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Visibility

Visibility is an online platform to connect the actors in the social sector from citizens, beneficiaries, professionals, organizations, and governments to learn, connect and collaborate.

Visibility offers a knowledge center, marketplace to help everyone understand what works and what is needed.

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First Name

Eliana

Last Name

Summer-Galai

LinkedIn URL

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Organization Website

Organization Country

United States, FL, Miami Beach

Country where this project is creating social impact

Israel

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Current annual budget, in US dollars (if your solution is an idea please estimate what your budget will need to be in order to carry out your solution)

$500,001‐1 million

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Visibility

Year founded

2012

Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your solution.

Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Elevator Pitch

Visibility is an online platform to connect the actors in the social sector from citizens, beneficiaries, professionals, organizations, and governments to learn, connect and collaborate.

Visibility offers a knowledge center, marketplace to help everyone understand what works and what is needed.

Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

By sharing information and working together in a better way we could maximize our impact around the world

Problem: What problem is this project trying to solve?

The social sector is fragmented and siloed, meaning that most organizations and individuals are only aware of the communities they interact with- but we are missing the big picture. This becomes an even bigger problem when decision makers are faced with this lack of precise data and statistics.Actors are making decisions with imperfect information and we are wasting valuable resources that should be directed where and when they are needed

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Through the Visibility platform users (individuals, organizations, and projects) can create profiles and start connecting with others.
The platform offers users a variety of tools:

-The Knowledge Center- a place to share lessons learned and best practices

-The Marketplace- where project needs can be meet by the community of users

-Community Pages- connecting actors across sectors, topics, and geographies

-Ratings, reviews and discussions- users will be able to connect directly with organizations and projects to give them feedback on their services

-Evaluation and Metrics- users will be encourage to share their impact evaluations and metrics to encourage users to support them

-Data and Analysis- to drive better decisions

Impact

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Example: Walk us through a specific example of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The impact that will come of out Visibility is varied,and can be measured both in the short and long term.

Short term impact can be seen in the connections made on the platform. Projects that get their needs meet through the platform will be able to continue working on the ground. Supporting users to collaborate will lead to more effective operations that directly effect beneficiaries.

Long term impact will be widespread and high level. By understanding how is working where, how, and what is working and what isn't we will have data to drive decision making. By changing the way the giving community (both individuals and foundations) engage with organizations and projects we will change the accountability and transparency structures.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

Visibility until now has functioned offline, with the team serving as the platform. We have focused on connecting the right individuals to organizations and projects, and supported actors on the ground to get the resources they need to get their jobs done.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

We are starting with a pilot community in Israel, and will then move on to other countries. Once we gain momentum we will approach sectors (i.e. Health, Agriculture) and aim within 3 years to have members from every country in the world, and from all sectors.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We foresee challenges around getting organizations to share lessons learned and various metrics. However since the community will use this transparency as a means to decided where and how to support organizations and projects we believe this incentive will slowly break down the barrier.

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Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Eliana's moment started over a dinner with a colleague who was working on a health project in a country in Africa. The colleague had secured a 40 million dollar grant from a major development agency to work with NGO's in the field on health education. When the colleague asked the donor for a list of NGOs they said it did not exist, and directed her to speak with the local government, who too no idea which NGOs where active in the field.

Eliana had heard similar stories many times, but this was the final straw. How can we truly achieve great impact when we are working in the dark? She decided to change this.

Martin was working closely with NGOs helping them attain needed resources- and saw the need to do it on a larger scale

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

We are partnering with a number of governments and multilateral agencies (currently in mid talks) as well as the leading actors in various sectors and fields. Furthermore we are in discussion with strategic partners who will support and facilitate the interactions made through the platform.

Closing the Loop

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How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Help funders, governments, and other organizations to listen to and act on feedback.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

While we could check most of the options above, the main aspect of Visibility is that it brings together all the actors in the social sector- and encourages them to participate, share knowledge, experiences (both positive and negative) and resources, creating not only the space for an open conversation, but the opportunity for direct participation.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

A number of new organizations that have surfaced over the past few months that are working on similar issues. These organizations are still in very early stages, and offer only part of the functionality offered by Visibility.

We choose to view these organizations as our partners and not our 'competition' and have already reached out to many of them to discus how we can work together and support each other.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English, Spanish, French, Portuguese.

2nd Round Questions

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Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?

The era of "here is our annual report, write me a check" should come to an end.

Visibility was created to break away the communication filters and time lags between whats happening on the ground and the individual that writes a check from home, between the needs of the ultimate beneficiaries and those that have the expertise, goods or time and willingness to help. We provide a platform that allows those on the ground to request exactly what they need and when they need it, so in order to obtain real support in real time basis.

What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

Other

If other, please specify

Provide real support in terms of know how, goods, services or volunteering to the actors on the ground.

What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

SMS, Website, Physical gathering, Other.

If other, please specify

Social Media

Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

We have developed a technology that allows for the creation of communities around a common objective. Organizations, Programs and Individuals populate the communities and share information, best practices thought blogs, postings, polls and other tools.

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

Other

If other, please specify

Both options, to provide feedback anonymously and information is also protected by access levels.

What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

Feedback goes directly to those on the ground and seen by other stakeholders. The community sees the actions taken by projects

How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

Other

If other, please specify

Everyone is equal in our system. All feedback obtains the same level exposure when obtained

What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

Those on the ground receive it directly. All the community's steak holders see it and have the capacity to support it.

