As an activist, Praxis engages in participatory action research and shares its knowledge and expertise with other organisations (non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, government departments) while advocating on issues relating to its twin focus areas of equity and governance.
To ensure equity and good governance, Praxis follows participatory methods and approaches to ensure that the poor and marginalised have a say in decision-making processes. Some of the participatory tools used in our projects is listed below. You can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information about these tools or guidance with regard to contextualising them.
COMMUNITY MOBILISATION MONITORING TOOL
The Community Mobilisation Monitoring tool to measure community mobilisation has been evolved by Praxis as part of its association with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahaan Initiative to prevent and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among four communities – female sex workers, transgenders, men who have sex with men and injected drug users.
The tool measures mobilisation among community members to determine the initiative taken by the members themselves to address different areas such as service delivery, access and awareness of rights and entitlements of community members, crisis intervention and interaction with policy framers, government functionaries and civil society. The tool seeks to determine whether the community is ready to take ownership of these aspects and help them evolve the way forward to become self-reliant administratively, financially and in terms of personnel.
SELF ADMINISTRABLE TOOL
The Self Administrable Tools (SAT) are envisaged as a set of tools and processes that strengthen this integral link of community identity and ownership in project cycles that marginalised communities are a part of.
They have been evolved with the objective of enabling community members to develop, own and use monitoring systems that inform them about key parameters and indicators that measure progress in community mobilisation processes for HIV prevention. Using these tools one can locate the action taken by the CBG on community mobilization, with regard to different indicators and parameters, in one of the four bands of performance - Basic, Foundation, Promising and Vibrant.
It further guides the community to take the necessary action to progress from one band to the other.
The tools were evolved through a process of consultation and piloting across 40 CBGs in six states of India. The tools have been constantly improved upon and the present form of the self-administrable tool has been piloted in three CBGs. The SAT is in the form of a standard tool that can be administered by any CBG that works in a Targeted Intervention framework across India.
These tools have their theoretical and methodological rigour borrowed from the Community Mobilisation Monitoring System that Praxis – Institute for Participatory Practices built to monitor community mobilisation for the Avahan II project that is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE EQUITY AUDIT
Inclusive and equitable growth is imperative for the development of rural India. With a majority of people (70%) continuing to live in approximately five lakh hamlets, the focus of the government continues to be on rural development through many flagship schemes.
Village-level public infrastructure assumes a central role in delivering most of the flagship schemes such as the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) targeted public distribution, Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PGSY), National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM), and telecommunication and internet under Bharat Nirman.
The National Infrastructure Equity Audit aims to address issues of exclusion with regard to development indicators and access to infrastructure in five states across the country.
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