Our development approach
Community-led development in action
Learning from the beneficiaries before entry.
Community Planning, learning from the beneficiaries before entry.
Agro-forestry in motion.
Terracing protects erosion of top soil hence conserving the environment.
Our holistic development approach is such that we empower the self help groups to conserve soil and water leading to an increased water supply and food production. The effect of this is improved income levels and better nutrition standards among the group members’ homesteads. The belief is that conservation leads to sustainable development.
We aim at empowering rather than helping. As such, we work with registered self help groups who have clear set goals and objectives of transforming their lives. To ensure effectiveness and sustainability of our programs, we engage the groups in the making of a five-year strategic plan which gives emphasis on their priorities on matters related to water, food and income generating projects.
Each group is assigned a designated field officer who offers technical advice and support throughout the project implementation period. The communities provide labour, time and local materials, hence developing a sense of ownership over the projects. This goes a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the projects as the members are fully committed to their maintenance.
The kind of development we are doing is driven by the needs of the community, not the needs of the donors or of ASDF.
Andrew Musila Silu, Development Director at ASDF