How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

Other

If other, please specify

See actual actions taken and performance reports from the programs

How is feedback published/transparent?

On a website

If other, please specify

Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

Visibility was built on actual feedback. The platform was designed to fulfill the market needs that were identified as a result of formal, informal and technical research.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

Developing additional incentives for broader participation

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

Ensuring the quality of the data provided

If other, please specify

Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

No, but I would like to be on it

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?

Accessing experts and people on the ground that are willing to contribute know how and time to projects to make a difference, rather than a high fee.

What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?

What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?

Visibility is a fully transparent system. Feedback providers have the capacity to interact with actors on the ground and discuss the implementation of their feedback.

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Football For Life

'Football For Life' is a landmark charitable grassroots project which brings joy into the lives of disadvantaged children in migrant worker communities in China. FFL provides in-curricula coaching courses delivered by British FA qualified coaches and local assistants in an educational and fun English language environment.

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Section 1: About You

First Name

Rowan

Last Name

Simons

Organization

China ClubFootball FC

Country

China

Section 2: About Your Organization

Organization Name

China ClubFootball FC

Organization Website

Organization Phone

+86 10 51306893

Organization Address

Unit A211, Door 3, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng, Zhaowei Building #51, No.14 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

China

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Football For Life

Country your work focuses on

China

Describe Your Idea

'Football For Life' is a landmark charitable grassroots project which brings joy into the lives of disadvantaged children in migrant worker communities in China. FFL provides in-curricula coaching courses delivered by British FA qualified coaches and local assistants in an educational and fun English language environment.

Innovation

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What makes your idea unique?

Football For Life is unique in several ways. In this competition, we are unique in being the only submission from China, the world’s biggest football nation. Our commitment to community values and the principles of fair play still make us unique in this market today.

FFL is the first time that a registered charity and a community football club have come together in China to provide disadvantaged children with the same high quality experiences enjoyed by more affluent urban kids.

FFL is the first time that ClubFootball’s 90,000+ members and fans (and many more supporters) have had the opportunity to channel charitable contributions directly into football and witness the impact on deserving children in their own communities.

FFL is unique in matching CAI’s network of migrant schools with ClubFootball’s spare coaching capacity. This matching of resources enables us to jointly deliver football courses free to all FFL participants and to start integrating migrant kids groups with the more than 2,000 city registered kids currently playing football at our courses held at nearly 20 locations across Beijing.

At the heart of FFL is the desire to provide positive learning experiences, not just for city and migrant kids, but also for ClubFootball’s international coaches, local staff and volunteers. These innovations make FFL sustainable and scalable directly in line with the growth of football in major cities.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact

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What impact have you had?

FFL kicked off in the first semester of the 2009/10 academic year (autumn/winter) with pilot programs running in Dongba Experimental School. The pilot involved approx. 150 boys and girls.

In Spring 2010, Football For Life expanded to reach a total of 242 kids. Substantial media support has been secured and key sponsors & partners are committed for future seasons.

Feedback

At the outset, being unfamiliar with the game of football, many had expected not to enjoy the activity but were unanimously converted come the end of the course! Aside from bringing happiness to the children, they were particularly grateful for the exercise and the opportunity to play outdoors having previously stayed inside for PE classes.

The activity helped boost confidence, self-esteem and energy levels, as well as giving kids the chance to interact more and form stronger, more compassionate relationships with their peers.

In addition, many of the children also mentioned that taking part in the programs had prompted a love of the game that they could use in their family life and intended to watch televised games with their fathers in future.

FFL also helped break down gender-based barriers amongst girls who previously believed that football was a sport for boys only and who now look forward to playing with a newfound sense of confidence in their abilities.

Problem

There are currently 150-200 million migrant laborers who have moved from the countryside into major cities in China. They must either uproot or leave behind their children. In certain regions, 50% of children have parents working in other provinces.

Migrant children are especially vulnerable to low self-esteem and delinquency. They are also the most at risk from human trafficking. Studies show that a large percentage perform poorly in school, are disenfranchised, and develop behavioral issues due to limited social support, poor economic conditions, lack of familial support and low motivation levels.

Migrant children mostly live outside city centers and frequently move with their parents. They lack stability and suffer from limited access to education and government services. Against this backdrop, recent studies show that youth crime in China is escalating dramatically and gangs are attracting children by providing comfort, structure & a sense of purpose.

Actions

With the project now successfully launched in Beijing, our efforts in 2010 are focused on further evaluating the impact, consolidating our current operations (including dealing with the issue of the fluctuating numbers of students at migrant schools) and, subject to funding, extending Football For Life into more migrant schools to reach more deserving kids.

For that we require support from multiple sources and we are working closely with local government, private companies, non-profit organizations and other community groups to secure in-kind and cash donations and sponsorships. We are also actively seeking grants from charitable foundations.

Our aim is to build Football For Life into the primary vehicle for uniting the incredible power of football at all levels in China and directing those combined efforts directly into delivering practical solutions on the ground in the most deserving communities.

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Results

Feedback From The Children

“This activity makes me happy and gives me confidence and courage in meeting the challenges I will face. I also felt the spirit of team work too! I really like this activity and coaches. Thank you for helping me to find happiness and courage.”

Sun Lan (Grade 7)

“I really liked this activity. It helped me to change a lot of bad habits. Before I did not listen carefully in class, even fell asleep, but now I listen carefully and do not fall asleep anymore. This is how football helped me to change.”

