SMERA Ratings Limited launches a product for the NGO sector. SMERA Ratings Limited launches new 10th year logo.

SMERA Ratings Limited launches a product for the NGO sector.

SMERA Ratings Limited launches new 10th year logo.


10th Sep 2014, Mumbai: On the eve entering the tenth year of its operations, SMERA Ratings Limited announces the launch of its evaluation product for the non-profit sector. The product is a comprehensive assessment of the key risk factors affecting the sustainability and operational viability of the NGO from an independent third party perspective. The evaluation is aimed at improving the visibility for NGOs and enabling decision making for the donor and stakeholder community. Given the limited information availability, extreme fragmentation and lack of reliable comparable data, the sector suffers from low credibility. An independent, meaningful and effective evaluation mechanism can help the non-profit organizations overcome such problems.

SMERA’s maiden NGO evaluation has been performed for an NGO established with an aim to provide dignified livelihood to underprivileged.


Mr. Sankar Chakraborti, CEO SMERA says “Despite the critical role played by these institutions, the NGO sector remains fragmented and suffers from lack of resources on account of lower visibility. There is a great need to strengthen this fragmented sector. With this aim in mind, SMERA has launched its offering for the NGO sector.”

This event also marks the introduction of SMERA’s 10th year logo. The logo (appearing on the top left hand side of this document) is an attempt to showcase SMERA’s contribution towards building trust and credibility of entities in the eyes of the lending and investing community.


SMERA has assigned an NGO grading of ‘NGO 3’ to Srujna Charitable Trust (Srujna). The grading reflects ‘Moderate performance and sustainability’ of the trust.

Srujna founded in 2011, was registered in March 2013 as a charitable trust under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950.


NGO Grading

About SMERA Ratings Limited


SMERA Ratings Limited (formerly SME Rating Agency of India Ltd.) is a joint initiative of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India Private Limited (D&B) and leading public and private sector banks in India. SMERA commenced its operations in 2005 and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) as a Credit Rating Agency.

SMERA Ratings has also received accreditation from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as an External Credit Assessment Institution (ECAI), under BASEL-II norms for undertaking bank loan ratings. SMERA is also empanelled as an approved rating agency by the National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC) under the ‘Performance & Credit Rating Scheme for Small Industries’ approved by the Ministry of Small Scale Industries, Government of India. SMERA, which has its registered and head office in Mumbai, currently operates from 17 locations across the country.

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From L to R: Mr. Sankar Chakraborti, CEO SMERA, Mr. S G Gulati, Chaiman, SMERA, Mr. Kaushal Sampat, CEO & President, Dun & Bradstreet India and Mr. Umesh Nihalani, Head Strategy and New Initiative, SMERA at the launch of SMERA’s NGO Evaluation Product, Mumbai







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