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Samuhik Vikas Samiti in urban slums

 
 

Organization : Apnalaya

 
 

Location : Maharashtra

 
 

Project Description

 

Through a four-year cycle the programme will:
Year 1:
1. Identify Grassroots Leaders: Apnalaya focuses on 12 clusters of Shivaji Nagar, made up of 192 lanes, each with 20-50 households. We have identified a need for at least 3 leaders per lane which means a total of 576 volunteers (this allows a buffer for people dropping out of the programme or leaving the community). We have trained 240 adults and still need to train 336 people. In addition, we have also trained 180 youth leaders and will continue to encourage young people to join the programme to support its long-term sustainability.
2. Training Leaders:Leaders are trained using a customised Training Module which includeslife skills, leadership, the Indian Constitution and valuesand governance,delivered using a diverse methodology. The training focuses on the tools needed for civic action, including rights and responsibilities, importance of leadership and collectivization, procedures for applications for civic amenities, filing RTIs etc. We also train volunteers in processes for obtaining documents of proof / identificationwhich are crucial for people to access their rights. We monitor the changes that participants experience in knowledge, attitudes and practices through the training programme.
3. Practical Training and Exposure Visits: Alongside the classroom and activity-based training, the curriculum also has a strong practical focus including undertaking visits to local government offices and introductions to government officials and elected representatives to ensure that the grassroots leaders feel comfortable and are able to navigate the system. We also facilitate initial meetings between community leaders and residents with various government departments to support the building of relationships, trust and confidence. 
4. Handholding Leaders on Advocacy: Once the training is complete leaders are supported to form Civic Action Groups (CAGs), identifying and prioritizing issues, drafting applications and scheduling meetings with government departments when their applications are delayed. Apnalaya staff help in this process of hand holding, which can be very time intensive as it takes time for both sides to become comfortable with dealing with the other directly. 
Year 2: 
1. Selecting CAG members to engage in formal government systems: This will include:
40 leaders from the CAGs to be trained for participation in School Management Committees
20 leaders from the CAGs to be trained for participation in Ward Committees
40 leaders are selected from across the CAGs representing all 12 clusters to form a committee on a specific issue, as a foundation for the formation of a Samoohik Vikas Samiti (SVS). This issue is likely to be something impacting all areas of ME Ward, such as sanitation, and the group will work alongside and build on Apnalaya’s work to date in this area and leverage existing momentum  .
2. Expanding the public sphere: This involves orientation about the issues of ME Ward to a wider audience, including training on Apnalaya’s approach and partnerships with other non-profits, members of the media, concerned citizens and government in order to build a wider consensus for the needed changes in ME Ward and bring a needed range of voices into the discussions and development.
Year 3: 
1. Social and Media Advocacy: Apnalaya will support exposure visits and networking meetings with partner institutions, organizations and concerned citizens to create awareness and a pool of interested people who would like to be associated with the ongoing development of a Samoohik Vikas Samiti (SVS). Media advocacy will also be a key component so we will look to form a network of interested journalists who will ensure media coverage and discussions.
2. Formation of Development Collective or Samoohik Vikas Samiti (SVS): The SVS will bring together the grassroots leaders (CAG members, SMC members, Ward Committee members and others) with the networks of other non-profits media, and civil society members and concerned citizens and link them to the issue specific committee from MEWard. The members will work together to finalise the vision, goal, 3-year strategy, membership rules and guidelines of functioning for the SVS, with Apnalaya playing a facilitating role as needed. The SVS will then increase the scope of its membership by involving local government officials and elected representatives as required to fulfil its agreed goals.
Year 4 and onwards:
1. The SVS will work and leverage using the expertise and sphere of influence of its members to advocate for issues as per the guidelines decided for themselves. Gradually Apnalaya’s role will evolve from facilitator/supporter to purely one of membership, and the SVS will function independently. 
Alongside this work, Apnalaya will continue to pursue an active advocacy agenda on issues relevant to Shivaji Nagar and ME Ward. Apnalaya’s Advocacy Approach works on two levels:
1. Individual / Community Level, where we support CAGs and grassroots leaders to build their advocacy skills and work with the government to prioritise and solve local problems on an individual and community level by working with the Municipal authorities and elected representatives. Examples of these issues include the procurement of ID, sanitation, solid waste management, water and electricity connections etc.
2. Community Infrastructure Level, where we plan more structured campaigns to advocate for structural changes, infrastructure and amenities that will impact the ward as a whole such as secondary schools, maternity homes, numbers of Anganwadis, and provision of services for children with special needs or people with disabilities. These campaigns include media and social campaigns, community awareness raising and direct outreach with ward, city and state level government officials.
All advocacy is community-led, and the CAGs, other groups and, eventually the SVS, will take on an increasingly larger role, with the long-term vision of these community groups running the advocacy agenda at all levels.

Through a four-year cycle the programme will:

 

Year 1:

1. Identify Grassroots Leaders: Apnalaya focuses on 12 clusters of Shivaji Nagar, made up of 192 lanes, each with 20-50 households. We have identified a need for at least 3 leaders per lane which means a total of 576 volunteers (this allows a buffer for people dropping out of the programme or leaving the community). We have trained 240 adults and still need to train 336 people. In addition, we have also trained 180 youth leaders and will continue to encourage young people to join the programme to support its long-term sustainability.