Yang Mengmeng (Grade 5)

“Every time the coaches came to our school, although we did not cheer out loud, I was really excited inside. When they said hello to me, I only replied simply but I was very happy!”

Wang Jiali (Grade 5)

“I will remember forever that I played football with English coaches and shook hands with them when I was in Grade 5”

Wang Lige (Grade 5)

“Before I usually only played with my best friend and sometimes just on my own, so I felt lonely. My classmates always said I was like a sad, old person! But after I took part in this activity, I smile every day."

Tan Dan (Grade 7)

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

2010 – The successful pilot project provides the practical proof of impact required by many major funding bodies. Our primary objective is to ensure the sustainability of the current FFL project in Beijing by establishing minimum annual commitments from our current supporters and by reaching out for further CSR and public affairs contributions from China-based businesses. We need to further improve the donation process to facilitate smaller, individual contributions and we will further develop corporate schemes that better match client budgets and deliver tangible CSR benefits.

2011 – ClubFootball is in the process of securing private backing for the construction of the first dedicated community football center in China. As our flagship charitable project, FFL will be at the core of the fund-raising activities facilitated by the new venue. In addition to providing further high quality capacity for free coaching sessions, the center will also allow us to host special FFL Football Festivals for all participating migrant children and better integrate our migrant kids groups with their city-registered neighbors.

2012 – ClubFootball is exploring options for the extension of its business into further Chinese cities. We commenced commercial community coaching programs at international schools in the city of Tianjin in 2009 and initial FFL fundraising activities started there this year. As these activities and the associated ‘football-friendly’ network grows, we will establish a permanent presence in the city and FFL Tianjin will be our central community commitment.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

With ClubFootball’s coaching capabilities and CAI’s migrant schools network both in place, the major barrier remains the lack of knowledge about this type of community responsibility among local people and the position of many companies which have funds to allocate for similar projects but have yet to recognize Football For Life as a positive force for good within China.

In China, government ownership of sport, restrictions on the activities of charities and NGOs and the failure of the education system to properly value sport in school, all conspire to make it harder to build community sports networks. As indicated by the lack of entries from China for this competition and China's absence from the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals, football here remains isolated from the world at all levels.

As an organization, ClubFootball is dedicated to building the sustainable infrastructure needed for grassroots football to flourish in China and, with FFL, we are further stating that, as grassroots football finally gets going within major cities, the amateur principles of community support must be proudly proclaimed and delivered from Day One. Given China's population, this is the biggest challenge in the world and we will succeed only if more people and organizations come to share this understanding and actively contribute to ensuring that society's most vulnerable members can enjoy and share the same uplifting sports experiences as the most secure.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

In what country?

China

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

China ClubFootball FC Limited

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Chinese Football Association – ClubFootball supports the “Schools Football” program in 44 cities nationwide.

Beijing Olympic City Development Association – ClubFootball is partner to the Olympic legacy organization. We work with Beijing Education Commission, British Council and Premier League to deliver coach training courses.

Nike is a ClubFootball partner and donates footwear and balls for FFL courses.

Digitouch Foto supports FFL with in-kind services, including team photos for all participants.

Leung’s Studio volunteered their skills to help ClubFootball and CAI create the FFL logo.

Grassroots sports and charitable giving both suffer from lack of media exposure and we have cultivated relations with media organizations that share our commitment. Media partners distributing FFL information (press releases, news and features) are:

PR Newswire Asia, Beijing Today, Sohu Sports Broadcasting, Jin magazine, iCUBED.us, Global Times, China Newswire, China CSR

The involvement and support of the above organizations is crucial to bringiing the FFL message to the wider public.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Secure more funding. We know the exact costs and resources needed to deliver each FFL course and we still have potential capacity within our current coaching teams. Unfortunately, there is an almost endless number of migrant children who have no organized sports activities and could benefit from FFL courses.

2. Official recognition. We work closely with government, business, media and communities, but we still need to gain more official recognition for our work from domestic and international football organizations and supporters.

3. English. The English language environment provided by FFL is key to attracting kids, parents and schools and we need to better integrate fun-based language learning and practice into all our courses. We are exploring opportunities to add "English Through Football" materials to the packs supplied to FFL participants.

The Story

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What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

From its inception, ClubFootball has had a very strong community ethic and, in partnership with sponsors including MasterCard and Manchester United FC, we have raised nearly US$100,000 for charities including UNICEF, Red Cross and Huiling since 2004.

While we are proud of these achievements as an example of how social groups can join together for the common good, it became increasingly clear to us that football itself desperately needs support in China and, crucially, that football itself is the best solution for many social challenges addressed by various charities.

Once we identified that our football courses directly address many of the issues being tackled by CAI and other NGOs in migrant worker communities, it was an easy extension for us to move forward together to create a single project that combined those shared objectives and benefits.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

ClubFootball was established by a group of British social entrepreneurs based in China and FFL is just one of the positive results of over 10 years of efforts to instill community sports ethics here.

Chairman Rowan Simons is one of the most respected experts in China’s media industry and a prominent spokesman for the grassroots game. His story of building football in China was told in the book “Bamboo Goalposts” which was shortlisted for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

CEO Keith Bradbury has led our charitable projects since the launch of ClubFootball and he created and now drives forward the FFL project with CAI.

