A 360° APPROACH
360° Community Driven Development aims to help poor communities take control of their destinies by building on their assets– creating model communities where everyone –women, men, widows, orphans, children– can live a better life, independent of skill level, cast or religion.
360° Community Driven Development
We strive to get an entire community involved. It may start with a small group, evolving, with time, into vibrant and dynamic community.
All people in the community are the real actors. They build on their existing assets. They contribute their time, money and energy. We help, support and guide.
All activities of the community are covered: income generation, health, education, water, food security, environment, social justice. Our approach is integrated and sustainable.
We share our professional expertise. With new knowledge, skills and a change of attitude, people become agents of change in their communities.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
MODEL COMMUNITIES: A RIPPLE EFECT OF GOOD DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
Over the long-term, the 360° approach results in villages becoming model communities. A “model community” is one where villagers have effected change on multiple levels and where all members enjoy basic human rights and dignity.
We encourage villagers to engage in development work by setting up “development committees.” We emphasize the importance of a sense of unity, responsibility and leadership, and equal representation of men and women. Villagers gather together to elect the committees themselves. Each village will have 6-8 committees comprising 5-7 members, who take on specific projects: Water-Sanitation, Food Security, Education, Health, Clean & Green (Environment), Humanitarian, Youth and an umbrella committee for Village Development. In each of 60 villages, 2,600 women and men have been elected so far as committee members at meetings attended by 13,000 families.
These committees identify their assets and use these strengths, capabilities and talents to initiate projects that will address community issues. Experiencing the beneficial results of their work, these committees become increasingly confident in their ability to effect change; with time, they are able to solve problems independently of any help.
One such example of a Model Community that Bala Vikasa has closely worked with over the last 20 years is Gangadevipally, which has won numerous awards and recently attracted the attention of the national government as an inspiration for its Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (rural development) scheme that was launched in October 2014.