Dr Ranjan Solomon is a widely experienced NGO/ecumenical leader with varied experiences in organizational transformation and creating social change through advocacy, communications, and issue education. His main areas of focus in his 40+ years of professional involvements have been on issues of development, justice, peace, and human rights. He also specializes in providing advice and support to organizations working in conflict situations. His consultancy – BADAYL (Arabic for ‘Alternatives’) provides support to Organizational Development processes, Strategic Planning, Re-visioning processes, Organizational and Project Evaluations/Assessments. It also supports organizations to develop Policy papers/Research projects.
Today we face conflicts and crisis that shake the foundational values on which we exist. While we have resources and strategies to deal with multiple complexities and injustice, an alignment is missing between these actions and our values, leading to partial response. In order to ensure a complete and holistic response to problems to create thriving communities with potential leading to social transformation, we need to do the same thing differently. This calls for creating transformation that is large scale and sustainable through generative conversations that enhance well being and equitable development/growth of all. Solutions to the world’s most urgent problems of economics, ecology, and society lie in our capacity to design and implement large scale programs and institutions in a more sustainable and equitable manner. To do this, we must locate new opportunities; integrate short- and long-term thinking and harness knowledge and technology to create new patterns and systems by embodying values and respecting diversity.
Badayl supports social transformation processes designed to unleash the full potential in organizational leaders and to create inspiring leadership models to society by using a holistic methodology and integrated design principles. It offers opportunities to build results/action-based alliances and create paradigmatic shifts.
Principles of Our Work
- YMCA of Argentina – Recognition of services on occasion of Argentina YMCA’s 100th anniversary (1987)
- Peace delegation to the Sri Lanka sponsored by the YMCA of Sri Lanka (1997)
- Cuba YMCA
International Solidarity delegation (1999)
- Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerants – Medal of participation and a paper presented (2004)
- Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats – Services to community (2012)
- National Council of YMCAs of India – For services rendered between 1992-1996
- At 100th anniversary of the YMCA Training Department, India (2013)
- International Committee of NGOs (iCONGO) – Encouraging Citizen Action through the People Sector … (2015) http://www.icongo.in/
Badayl specializes in work on issues of justice, peace, and human rights, and a rights-based approach to economic development. It subscribes to principles of peoples participation in planning, assessments, monitoring, and accountability of development work. It subscribes to the notion that local wisdom is the basis of social resources in strengthening community. It believes that by applying the rules of local wisdom, a community can be resilient and self-directing. It affirms the principle that all community resources belong to the ‘commons’ commons which, in turn implies that the earth and all in it are the holding of resources in common for the common good.
Badayl’s services are multi-disciplinary in scope. Added together with solid experiences in Organizational development, Badayl offers ‘Future Search’ processes that result in Strategic Planning for new organizations and also for those that have accumulated years of experiences but feel compelled to engage in re-envisioning exercises. It has within its fold experts in environment/community resource conservation, gender justice in development, child protection and child rights, advice to small and medium enterprises based on collective ownership models, and creating alternative patterns of tourism that are just, eco-sensitive, child-protective, gender just, and fair to workers. Badayl also offers patterns of programme/project/organizational evaluation processes that shun judgmental approaches and, instead, enable the subject of the programme/project/organization to engage in objective self-analysis/critique based on future planning is done. It assists in developing policy researched policy papers on issues of social consequence.
International Development Training
Badayl Training is set up to respond to the increasing requirement for strengthening and expanding local understanding and technical expertise required for working, managing and supporting international development programmes.
We achieve this by building and strengthening the capacity of the individuals working closely in the Development Sector continues to remain challenging due to the unique methodologies and approaches these Programmes operate by virtue the nature of these Programmes.
Badayl’s Training work with development-oriented organizations seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity required to effectively deliver improved outcomes.
We do this through a variety of training programmes based on best practice and our substantial real-world experience of delivering technical assistance and managing development programmes for over two decades.
Clients will only be organizations/agencies/movements that are committed to social change. They must state a preference for organizational transformation which leads them to be more effective in human rights intervention, taking on justice issues, and positioning themselves on environmental conservation and growth.
Badayl will serve as an internal consultant – someone who operates within an organization when invited on a long-term basis but not for indefinite periods. A maximum term of three months will be the rule. Extensions will be taken up as and when deemed appropriate. But that will be the substance of a new contract or renewal of the existing contract.
All reports for clients will be openly discussed with clients before being submitted to the hiring authority. Depending on the nature of the consulting services and the wishes of the client, the advice from the consultant may be made public, by placing the report or presentation online, or the advice may be kept confidential, and only given to the senior executives of the organization paying for the consulting services.