COO David Niven is responsible for building ClubFootball’s junior coaching and league programs and coordinates the schedules of our FFL coaching teams.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Through another organization or company

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

Two separate referrals: Nike China and FA Premier League

ANGELS OF CHANGE: A Positive Deviant/Hearth Approach to Maternal Health

INTRODUCTION

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Section 1: About You

First Name

Kahabi

Last Name

Isangula

Website

Organization

World Vision Tanzania-Lake Zone

Country

Tanzania

Are you an individual between the ages of 18 and 35 who would like to apply for a nine month Young Champions Program mentored by an Ashoka Fellow?

No

Section 2: About Your Organization

Organization Name

World Vision Tanzania-Lake Zone

Organization Website

Organization Phone

+255282762256

Organization Address

P.o.Box 78,Shinyanga,Tanzania

Organization Country

Tanzania

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ANGELS OF CHANGE: A Positive Deviant/Hearth Approach to Maternal Health

Country your work focuses on

Tanzania

Describe Your Idea

INTRODUCTION
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Tanzania is amongst countries with very high number of maternal deaths in the world, the high maternal and newborn mortality constitute a silent emergency in Africa, (WHO, 2004) .Two decades after safe motherhood initiative (SMI); the maternal and perinatal mortality levels have sadly continued to rise instead of declining. Health indicators are not improving which may be attributed by poor quality of health services provided (reproductive and child health survey, 1999; TDHS, 2004/5).Poverty, social exclusion, low levels of education and women violence/abuse are amongst the contributing factors.
ANGELS OF CHANGE
Angels of Change is an entry point to prevent maternal deaths using the Positive Deviant/Hearth Approach. Angels of Change is an Idea of intensive behavior change Intervention targeting Mothers of Childbearing age and Pregnant mothers who at risk of maternal complications. It is derived from the fact that despite of all of the above factors contributing to the high Maternal mortality in Tanzania, one thing is evident, that there are a number of women who has never experienced Pre, intra and post delivery complications within our communities under the same resources, these mothers has been able to explore the environment and make use of the available resources while others are not able to do that, these are the one I call the Positive Deviants or The Angels of Change. Through identifying these Positive Deviant Mothers and Using the Community Based Hearth Session Approach, women of Childbearing age and Pregnant women can be brought together to share the Positive Deviant behaviors practiced by Positive Deviant Mothers. Different issues involving locally-discovered positive deviant practices as well as promote other practices essential to healthy living. Hearth sessions incorporate a number of approaches for behavior change including identification of Angels of change in a community, peer to peer support, Mother Dialogues, counseling, negotiation, Adult learning principles, skills building, motivation through visible practices and Women mobilization. Family planning, prevention of unwanted and high risk pregnancies, ensure skilled care during childbirth; ensure access to quality emergency care when a complication arises are among the topics during Hearth sessions.
It involves learning what these Role Models (Angels of Change) has been doing to promote their socially and communally acceptable behaviors and practices promoting good maternal health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Health care utilization and promoting these practices to be adopted by other mothers. The Hearth part of Angels of Change idea using a PD approach is an intensive behavior change Intervention targeting mothers at risk of maternal Complications.
Sites of implementation including selection of places where majority of Youths are found/lives/work in relatively close proximity, where there are a significant number of risk behaviors.
Angels of Change will be identified though Initial dialogue with respective mother’s groups in a particular community/Institution through peer voting systems especially during antenatal visits. The respective group, guided by Community health workers will anonymously select an Angels of Change with positive deviant behaviors and practices communally acceptable which promotes good maternal health using a special tool. Our Health Volunteer(s) together with the selected Angels of Change will facilitate a mothers Conversation process to discover behaviors and Practices depicted by a selected Role Model and the Group will set up Action Plan. The selected Role Model will trained on facilitation skills and be responsible to conduct Hearth Sessions with Material support provided. She will also be Our contact person in a Particular group observing how peers are adopting her/his practice and behaviors and recommending the way forward. The project will facilitate group meeting at least twice a month and Group learning visits to other successful group with the same socio-economical circumstances. Each group will have a chairperson, Secretary, one Angel of Change and one guardian, teachers/ a community member identified by the group will serve as Guardians. Our Health volunteers will be conducting regular supportive visits to respective group(s) and Provide Monthly report.
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The Positive Deviance (PD) process identifies acceptable, effective and sustainable practices that are already used by at-risk mothers and that do not conflict with local culture. Through learning what their peers with equally limited resources and risk situations are doing to promote maternal Health, Mothers are then empowered through Hearth Sessions to adopt better practices and behaviors even in areas with very limited access to health information and services. It is, in essence, it is a “mop-up” program to eliminate the pool of maternal Complications among women of Childbearing age and Pregnant women , not only through Health Promotion but also by permanent behavior changes which are acceptable by the community and can be carried on to next generation of women.
PD Approach1 has been in Practice for nutrition rehabilitation programs in Vietnam and Rwanda resulting to marked reductions in child malnutrition and improvements in child health within a short period of Time .ITS USE FOR MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES HAS NEVER BEEN DOCUMENTED ANYWHERE,Making it unique. The angels of Change Project will be linked to other health interventions for all women within the target communities if any.
Its is a Programme which is self centered and Communally driven buiding the Capacity of women especially in resource limited areas to be responsible for their health by taking appropriate actions at the right time through guidance of their Positive Deviant Peers leading to improved maternal Health.

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What impact have you had?

PD Approach has been in Practice for nutrition rehabilitation programs in VManonga ADP of World Vision Tanzania resulting to marked reductions in child malnutrition and improvements in child health within a short period of Time .Its our hope that if used in Maternal issues the Result will be overwhelming.

