTPHIL is a unique Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program jointly developed and funded by DEG of Germany and TUV Rheinland Philippines, Inc. as a concrete step to make mission critical enterprises resilient in the face of calamity threats.

 The PPP recognizes that businesses can suffer greatly with the country’s vulnerability to disasters and catastrophes. Indeed, the Philippines is in the epicenter of natural (earthquake, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, etc.) and man-made disasters, ranking 9 out 229 countries in the Natural Disaster Risk Index for 2010. Citizens can experience prolonged agony when some mission critical enterprises are not able to get back on their feet soon after a calamity.

 To address this issue, 10 selected enterprises were equipped with the know-how on best practices and international standards such as Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Information Security Management System (ISMS) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) for 14 months. The program also provided awareness on disaster and crisis preparedness to various organizations, both public and private.

 Parties interested in obtaining a free copy of the e-learning toolkit may contact Ms. Pinky Villacrusis or Mr. Alexander Go of TÜV Rheinland at 812.8887 or email