2. Training Leaders: Leaders are trained using a customised Training Module which includeslife skills, leadership, the Indian Constitution and valuesand governance,delivered using a diverse methodology. The training focuses on the tools needed for civic action, including rights and responsibilities, importance of leadership and collectivization, procedures for applications for civic amenities, filing RTIs etc. We also train volunteers in processes for obtaining documents of proof / identificationwhich are crucial for people to access their rights. We monitor the changes that participants experience in knowledge, attitudes and practices through the training programme.

3. Practical Training and Exposure Visits: Alongside the classroom and activity-based training, the curriculum also has a strong practical focus including undertaking visits to local government offices and introductions to government officials and elected representatives to ensure that the grassroots leaders feel comfortable and are able to navigate the system. We also facilitate initial meetings between community leaders and residents with various government departments to support the building of relationships, trust and confidence. 

4. Handholding Leaders on Advocacy: Once the training is complete leaders are supported to form Civic Action Groups (CAGs), identifying and prioritizing issues, drafting applications and scheduling meetings with government departments when their applications are delayed. Apnalaya staff help in this process of hand holding, which can be very time intensive as it takes time for both sides to become comfortable with dealing with the other directly. 


Year 2:

1. Selecting CAG members to engage in formal government systems:

This will include:

40 leaders from the CAGs to be trained for participation in School Management Committees

20 leaders from the CAGs to be trained for participation in Ward Committees

40 leaders are selected from across the CAGs representing all 12 clusters to form a committee on a specific issue, as a foundation for the formation of a Samoohik Vikas Samiti (SVS). This issue is likely to be something impacting all areas of ME Ward, such as sanitation, and the group will work alongside and build on Apnalaya’s work to date in this area and leverage existing momentum.

2. Expanding the public sphere: This involves orientation about the issues of ME Ward to a wider audience, including training on Apnalaya’s approach and partnerships with other non-profits, members of the media, concerned citizens and government in order to build a wider consensus for the needed changes in ME Ward and bring a needed range of voices into the discussions and development.


Year 3: 

1. Social and Media Advocacy: Apnalaya will support exposure visits and networking meetings with partner institutions, organizations and concerned citizens to create awareness and a pool of interested people who would like to be associated with the ongoing development of a Samoohik Vikas Samiti (SVS). Media advocacy will also be a key component so we will look to form a network of interested journalists who will ensure media coverage and discussions.

2. Formation of Development Collective or Samoohik Vikas Samiti (SVS): The SVS will bring together the grassroots leaders (CAG members, SMC members, Ward Committee members and others) with the networks of other non-profits media, and civil society members and concerned citizens and link them to the issue specific committee from MEWard. The members will work together to finalise the vision, goal, 3-year strategy, membership rules and guidelines of functioning for the SVS, with Apnalaya playing a facilitating role as needed. The SVS will then increase the scope of its membership by involving local government officials and elected representatives as required to fulfil its agreed goals.


Year 4 and onwards:

1. The SVS will work and leverage using the expertise and sphere of influence of its members to advocate for issues as per the guidelines decided for themselves. Gradually Apnalaya’s role will evolve from facilitator/supporter to purely one of membership, and the SVS will function independently. 

 

 

Alongside this work, Apnalaya will continue to pursue an active advocacy agenda on issues relevant to Shivaji Nagar and ME Ward. Apnalaya’s Advocacy Approach works on two levels:

1. Individual / Community Level, where we support CAGs and grassroots leaders to build their advocacy skills and work with the government to prioritise and solve local problems on an individual and community level by working with the Municipal authorities and elected representatives. Examples of these issues include the procurement of ID, sanitation, solid waste management, water and electricity connections etc.

2. Community Infrastructure Level, where we plan more structured campaigns to advocate for structural changes, infrastructure and amenities that will impact the ward as a whole such as secondary schools, maternity homes, numbers of Anganwadis, and provision of services for children with special needs or people with disabilities. These campaigns include media and social campaigns, community awareness raising and direct outreach with ward, city and state level government officials.


All advocacy is community-led, and the CAGs, other groups and, eventually the SVS, will take on an increasingly larger role, with the long-term vision of these community groups running the advocacy agenda at all levels.

 
 
 
 

Project Type : CSR

 
 

Special Features of Project

Community empowerment and working with the government does not necessarily lend itself to tangible targets and results and can be challenging to fund. However, Apnalaya has dedicated many years, often with its own limited corpus funds, to developing, evaluating and course-correcting this approach to a point where the core CAG model is demonstrating success and a clear way forward for taking this work to the next stage can be seen.

Community empowerment and working with the government does not necessarily lend itself to tangible targets and results and can be challenging to fund. However, Apnalaya has dedicated many years, often with its own limited corpus funds, to developing, evaluating and course-correcting this approach to a point where the core CAG model is demonstrating success and a clear way forward for taking this work to the next stage can be seen.
 
 

Project Donors and Partners

Multiple donors
 
 
 

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