Problem

Tanzania is amongst countries with very high number of maternal deaths in the world, the high maternal and newborn mortality constitute a silent emergency in Africa, (WHO, 2004) .Two decades after safe motherhood initiative (SMI); the maternal and perinatal mortality levels have sadly continued to rise instead of declining. Health indicators are not improving which may be attributed by poor quality of health services provided (reproductive and child health survey, 1999; TDHS, 2004/5).Poverty, social exclusion, low levels of education and women violence/abuse are amongst the contributing factors.
Despite of all of the above factors contributing to the high Maternal mortality ratio in Tanzania, one thing is evedent, that there are a number of women who has never experienced Pre, intra and post delivery complications within our communities under the same resources. Through identifying these Positive Deviant Mothers and Using the Community Based Hearth Session Approach, women of Childbearing age and Pregnant women can be brought together to share the Positive Deviant behaviors practiced by Positive Deviant Mothers.

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FUNDRISING: My organisation is working to look for fundings for this Project
INTERGRATION;We also expect to intergrate the Project in our Current Health Projects
TRAINING: We expect to train more people on Positive Deviance/Hearth Approach to create a Pool of Competent workers

Results

We expect that mother's Capacity on Maternal health issues will be improved by strengtherning Positive behaviors leading to appropriate actions during Pregnancy,Delivery and Post deliverly leading to overall reduction of Maternal deaths

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Training of co worker to create a Pool of Competent workers who will actively implement and Monitor the Angels of Chance Project.We also expect to intergrate it in our current Health Programmes.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Lack of Enough Funding at Inital Stages and lack of commited team playing co workers

How many people will your project serve annually?

Fewer than 100

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

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Idea phase

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Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have a non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have a non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Through expertise exchange and referral support

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

FUNDS
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INDIVIDUAL COMMITMENT

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Mariam(Not her Actual Name) an old lady with Seven children with the Last Born,Nameless dying in early days of her life.Mariam suffered a severe hemmorrhage afterwards,the cause being retained placenta which was very very difficulty to remove.She was brought to the hospital,exahusted and tired,paper white appearance and it was a weekend and a Doctor on Duty was not available in the ward.Luckly enough i was there visiting my wife who has just delivered a baby girl Eileen.After observing that the Doctor on duty was not there then i thought i've to do something to save Mariam's life.I told the nurse,'i'm a Doctor and i think i can help'.At first she didn't agree with me ,she needed to see my ID Card.Unfortunately i didn't have one.I was just Completed internship in Dar Es Salaam and moved to Shinyanga to wait for posting.Unwelcomed by the nurses i just grabed the sterlile gloves and gown from the Nurses hands and rushed to the Bed where Mariam was gasping,after a series of emergency Procedures Mariam became stable,back to life again.....at that point the nurses realized that i was really a medical Doctor.Nearby Mariam there was a Woman Called Fatuma(Not her real name),she knew Mariam of course and they were neighbours to our suprise.She was just delivered a Seventh baby without any Maternal Complications.After talking to her for some time i discovered that she was poor even more than Mariam,then i kept asking myself 'Why people having the same resources,others make good use of them while others are not???.I asked the same question to Fatuma ....to my suprise the practises she explained are those what i currently call Positive Deviant Behaviors.After some time i attended a Positive Deviant/Hearth Training and started offering technical support to one of our Programme area which was implementing the Nutrition Project among Underfives using the PD/Hearth approaches...very successifully.Then i thought the very same idea can pbe used in Maternal health issues ...of course as ANGELS OF CHANGE PROJECT.

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Majority of Programmes aiming at Good Materal Health are always Generalised and institutioanl approaches.However programmes aiming at Buiding Capacities of women to become the Angels of changes for their lives by observing and learning from peers who have the very same resources but having Positive deviant Practices are very few if Any.Angels of Change Projects is a Socially,acceptible and centered Projects which uses socially driven practices which are Positive to build capacity of expectant mothers in Materal Health issues.

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The Voices of Women Organizing Project

The Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW) brings together survivors of domestic violence to improve the systems that abused women and their children turn to for safety and justice. VOW provides training, support and technical assistance so that survivors can reclaim their power, identify their needs and collectively craft public recommendations. VOW members organize to promote long-term systemic change by documenting institutional failures, testifying at hearings, creating position papers and meeting with local and state officials.

Global Educators

Man-making education is a rare and non-existing idea, after Swami Vivekananda's intense teachings around the world. Men and women around the world are grabing information and degrees and do their work for their bread alone. Nobody is interested to teach the poor and the ignorant about the real knowledge to empower himself or herself not only for bread-winning, but an extra-miles going education that can protect him or her from all miseries from outside and also from his or her own inside. This strengtehing of internal man is the most important thing that is required for todays world.

TV & Mobile medias are best

Even a good idea/product should be advertised to the some extent. Then comes to mass application through schools/colleges. In which, around 75% of the humans will attend schools/colleges. So, it is very much necessity to advertise among schools/colleges

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TV & Mobile medias are best

What is your idea? What makes it innovative? Why is it important?

Even a good idea/product should be advertised to the some extent. Then comes to mass application through schools/colleges. In which, around 75% of the humans will attend schools/colleges. So, it is very much necessity to advertise among schools/colleges

Will you launch your idea as a business or non-profit?

