Our strategy is aligned with the intent of SDGs’ in leaving no one behind and consequently will focus and ensure children and women from the most excluded communities (Dalits and Schedule Tribes) who face disproportionate burden due to their social identities are included in our programme strategies. It is in this context, IRCDS along with its partners in collaboration with key government institutions.
Child and women protection mechanisms are being used as a tool provide required information to children in an age & gender appropriate form & method that is accessible and intelligible to them, and thus, provides a vehicle (Children clubs, Women SHGs and Groups of persons with disabilities) through which they are participate in a meaningful way. It is envisaged that public institutions that serve children , women, dalits, tribes, persons with disabilities are responsive and their accountability mechanisms are strengthened and the results are measurable. Investments being made to capacitate key stakeholders to be effective in their roles wherever possible appropriate government resources will be tapped into.
Key lessons/ evidence will be used as a tool for change to feed into policy discourses to reduce gap between policy and implementations. It is aimed lessons learnt and insights gained will be documented for wider sharing of best practices with the relevant Government departments and institutions and with the wider social sector.. Our programs are focusing on social and gender barriers by amplifying children / women/ Persons with disabilities’ voices and play a supplementary role to the government and local governance systems.
This programme will engage with multi- stakeholders at different layers. Government departments will mainly provide resources in order to make the communities improved family income , in good health condition, improved learning and villages’ child friendly. Gender and social inclusion are inbuilt in the whole process of programme design.
Gender: The program intentionally promote gender equality and equity. Working with children provides for an opportunity to promote gender equality at a very young age through appropriate games and simulation exercise and age appropriate reading materials. Children will have some action plans to practice.
Social inclusion: The program is intentional in making a change in dalits and scheduled tribe communities not only by facilitating opportunities but also amplifying voices of the most excluded people.
Disability Inclusion: Persons with Disabilities will be mainstreamed across all interventions.
Our Programs are grouped in to following eight domains based on the issues which are effecting the lives of socially excluded and marginalized communities in Tiruvallur District and neighbouring Districts.