We manage a variety of development programs in rural communities in India’s South-East regions. All our activities follow a 360° Community Driven Development approach that encourages villagers to engage in their own development process and effect change on multiple levels: social, financial, environmental, physical and psychological. We emphasize the importance of a sense of unity, responsibility and leadership, and equal representation of men and women.
Capacity building is an integral component of SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s 360° Community Driven Development approach. For people to take control over their own development and build their assets, they first must be transformed through attitudinal change, knowledge sharing and skill building. The PDTC was founded in 2002 as an anchor training center to facilitate capacity building for program beneficiaries, community leaders and change agents from local and international NGOs wishing to learn best practices in 360° Community Driven Development. The PDTC’s training modules are based on SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s rich field experience and are designed to remain relevant and dynamic.
Entrepreneurship & CSR
With the understanding that comprehensive and equitable progress can only come about with the active collaboration of multiple groups, Bala Vikasa is in the process of establishing its newest initiative: the Vikasa International Center, to be inaugurated in 2015-16 in Hyderabad, Telangana. The state-of-the-art, international-standard center will facilitate the strengthening of the entrepreneurship sector, specifically social entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises. It will also actively promote business responsibility amongst companies and enable them to engage in meaningful CSR.