Business

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n/a

What will be the impact of your idea? 

big sports festivals like Olympics, World Cup Foot Ball, Wimbledon Tennis or World Cup Cricket, the numbers of viewers are immensely viewing.

Who will help you develop your idea? Why are you the one to make this happen?

I happened to view so much of television news and sports channels. By establishing an environment for social good to occur via television & balance thru mobile phones today, our impact will only increase over time.

How much will it cost to launch your idea? (This can be an estimate)

It will cost around $ 1000 per state in India(29 states). Based on the media we advertise this message it will come down or up. Campaigns are only attracted to limited coverage. But door to door campaign only thru TV/Mobile

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Kitchen Garden

a) Kitchen garden & b)Rain Harvest are to be practiced among group. If a sufficient area is found in a house and they can form a group of 10 to 15 and do this as regular cultivation of fresh veg & greens.

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a) Kitchen garden & b)Rain Harvest are to be practiced among group. If a sufficient area is found in a house and they can form a group of 10 to 15 and do this as regular cultivation of fresh veg & greens.

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The village laborers are involving their most of their time in fighting with each other, communal clashes, sex addiction, drug addiction, used by Political meeting(by giving some amount and one day meals). They are practiced to avail all the benefits on FREE. Hence, they are not ready to do hard work and wanted to earn much profit on a short period. Due to this they are using unwanted chemical manures to spoil the health of humans. The practice of wasting the time by seeing the TV serials, chat with another, etc. will be reduced. They practice to get some self awareness while doing any work on group. Sharing their views on various matters will lead to healthy environment.

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Every person should allot some space or at least plant in mud pots will give strenth to the family members. They can get the fresh vegetables or greens from their kitchen garden itself. Or they can use their neighbour houses for this purpose. In which, the relationship will be developed. The waste water, vegetable wastes are putting as manures for the small plants. Communual violence, idleness, etc. will be reduced. By this formation of Kitchen garden Group, the real economically backward people will benefitted. Helping, compassion, Our future generation (our children) should know the real culture and helping tendency, compassion on fellow humans and the fruit of the Spirit such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Problem

The strength is fresh vegetables. The weakness is regular quantity will not get from kitchen garden(for such option, we can use the fresh veg market). Threat will be coming from big farmers or villagers. Opportunity will be increasing as well as the health of the family members will develop. I am expecting a bright future generation if we use this Kitchen Garden Group.

Actions

The kitchen garden techniq to be adopted as hobby. Physical work may increase health and the concentration on work will give them mental health. This work to be undertaken at least everyday 30 mimutes. In which, the family will get weekly 3 to 4 days or even everyday vegetables.

Results

Self Help Group may be arranged and around 10 to 15 ladies will assemble in a house, where sufficient place is available for planting such kitchen garden veg & greens. The income and expenses may be shared among them. This unity will give them psychological strenth.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

The idel time will be reduced and the practice of FREE to be vanished from the minds of the housewives and idle gents. Regular plantation and understanding will be developed among one another without seeing any caste, creed and colour.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

I believe the most of the village labours are practiced idleness, hence they sit and drink tea shops and arrack(tasmark) shops. Hence, the crimes are increasing. They might be the prevented this and this can be tackled by their wife's and family members. Even drunkards are reducing.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$100 ‐ 1000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

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Operating for less than a year

In what country?

India

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.

How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Yes we three are all practising it in our houses.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Support, campaigns, distribution of seeds, methods to be adopted

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Every Goverment extending so many benefits to the farmers, but actually they beneficiaries are big and corporate farmers.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

M.S.Swaminathan and Isreal scientists who did lot of reveluation in agriculture even in desert.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

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Mother Feeding

Baby food should be with iron, proctein & Vitamin C.
If the pregnant ladies are noted down and properly treated, then most of the Nutrition problem will be solved. In a village of 2000 people mostly around 5 to 10 pregnant women are found. So, it is very much necessity to identify them and give nutritious food of “Chatthu Mavu”, ie. Dhal flour powder (contains nine dhalls).
Alongwith the nutrition flour powder, we must council the ladies for betterment of their mind. The ladies are very fond of goose berry, which is very well available.

Improved Nutrition

Every house should have empty land or roof garden/kichen garden in their houses. The rain water harvest set up should be in the house while optaining registration.
Healthy Food, Healthy Thoughts, Healthy Environment and Faith & Prayer(Meditation/Yoga) will give HEALTHY BODY & MIND and Success in life.

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Not registered

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Improved Nutrition

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India

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Every house should have empty land or roof garden/kichen garden in their houses. The rain water harvest set up should be in the house while optaining registration.
Healthy Food, Healthy Thoughts, Healthy Environment and Faith & Prayer(Meditation/Yoga) will give HEALTHY BODY & MIND and Success in life.

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The villagers have to come directly to the market and sale the vegetables. Proper market to be arranged in every centre of places. Benefits like Free tickets, free watering, free electricity and without rent, etc. to be given to promote village vegetable vendors.
Kitchen garden should be placed in every house on a duty for the community.
Government should monitor and help for roof top garden in order to get fresh vegetables.

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The house keeper works like gardening, house cleaning, vessel cleaning, cloth washing, shopping, etc. to be done by children.
The parents should be their role model (don’t smoke & drink in house before children), since they are our best mimic.
Better to speak frankly about sex when they are adolescence. Otherwise, this will affect their growth as obesity or slant. Physical and mental fitness will affect by sex appetite.
The children are become tention free and less disease free. But the doctor's professtion will suffer to some extent since we are planning to maintaing our body & mind.

