OUR FOCUS AREAS
Our philosophy is to 'go where others don’t and do what others won’t’.
While our community programs are wide in scope, they all share the same goal: Improving the living conditions of the community at large
Maternal and Child health
Family planning and Reproductive health including HIV education
Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Youth 10-24)
Water, sanitation and Hygiene
Promotion of education at of levels specially for girls
After school programs: tutoring and homework help
Access to educational resources and school materials
Life skills and vocational learning opportunities and mentorship
Women empowerment and gender equality
Civic education and leadership
Disaster Risk Reduction
Employment preparedness and entrepreneurship development
HOW WE WORK
In order to maximise the pertinence and long term impact of our initiatives and to empower our communities, our work is guided by the following set of strategies and approaches.
Research and Learning Exchange
RIGHTS BASED APPROACH
Remodel applies a rights-based approach throughout its work. To say that something is a human right such as Health and Education, is to say that everyone deserves to get it, regardless of who they are, where they live and what they do.
By adopting a rights-based approach that thrives to empower, we consider all community members as ‘rights-holders’ not just beneficiaries. This not only creates a platform for their voices to be heard but also enables them to play a vital and critical role in the development of their community. By doing so REMODEL tries to move away from support and services provision initiatives that are too often based on assumed needs and are implemented without the full consent and involvement of the community at large.
All our actions are developed in accordance to the following four human rights principles:
By Community Engagement we mean collective participation of the community at large. We thrive to empower communities to reflect on and address a wide range of issues, behaviours and decisions that affect their lives by proactively involving all community members and groups. For us, community participation is critical to achieve greater awareness and strengthen the capacity of both “rights holders” and “duty bearers” to assess, analyze, plan, facilitate, implement, monitor and evaluate interventions that will promote the development and participation of all community members.
We believe that social mobilization is a key to engage a wide range of community members, community leaders, civil society and opinion leaders around a common cause or issue. Expanding beyond community engagement as a central focus point, social mobilization reaches out to generate collective action and/or support around a common cause (e.g. immunization or breastfeeding; road safety, sexual education, management of menstruation, end of corporal punishment in school campaigns etc.).
BEHAVIOUR CHANGE COMMUNICATION
Behaviour Change Communication strategy (BCC) lies at the heart of our social mobilisation processes. Addressing individual behaviours, which are shaped by social, cultural, economic and political contexts, requires interactive approaches and mix communication channels in order to encourage and sustain positive and appropriate behaviours. That’s why we use, among other, innovative approaches such as songs, storytelling, peer groups, popular theatres, videos etc.
Sustainable social and behaviour change requires multi-level collaboration, as partnerships yield stronger impacts than isolated efforts. Through alliance-building and partnerships often combined with media campaigns, REMODEL motivates and encourages multiple partners to engage and raise awareness about a specific social issue.
We believe Innovation in our community work is driven by our focus on bottom-up approaches, such as grass-roots innovations and social innovations that all stem from within the community. It is rooted in the perception that the community with its local knowledge is best placed to understand the nature and urgency of the issues it faces. Community-based innovations, are a craddle for the development of new, innovative solutions or to the adaptation of existing solutions to local conditions.
For us, innovation does not just mean new technology. To be truly innovative, an intervention should:
• Solve a real problem in a simple and clear way (be demand-driven)
• Match the scale of the problem it is trying to solve
Community-based innovations are intrinsically connected to the community’s needs and strive to achieve a positive change in the life of its members, particularly the most vulnerable. For us, innovation is about doing development better, using new approaches to generate better, more appropriate solutions and achieve lasting results.
We are putting community members at the heart of our work through design thinking, co-creation, story-telling and other non-traditional approaches and tools, which can all help addressing their development priorities more effectively.
ACTION RESEARCH & LEARNING EXCHANGE
In order to ensure genuine community participation and the appropriateness of our actions, our work is informed and modelled by the principles of the action research approach. Put simply, this approach allows us to ask simple questions: what works – how, when, where, for whom, and with what outcomes. Action research strives to involve all stakeholders – it is participatory and collaborative. Action research was develop and used originally to improve literacy in South America and empower local people to play a leading role in addressing local issues (Freire 1972).
As a data-driven organization, we are rigorously monitoring the effectiveness of every program, project and pilot we implement. The Action Research Evaluation method enables us to continually evaluate our projects and so at all stages of their implementation. This helps us to generate constant feedback and data that allow for changes to be made in our approach throughout the life cycle of a project. This not only helps us to increase our accountability but also allows us to consistently measure the effectiveness of our programs.
Continuous monitoring and evaluation of our work means that we can draw more effectively on our successes and the challenges we face, improving in the process the effectiveness of our actions. We do recognize that some strategies are more successful than others, but for REMODEL, less successful strategies are not to be regarded as failures. Understanding not only what worked, but also what didn’t work, is critical in the production of experiential knowledge . Therefore, we are keen to share our experiences with others.
We believe that training, combined with hands-on opportunities to put learning into practice, provides the richest and most sustainable path to preparing the next generation of community leaders and organizations to face the challenges ahead.
Our local training program which includes short term trainings and workshops, allows us to share our skills and expertise on a variety of relevant topics with our community partners. This creates a valuable dynamic process of learning and knowledge exchange in which our partners learn from us and we learn from them.
We also provide internships, learning and volunteering opportunities for national, regional and international partners.
We use other learning exchange platforms or events such as community gatherings, newsletter, website and social media to share our experience, knowledge, best practices, resources, lessons learned, action and evidence based researches and challenges.