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Building a brighter future for our children

By Kerry Nutley, HCM Sales Development Director

Save the Children are incredible changemakers, helping children from the most vulnerable sections of society, across the world. In India specifically, they’re taking crucial steps to ensure children can enjoy basic rights, not just surviving but thriving, and being protected from any form of harm. 

The coronavirus pandemic this year has thrown up even greater challenges for tackling the poverty gap – the need for access to basic healthcare, sanitation and education more pressing than ever. 

To provide as much support as possible, especially in times of crisis, it’s crucial systems are joined up. That’s where technology comes in, specifically the cloud – enabling access to the right information, at the right time. Compared to the overall impact of the organisation, what tech it is using may seem like a relatively little thing. But it’s making a huge difference when it comes to getting manpower on the ground quickly. 

Recruiting on the ground talent 

In times of disaster it’s crucial Save the Children can respond quickly and effectively. To do this however requires the right people on the ground. It’s not always the easiest role to recruit for, often requiring the organisation to cultivate workers who typically live out of a backpack, spend long periods of time away from home and are able to work in extremely challenging conditions. 

A cloud-based HR system makes this job far easier. Talent management and recruiting modules provide Save the Children, India with access to a global pool of employee specialists for the organisation’s emergency response force. With Oracle HCM Cloud’s workforce management module in place, the organisation has also been able to record personnel details and performance evaluations, as well as track employees’ vacation and sick time. This enables the HR team to search for the best people with the right skills who are nearby.

As well as this, HCM Cloud has also enabled Save the Children, India to ensure it is compliant, that information is stored confidentially, and that they can track child safeguarding effectively. 

Making the most of resources

The move to the cloud ensures Save the Children, India is using its resources in the most effective way possible. This doesn’t just mean for talent, but also for finance, where agency professionals are using Oracle ERP Cloud for instant access to real-time financial data from all locations. 

Now every grant can be tracked, and expenditures carefully monitored against available funds. This allows Save the Children, India to accurately report to donors “every rupee received and spent by our organisation”, as the organisation’s CEO, Bidisha Pillai puts it. A little bit of money can go a long way. By increasing transparency over odd bits of revenue, the organisation is now able to tap into revenues previously unrealised. This is making all the difference, meaning even more vulnerable children and communities are benefitting from funds to improve their standard of living and life opportunities.

Driving towards continuous improvement 

In the midst of the current crisis, vulnerable children need more support than ever, and Save the Children’s work is crucial. Through the power of technology and the access to information which the cloud brings, this is fuelling more manpower on the ground – increasing the number of volunteers with relevant skills, making the most of grants, and freeing up precious time. Little improvements made in the back office are going a long way. At Oracle, we are proud to be playing even a small part in reaching and helping more children – opening up worlds of opportunity for them and their communities.

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