Problem

The fresh vegetable should be arranged from nearby villages on reasonable prices to schools with the help of Government.

Actions

Motivate the village land owners to grow vegetables and make an agreement for regular supply.
Meet the government officials to extend the help for free transportation.

Results

Within one year we will see the children are in good health.
The children will motivate their parents and ask them to do kitchen garden in their houses.
Spent their Sunday & holidays with garden.
Let every one should have a empty land in some area to grow trees and vegetables.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

The school & college children will undertake with local people and do the followup work on monthly basis.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

THe school management should meet the government authorities to activate this project.
It is our goal to meet the ladies and make them active by giving home exercises and way to earn money in home. Idleness leads to this evil way. Such counseling should be given from School.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$100 ‐ 1000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?

India

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

No

If yes, provide organization name.

How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

THey are very much co-operative

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Meet the school management,Government officials & Village land owners.

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My child is suffering lack of iron and it leads to so many diseases.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Mother Teresa

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

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SELF HELP

SELF HELP IS THE BEST HELP:
In India, the Women's Self Help Group was formed few years back. They shared everything with one another and get a solution to overcome the problem. But for which, we need to educate and motivate them and lead them in the right way in order to give fruitful result to the society and their family.
The trafickling and elopment is reduced. But the false cases are filled against innocent men. Such exploitation should be avoided. But child labour is increasing, since the mother is busy with SHG. Idleness increase.

Community Mental Health and Development

The program is an effort of BasicNeeds India  to apply a  comprehensive approach to improve the  quality of life for persons suffering from mental illness.The basic belief that every individual,no matter how poor or ill has the capacity to manage his/her life and is entitled to a dignified life.

 

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BasicNeeds India

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91-80 -25450562

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No 114,4th Cross,OMBR layout,Banaswadi,Bangalore 560043

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The program is an effort of BasicNeeds India  to apply a  comprehensive approach to improve the  quality of life for persons suffering from mental illness.The basic belief that every individual,no matter how poor or ill has the capacity to manage his/her life and is entitled to a dignified life. 

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The uniqueness of the idea is in the inclusion of mentally ill people in the development process through existing development agencies , by implementing a model that focuses on development and rights-based approach. Capacity building takes place from people with mental illness (PWMI) upwards to meet the biopsychosocial and economic needs within the community as a matter of right and thus leading to alliance building of PWMI and their supporters.
A key innovative feature is the direct involvement of PWMI and carers in building the Community Mental Health and Development model (CMHD). The innovative idea of PWMI identifying their needs and then set about solving them through their own actions, will go a long way in meeting the needs. PWMI enabled to address their own needs is the key to reducing stigma. CMHD approach helps PWMI move towards economic and social integrity
The emphasis is on building the capacity of PWMI, changing attitudes of community and within the larger health system, promoting better access to services and other development initiatives. Through the delegated partnership framework, including both operational partnerships and resource partners, a basis for delivery is developed, which has a chance of being sustainable as costs are largely borne through the extension and improvement of existing services of the partner organizations and advocating with the government for meeting their needs.

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(i) PWMI: The programme supports around 16,000 PWMI and their families to take part in the development process. The program has enabled many to take charge of their own lives: which essentially means to take part in social functions, to be considered a suitable marriage partner or the right to take part in work or small-scale income generation activities.Encouraging PWMI in raising voices leads to reduction in stigma and helps to address their rights through supportive polices and programmes. Treatment facilities made available locally.

(ii) Partner organisation : the staff are trained and capable of working with PWMI, a directory of professionals for mental health and awareness material has been made available. PWMI along with their supporters (federations) advocate with the authorities for meeting their treatment and other needs. The changes have been sustained by scaling up, withdrawing gradual withdrawing from older organisations, influencing policies, networking and influencing funding/ development agencies and government authorities.
(iv) Community: The stigma attached towards illness has been reduced, locally elected bodies are lobbying and advocating for local access for implementation of District Mental Health Programme(DMHP).

Problem

In India, approximately 1% of the population (10 million people) have major mental illnesses. Another 5% to 10% of the population (50 to 100 million people) have minor mental illnesses. Human resources which include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers and psychiatric nurses are extremely inadequate.In rural areas, the situation is even more grim, with essential resources being much fewer. Women and poorer people face even greater marginalisation than others. Everywhere, myths and stigma associated with mental illnesses come in the way of appropriate understanding and care.
Until recently, the budgetary allocation for mental health is meager and most of it goes towards the maintenance of the mental hospitals, which seems to be the main response of the government to mental health care in the country. This is a crucial time as UNCRPD and 11th Five Year Plan of the Government are bringing a new emphasis to the mental health sector.

Actions

Basic Needs India has been working with PWMI in the rural and urban areas in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu , Orissa, Maharashtra, Bihar and Jharkhand through partnership with NGO’s covering around 16,000 families. Development organisations have been consulted. The field staff have been trained on mental health issues, identifying PWMI in their communities. Negotiating with the authorities for accessing treatment services in the civil hospital, creation of a platform where in the affected people will raise their voices with the authorities and sensitize them to ground realities for the fruitful action. The BNI team visits partner organizations on monthly basis to support the field staff and the organizations in understanding the needs of PWMI and developing strategies to meet their needs.

