Maidan Summit 2011 - Dinesh Baliga, Skillshare International


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In his presentation at Maidan Summit 2011, Mr Dinesh Baliga voiced his views and work on the inclusion of Adivasis who are often discriminated socially. He spoke about Skillshare’s work in the area of sustainable development in partnership with communities in Africa and Asia by sharing and building skills, and facilitating organisational effectiveness and growth.

He made a special mention to the ‘Hope’ programme, which uses football as a medium to bring awareness on HIV and AIDS and build bridges between people with HIV and those without. He also talked about increasing participation of girls in the programme by using sport-based activities in the community.

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Maidan Summit 2011 - Dinesh Baliga, Skillshare International

  1. 1. Skillshare International December 2, 2011
  2. 2. Top three priorities under IPAP Under the theme of empowerment of Adivasis with a special focus on access to rights and entitlements - the following are the top three priorities under IPAP: - Improving HDI in the context of health and livelihood - Create and strengthen peoples institutions - Building social capital viz. Para legal workers, Village Health Volunteers,
  3. 3. Project Coverage • Project Partners – 13 • States – 7 (Uttarakhand, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu • Districts – 19 • Blocks – 27 • Gram Panchayats – 53 • Villages – 242 • Total Population – 107100 (Male: 53429; Female: 53671) • Dalit – 17995 (Male: 9119; Female: 8876) • Adivasis – 61088 (Male: 30124; Female: 30874) • Muslims – 2217 (Male: 1140; Female: 1077)
  4. 4. Policy Advocacy Initiatives District & Local Level Key issues: • Lack of access to forest rights • Lack of Access to NREGA • Lack of access to basic health care services • Lack of access to safe drinking water, resulting in child morbidity Major Activities: • Train community volunteers (Para legal workers) on FRA • Facilitate formation of Forest Rights Committees • Building capacity of Gram Sabhas • Application for job cards under NREGA and necessary follow-up • Advocating for proper receipt of wages
  5. 5. District & Local Level Major Activities • Providing training to Village Health Volunteers in primary health care, with particular focus on maternal & new born care • Registration of pregnant women under JSY • Registration of Socially excluded communities under RSBY • Immunization • Linking Village Health Volunteers to health departments in respective project areas
  6. 6. District & Local Level Process: Strengthening civil society organizations to conduct policy advocacy involving local community by means of building social capital Significant Achievements: • 5123 households have received land-rights so far out of 8961 submitted • 22755 households have received job cards so far and 701 families got job of more than 90 days last year • 1877 women so far have received the benefits of JSY • Improvement in the status of children’s health in 5700 HHs
  7. 7. State and zonal level Key issues: • High level of maternal and child mortality • Lack of State level data to track implementation of FRA/NREGA • Lack of awareness among government officials regarding existing schemes and programmes Major activities: • State level Adivasi Manch to advocate for tribal rights (particularly in Odisha) • Tracking implementation of FRA & NREGA (in Odisha particularly) • Safe Motherhood Campaign (White Ribbon Alliance) • Advocacy for Disability pension • Advocacy for suitable access to safe drinking water
  8. 8. State & Zonal Level Significant achievements: • Regularity of ASHA workers at local level • Increased number of institutional delivery • Ensuring access to emergency medical services in remote villages(e.g. 108 ambulance to rural areas, palanquins for hilly/difficult to reach locations), Challenges: • Lack of information at State level about the problems of the remote villagers . • Lack of government-community interface Lessons learned: State level advocacy should be followed by central level lobbying for faster results.
  9. 9. National & sub-national level Key issues: • Non implementation of FRA, NREGA, NRHM • Ensuring safe motherhood and child-birth • Ensuring access to national schemes and programmes at local level. Major activities: • Advocacy meeting with NAC member on FRA
  10. 10. Capacity Building • Strengthened 244 socially excluded groups (including SHGs, Cooperatives, Child Clubs etc.) to raise voice against social exclusion and to advocate for their own rights. • Series of training to CBOs on PESA, FRA, NREGA, Cooperative management etc. • All 13 partner organizations have representations from socially excluded communities in their Governing Body. Among them NEWS, Trichy is established, led and managed by the representatives of socially excluded community calle Narikuravas. • 5 development workers placed (3 doctors, 1 nurse and 1 NTFP expert) with CSO partners , have provided regular support towards building capacity . Additionally we have short-term DWs to support partners in Cooperative management , Strengthening CBOs, resource mobilization etc.
  11. 11. MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS Monitoring Mechanism • Regular field visits • Regular interactions with the community volunteers and local leaders. • Meeting with CBOs • Monthly expenditure statements • Quarterly expenditure statements and narrative reporting • Half yearly & annual planning and review meetings with CSO – IPAP Project Coordinators and Accountants. • Monthly reporting by Volunteers (DWs) • Virtual interaction with CSOs – with the CEOs, Project Coordinators and Accountants • Annual Stakeholder workshop where one of the main areas of focus is Stories of Change.
  12. 12. Best practices • Focusing on building social capitals for sustainable development • Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) who are mostly women from socially excluded communities, • Para-legal workers (PLWs), who are youth from socially excluded communities and ensuring youth led development • Engaging local youth in peace building
