The participatory process followed at IIRD, that forges innovative and increasingly complex and wide-ranging formal and informal linkages at the grassroots level, has built trust leading to collective action. This enhances its ability to both empower people and contribute to various alternatives for development.
IIRD actively advocates that the fullest recognition should be given to the enormous contribution that women make to the family, society and development. Our commitment to integrating gender perspectives is reflected in our work plans and budgeting as well as in technical cooperation activities, in the fact that we hold separate meetings with women to build a rapport with them at individual levels. Our efforts have yielded a multitude of economic and social benefits for households and communities emerged, including greater agricultural yield, improved sanitation, improved health and nutrition, and expanded primary school enrollment, especially for girls.
Presence of our field staff and offices ensures regular interaction with the communities. We have increased our “social capital” by providing people with opportunities to build trust in each other and the capacity to work together toward common goals. A constant iteration has been in the form of motivation and awareness camps in areas as diverse as health, sanitation and entrepreneurship. And, our professionals, guided by market and industry experts, make sure that we provide high quality services. Updated communication facilities in our field offices enable us to deliver to the very core.
Networking and Linkages
Strengthening linkages and building partnership between private and public sectors is a viable way of promoting local governance. Exploring and making use of synergic effects of cooperation has proven a good strategy in the field of cluster development and is an applicable approach also for other types of project. IIRD has facilitated close cooperation among beneficiaries as well as between beneficiaries and relevant institutions, by acting as a bridge, providing technical assistance and by creating a common arena to share knowledge and build trust.