Results

1. Early identification
2. 20,000 PWMI will be identified at the end of year 1
3. 50% of the identified people will be referred for treatment
4. Inclusion of PWMI in to the self help groups
5. Consultations with PWMI and the caregivers and the community
6. Accessing government programmes
7. Formation of caregivers groups
8. Stabilized people taking up productive activities and in income generation activities
9. Awareness materials produced for community and professionals
10. Reduction of relapse by consistent follow-up visits
11. Early identification of side effects and addressing the same
12. Increasing the involvement of PWMIs in day to day activities of families and communities
13. Increased income of families of mentally ill people
14. Reduced incidence of mentally ill person being addresses as mad, object of teasing, and felt illness as curse
15. Increased opportunity for social interaction in the community
16. Reduced incidence of human rights abuses against PWMI.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year1
• Capacity building of partner organizations on the issues of mental health as well project management and their own main work sustenance
• Affected people and their family members becoming aware of their rights and entitlements.
• Promoting inclusion of person’s with mental illness in development processes by educating them on United Nations Convention on Rights of People Disabilities (UNCRPD).
• Forming and strengthening the groups (affected persons, caregivers supporters etc).
• Lobbying for their entitlements.
• Meaningful implementation of district mental health programme (DMHP) in project areas.
Year 2
• Partners equipped to mobilize required resources from various sources with emphasis on community involvement and participation.
• The groups, mentioned above, working closely with government for effective implementation of existing policies at state and national level.
• Strengthening public health.
• BNI along with its partners would demand government of India to extend DMHP in another 100 districts.
• Network with implementing organizations, resource organizations, mental health professionals to arrive at a minimum programme to demand from the government within the time frame.
Year 3
• Partners should be able to capacitate federations and associations to take up the cause further.
• Systemic change that address the issues of health, economic and other requirements/rights of person’s with mental illness by all relevant departments.
• Community owns growth and development of affected people in their own communities.
• Affected person managing his/her life and contributing to the community in which he or she lives in.
• An environment in which people with mental illness lead a life with dignity and their rights are respected.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Assumed risk factors:
• Lack of political will/ lack of government serious involvement (less budgetary allocation, less training for human resources etc).
• Partner organizations having other existing priorities and this could be a barrier to inclusion of PWMI in their programs.
• As the community mental health and development programme been included in the development activity of the organization, any decline in funds for the main programme would affect the programme.
• Turnover of staff that are trained in mental health work.
• Incidence of relapse can lead to a lack of faith in treatment.
• Need to get support from the existing federations for the advocacy activities.

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

In what country?

India

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

BasicNeeds India

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

BNI is a resource group and provides the initial funding and technical support for the program to various partners.After initial consultation meeting and agreements,mental health activities are incorporated into the partners existing Community Based Rehabilitation programs.

The importance of seeing mental health activity as a part of a bigger program and not a seperate activity on its own goes a long way in inculcating inclusion and mainstreaming.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1.The need to network with like minded organisations ,groups and disability alliances to ground the importance of Community Mental Health.

2.Improve BNI visibility in international forums so that the unique model gains recognition world-wide.

3.Strengthen advocacy and research activities .

The Story

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What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

D.M Naidu(India) and Chris Underhill(UK) are both development practitioners who have vast experience in working with people with disability and other disadvantaged groups in the developing countries for more than two decades.
In 1999, Chris, along with Trustees of World in Need, visited Bangalore to understand the situation of people with mental illness in India. They visited some facilities and met important people involved in the work. In addition they participated in a workshop hosted by The Association of People with Disability (APD) where the need to work with poor mentally ill people, the , a NGO with s, for their overall development clearly emerged.

Naidu formally visited various places working with/for mentally ill people in both North & South India to understand how the ground level realities and challenges in mental health. An advisory group comprising of some senior development practitioners reviewed and guided him along the way.In September 2000 Chris, Naidu and a fellow colleague, Sony George held series of consultations with mentally ill people, their caregivers and staff of CBOs. The ‘voices’ of the participants were the potential seeds initiating the programme. It dispelled the myths and laid a solid foundation for inclusion of people with mental illness into the development process. All the stakeholders sitting in a circle expressed their determination to take the cause further. This new initiative was followed by another series of consultations, Access to treatment, economic independence, social integration, and advocacy surfaced very clearly as basic needs and the vehicle to meet these needs is exercising rights.

The advisory group, along with Naidu, decided to register the organisation. Accordingly BasicNeeds India was registered as a Trust on 22nd March 2001.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

D.M Naidu is a development practitioner. He did his B.Sc in Southern India and later post graduate diploma in Business Administration. For 22 years he worked with Association of People with Disability (APD), involved in education, training and employment of persons with disability both in urban and rural poor. During his tenure with APD he collaborated with various organisations and individuals in addressing the rights of persons with disability. Later he became an Advisor Disability to Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and carried out his work in this capacity for two years.

He is the founder Secretary of Basic Needs India since 2001.. Naidu, along with other interested groups, actively participates in influencing mental health policies both at national and state level.
Chris Underhill is the founder of several charities assisting marginalised peopleHe graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of London and later with an Master of Science in International Policy from the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. The charities that Underhill has founded are Thrive (formerly known as Horticultural Therapy), a UK based charity working with disabled people and medical professionals in horticulture, gardening and agriculture, Action on Disability and Development, a development agency targeting disabled people in the third world, and BasicNeeds, which works with people with mental disorders and their carers in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Sri Lanka. In 1999, he was awarded an MBE for his work with international and UK disability.

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