  13. 13. Best Practices • Facilitating interaction between partners/ SE community with policy makers • Giving visibility to CS partners • Building skills of local youth to become media advocates • Using sports to bring in social change through CFH, where football is used to generate awareness on HIV & AIDS, leading to behavioral and social change
  14. 14. Welcome to Koraput
  15. 15. Joint programming Skillshare International is implementing a Joint Programme in Koraput, Orissa with Save the children through common CSO partner SOVA, by initiating an innovative program ‘Coaching for Hope’ where football is used as a tool for Social Change.
  16. 16. Area 8807 sq km Population 11,77,954 No of sub division 2 No of blocks 14 Gram Panchayats 226 Sex ratio 999 Infant Mortality Rate 72 SOVA Background: Koraput at a glance Over 50% population is Scheduled Tribe 50.66% ST, 13.41% SC, 26% Other 84% families live below the poverty line Literacy rate: 35.72 28th out of 30 in Orissa 81% of the population lives in rural areas About 52% of the population districts are tribal's 72% of house holds are living below poverty line According to a report of State AIDS control society Orissa, “Koraput has, the largest number of HIV infected people among the tribal districts of Orissa”. 1218 are HIV + as per ICTC reports
  17. 17. Migrant work, day labor Growth of industries Talking about sex is taboo National highway hub for truck drivers Low literacy rate Health seeking behaviour Alcoholism Low awareness level High prevalence of TB Lack of information Inaccessible health services Poverty SOVA Background: Koraput vulnerabilities
  18. 18. • “Coaching for Hope” is an innovative initiative launched by Skillshare International for the first time in India in SOVA , Koraput, Orissa in the DFID funded IPAP project under the joint initiative with Save the Children. “Coaching for Hope”
  19. 19. • To disseminate the knowledge on HIV and AIDS among their peer groups through foot ball. • To develop best football coaches among the rural youth. OBJECTIVES
  20. 20. • Selection from 8 villages 15 youths • The inauguration in India and first time in Koraput . • Trained for 7 days by international coaches • International coach Mr. Jacob and Mr. Dan trained them on football and how it links with HIV. •Supported with materials and football kit Workshop 1: HIV/AIDS – the facts Workshop 2: HIV/AIDS – transmission and personal risk Workshop 3: abstinence, be faithful, condom use what is your choice. Workshop 4: using condom correctly and risk situations Workshop 5: condom negotiation Workshop 6: sexually transmitted infections Workshop 7: HIV testing Workshop 8: living positively with HIV/AIDS 1 Selected villages level youth Process
  21. 21. Lesson learnt • Leadership of youth increases when they take more initiative in implementing their own activities. • Football being a very popular game especially among youth it is an effective medium of spreading message on HIV and AIDS through this game. • Developing training materials and football kit for the participants at village level will create interest in learning more about HIV and AIDS. • Students who have dropped out from school if are selected as local coaches it would be more effective, as they will create more rapport in football. • Participation of girls is not there
  22. 22. • 26 No of Workshops have been completed in 4 villages with 4 trained coach in which the y have discriminated knowledge and skills on HIV and football to 86 youths. • 4 Youth clubs have been formed and now they have developed their skill on football and issues related to HIV , child rights and protection. And also taking up issues related to village development. • Youth are mobilizing Condom from govt. Agencies and promoted at village level. • The confidence level among the trained coach have improved, now they are participating in local event of village and district level. Like PARAB, debate etc. Progress till date
  23. 23. Daitari Kuldeep Daitari Kuldeep of Sindhipar (Amlabadi Colony) Damanjodi belongs to a Schedule caste family and is studying +2 ARTS. He belongs to a very poor family. Football is his passion and he love to play football. Football is a very famous game among the youths in his area. He has participated in a few tournaments in his local area, and has a dream to play for India.
  24. 24. • Kuldeep is a very shy person by nature and was very shy of talking to people. Although he had some information about HIV and AIDS, but he had never spoken about it openly. • After being selected for Coaching for Hope program by SOVA he was very happy. He took the training form SOVA by international coaches about foot techniques and how it is linked with HIV. Now his confidence has increased and he is now capable to speak on any issues openly without any fear. • He is now able to speak to his friends and college students about football .Now they go to him to ask for any questions w it is easy to inform the community about HIV and AIDS thon HIV and AIDS. His aim now is to change the life style of the community. Norough football as football is a very interesting game for all. • He now wants to form a football club . • He hopes to play for India. • He is also developing his English speaking skills and also enhancing more skills on control over football
  25. 25. • Presently Kuldeep is conducting the first workshop on the facts on HIV. He has motivated a few friends and they are now interested to know more about football techniques. He conducted all the 8 workshops of coaching for hope program and is also attending different events of the district like PARAB • He is also developing a youth club in his village.
  26. 26. Karmaveer Chakra for Daitari Kudeep • On 27th November 2011, Daitari Kuldeep was felicitated the i-CONGO Karmaveer Chakra for his innovative ways of spreading Awareness of HIV and AIDS in the Community through Football- Coaching for Hope
  27. 27. Daitari Kuldeep with Karmaveer Chakra and Citation
  28. 28. Thank you.