Active participation is promoted through people-centred
programmes. The villagers are actively involved in the programme design
from the time of its conception and planning to its implementation, monitoring
and evaluation. It responds to people's feedback in an appropriate and
feasible manner. The capacity to influence programmes increases villager’s
ownership and responsibility in the programmes. Most village issues are
concerned with all ages and both sexes hence our participatory strategy
addresses men, women, youth and children groups.
Poor and marginalized people have multiple problems and
issues inter-related to each other. Isolated programmes address only one
specific issue in their lives. Although, the different components in our
objectives are presented separately they are all integrated and connected
to each other in a systematic manner. They are interlinked to each other
in the field, in the villages and in the centre. This integration is further
strengthened through strong networking with different departments of the
government and other institutions in the area.
We believe that the participatory and integrated nature
of our programmes increases ownership and stability leading gradually
to sustainability. Nevertheless we realize that sustainability does not
happen spontaneously but calls for participation and integration. Hence
a deliberate attempt is made to enhance the capacity of the people to
run their own programme from the very beginning because the result lies
in the steps of the process.
Our programme emphasis is process oriented rather than result oriented.
The result is successful as each step in the process increases people's
capacity to handle issues as independently as possible. This march towards
sustainability involves great patience, consistency and persistence over
a long period. Drawing out people's potential and nurturing them towards
sustainability takes time.
Sustainability also means leveraging existing under-utilized infrastructure
in the area such as certain banks and government services. Our attempt
is to create links in the gaps that exist between the rural population
and large overwhelming bodies like the government, which often fail to
respond adequately and appropriately to the relevant, realistic needs
and problems of the marginalized community. Our strong network with the
people in the villages and the existing infrastructure facilitates appropriate
bilateral actions on feedback received from either side.
For sustainability to become a reality for the poor and semi-literate
villagers, greater effort is directed towards concurrent capacity building
of the people themselves to tap their own resources within the community.
Identifying and nurturing leadership and good governance forms a part
of our programme.
Networking is done at the grass root level between villages,
panchayats, blocks and district with villagers, government institutions
as well as at the state and national level with various stakeholders on