DF adopts a programmatic approach a achieve sustainable regional development strategy that pierces across layers of intervention levels (micro to meso to macro… macro to meso to micro) towards the goal of sustainable regional development. The aim of this approach is to build the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to put regional development projects into action. The synergy cretaes far reaching development impacts that are sustainable.
The programmatic approach is implemented in a Cluster of 5-10 NGOs which becomes the most visible representative medium of the programmatic approach. As a Cluster these NGOs come together for shared mission, planning, collective analysis & assessment, and mutual learning. They link with relevant stakeholders and develop strong ownership of the program
The cluster will address the need of a particular geographical area with the support of different stakeholders. In a cluster one partner will be the Lead NGO and others will be cluster partners. The role of a Lead NGO is to coordinate, monitor and evaluate activities of the cluster, and thereby build potential of Clusters. The Cluster establishes and strenghtens klinkages with other stakeholders especially Government which leads to sutainability of program.
Small Grant Project:
These are individual projects, which are innovative in their approach to basic quality education for the marginalized communities in the most remote corners of the states. The lessons learned through these projects are shared with other partners and the respective state governments.
Development Focus understands that in the target areas of its partners the family incomes are very low. This is caused by lack of sustainable livelihood options. It also understands that the area is rich in natural resources and traditional local knowledge and skills which could be effectively used to generate sustainable livelihoods without hampering the ecological balance of the region. To do that Development Focus takes the help of Appropriate Technology based micro enterprises. A Model Village is a place where such micro enterprises based on appropriate technologies are created, incubated and supported until they become profitable. It is a place where there is a visible change in the livelihood pattern and also increased family income could be measured. The hope is that with the increased and sustainable income, the parents would not pull their children out of the school and also be able to provide necessary scholastic requirements for their children without difficulty. They will take pride in their children getting educated.
Forums are state-level association of like-minded organizations working to improve quality education, who are brought together on a common platform to identify local, to help communities and individual organizations in enhancing results and its ability to influence practices and policies in the government through well strategized Lobby and Advocacy. Ultimately the state-level Forums will take over the responsibility of continuing the programmes in the state.