Approaches and Methods in serving the community

SSUDA will use a combination of the following approaches in implementing programs and serving the community

Capacity building:

SSUDA targets already existing community structures support groups, CBOs and community self-help groups for capacity building. It targets these groups in raising awareness and building capacities on our project themes include conflict mitigation and organizational skills and competencies. Capacity building is also conducted through Education through Listening (ETL) approach. ETL is an innovative behavior change methodology based on motivational interviewing and stages of change and social learning theory. ETL is community engagement technique that is a person centered way of communicating and giving feedback to promote behavior change. This technique is based on a participatory dialogue for increasing a person’s inner motivation to change by exploring and helping them to resolve any mixed feelings, ambivalence, or suffering they may have about adopting a new positive behavior. This approach integrates a number of techniques including training, modeling, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, and technical support.

Economic empowerment:

Enhancing community selfsustainability is one of SSUDA’s key objectives. SSUDA supports target groups especially youth and women to identify appropriate economic-oriented initiatives, develop their agrobusiness management skills and explore cash transfer approach. Currently, there are a number of opportunities for community groups to engage in the micro-enterprise and food security and livelihoods activities.

Developing networks and partnerships:

SSUDA believes that current developmental challenges cannot be effectively addressed singularly by any organization or institution. It seeks to develop strategic partnerships with other non-profit organizations, government agencies, local communities, institutions of higher learning and corporations in crafting solutions for problems facing communities.

Research:

 SSUDA undertakes research and baseline surveys and to inform its interventions in multi-sectoral issues. The research is in most cases done collaboratively with other institutions and findings and recommendations are shared in various fora so that the information is widely available for use by other actors.

Technology integration:

 SSUDA scouts for appropriate and affordable technologies that would enhance living standards and introduces them to communities that it serves.