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Our Approach

We believe in community ownership approach, where we provide technology, innovation and strategy to our partners and stakeholders and implement programs for sustainability. All our approaches are unique – innovative, issues-focused, community-centric - the path to sustainable development through application of technical & managerial knowledge and community involvement. Socio-ecologically adapted grassroots projects focus on area-specific needs and follow the process of community-led development towards creating sustainable impacts and real value change.

Area-specific and localized interventions:

We begin with deep research into the specific area(s), involving communities and other stakeholders in the need assessment process and in project design. The projects are adapted to the ecological and climatic requirements of the area, the interventions are designed with focus on making them sensitive to the local socio-political context, and the content and methods are localised, incorporating local cultural elements.

Alternative technologies, blending traditional and modern:

We work to develop alternative methods such as for delivering education and health services, which would suit the different socio-ecological conditions of the remote regions that we service. Similarly, we modify available technologies (such as for water and energy) to adapt them to the geographical context of the regions we work in, and simplify them to make them suitable for rural application. SPF also has deep value for local, traditional knowledge, and blends these with modern, scientific methods for maximum effectiveness.

Alternative technologies, blending traditional and modern:

We work to develop alternative methods such as for delivering education and health services, which would suit the different socio-ecological conditions of the remote regions that we service. Similarly, we modify available technologies (such as for water and energy) to adapt them to the geographical context of the regions we work in, and simplify them to make them suitable for rural application. SPF also has deep value for local, traditional knowledge, and blends these with modern, scientific methods for maximum effectiveness.

Decentralized delivery methods:

We have adapted our delivery model to the conditions that characterize remote worlds- inaccessibility, sparse populations, inadequate infrastructure. We set up and work through a tiered, hub-and-spoke system, with SPF branches in the nearest urban centre, community-managed resource centres and community resource groups serving village clusters in remote areas, and multiple small facilities (eg, education and health centres) dispersed in needy villages.

Community-managed systems:

SPF uses participatory methods throughout the program life-cycle, and seeks to create self-reliant, community-based development systems. We recognize the accumulation of human capital or knowledge as the key engine of growth for regions. Community organizations are set up and local human capacities are built for managing development. We also mobilize communities for advocacy, giving them a voice in the mainstream politico-administrative processes of the nation.

Phased support:

Development of underserved remote area takes time, and SPF therefore has a long-term engagement with areas it serves. The nature of the support changes over time, beginning with awareness building, building the capacity of the community to self-manage, providing inputs in a phased manner, and shaping a gradual development of the area.

Supporting linkages and facilitating dialogue:

We also work on the State systems at the regional and national levels, to sensitise them on remote areas and communities, and influence a more supportive environment. We facilitate linkages between community groups and various support institutions, the government, and industry. We also promote people-state interfaces to engender a deeper understanding and a spirit of collaboration for development.