Local Development (TAMKEEN) - REFORM

Local Development (TAMKEEN)

The TAMKEEN programme operates to empower and enhance the capacity of marginalised groups in order to ensure equal access to opportunities via development processes and public services by strengthening their participation in the public sphere, especially in socio-economic development and decision making processes. REFORM believes that unequal power relations represent the main obstacle hindering marginalised groups from participating in public life. In order to address and overcome this obstacle, we have developed a three-dimensional approach which encompasses the dialectical relationship between target groups’ needs, available opportunities and mechanisms to foster more responsive governing bodies:

  1. Identify the needs of the target group through action-oriented participatory research.
  2. Analyse the social structures that regulate the relationships between various social components in order to define a comprehensive development vision.
  3. Develop appropriate and effective intervention strategies that engender participatory mechanisms and strengthen community ownership of development processes.
  4. Facilitate developmental processes that are responsive to the people’s needs, not only economic aspects but also fostering social mobilisation processes that contribute to the sustainability of economic empowerment; and enhance access of marginalised groups in the hard-to-reach communities to public life through:

A) Building and developing the individual capabilities of women and youth on the levels of the awareness, skills, and supportive tools.

B) Creating a supportive awareness atmosphere that contributes to the sustainability of transforming the power relations between different social groups and develops a value chain enabling the said groups to lead community developmental processes and enhance their ownership for these processes.

            C) Lobbying for sensitised policy change.

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