Use of local role models
Aasaman Nepal has experienced that there are always some role models in every community. Aasaman Nepal believes that these role models should be utilized at the community level. These role models are very effective in convincing and persuading communities, as communities can relate themselves with local role models. Aasaman therefore intends to make use of local role models in the implementation of project activities. Sharing of experiences with stakeholders and like-minded persons and institutions is carried out on a regular basis at community, VDC and district level. This helps in the dissemination of information and learning from each other.
Bottom up planning
While carrying out planning activities, it is significant to consider not to impose ideas and plans from the top. Efforts are made to involve communities as far as possible in the planning process. Such involvement not only brings about ownership of the activities, but also enhances the capacity of the communities to plan, implement and monitor development activities, contributing to empowerment of the communities. The planning and implementation processes are in line with the spirit of the government’s Local Self-Governance Act, 1999 and all activities of the project are reflected in the respective VDC Plan and District Periodic Plan. School Improvement Plan (SIP) is an integral part of the District Education Plan (DEP) of the District Education Office (DEO).
Partnership and collaboration
Aasaman Nepal builds and nurtures partnership with other institutions for achieving the objectives of the project. It works in close partnership with government institutions and local groups such as political parties, CBOs, local informal groups, teachers’ union and trade union.
Strengthening of government institutions
As stressed earlier, Aasaman Nepal believes that there should be no structures parallel to the government structures for service delivery. Aasaman Nepal therefore concentrates on the capacity building measures of both the service recipients and the providers. School Improvement Plans and community organizations receive support from Aasaman Nepal in this connection. It reviews, plans and monitors project activities together with government institutions and shares the findings and learning at larger forums among NGOs and government institutions.
Community resource mobilization
Aasaman Nepal adopts a two-pronged strategy for resource mobilization. It makes efforts to generate resources at the local level. Local resources such as ponds, barren land and other resources are identified and their potential for local resource generation is examined. The dependency on external agencies is reduced to the extent possible. Aasaman Nepal also directs its efforts towards government agencies with a view to bringing public resources to the community.