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These institutions serve as an effective vehicle for advocacy at the grass root level for the proper management of various village level institutions such as the Anganwadi centre (the health sub-centre).
Community Organisation with Rights based Approach:
ARD believes in the strong force of the community and lays emphasis on community empowerment and participation. It recognises the right of the state as “service provider” and the role of the community as “service recipient”. ARD makes initial contact with the people organises the community and empowers them through various tools such as information dissemination, capacity building etc such that the people are able to assert their own rights and entitlements.
Emphasis is laid on the three
basic rights for empowerment:
Advocacy and Lobbying:
ARD has been actively engaged in “grass root advocacy” to bring about structural changes in the village-level institutions and their functioning.
Creating self reliant communities:
SHGs act as a vehicle of change whereby economic change is developed within the women, who then bring about social change by inculcating self esteem and self reliance within the group, which further helps them to participate in many political aspects such as effective decision-making in the gram sabha (village-level council) etc and hence help them to become politically empowered.
Documentation of best practices and sharing:
Sharing of the effective documentation also ensures a sound learning platform for other organisations and agencies. ARD also undertakes effective research and various need assessment studies at different levels. In today’s world knowledge is power and knowledge leveraged with effective skill provides a platform for successful implementation.
Partnership and Liasoning with similar and allied institutions (NGOs
and Govt agencies):
ARD has partnered with Society
for Participatory Research in Asia on the issue of political empowerment
of women and leadership development. ARD has also partnered with Gaya
Voluntary forum and with Women Development Corporation (WDC) for women's
Academy of Root Development is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that aims to bring equity and opportunity to rural villages in Bihar, India