The uniqueness of LIFE Nepal is engaging the communities i.e. support groups in the project cycle management i.e. need assessment, issues prioritization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It believes that the interventions can only succeed when the key stakeholders are engaged in the program since very beginning. The involvement of the community support groups likewise SMC, PTA, VCPC, SCPC at different levels and more importantly local leaders meant that the project has become a community project. The involvement of the community has increased their vigilance in child protection.
Reached to unreached people
To reach the most marginalized community likewise Dalit, Janjati, Madhesi, Muslim, and children, including children with disability and girls, there will be no other choice rather than gender equity and social inclusion-GESI as experience by LIFE. Because people in the society due to social class, structures and culture always neglect these targeted groups. Therefore, LIFE first targets to ensure their participation in each aspect of the program likewise staff selection process, staffing, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. To mainstream them in the program policy and criteria of their participation and representation developed by the program and strictly implemented like at least 50% participation and representation of woman from a gender perspective and 35% participation, representation of marginalized community, i.e. Dalit (18%), Janjati (10%) and Muslim (4%) and people with disability (3%) from the social inclusion perspective. It based on their population and representation in the community.
Networking and partnership
LIFE has taken networking and partnership as the key approach for the success of the program. LIFE believed that the partnership with different like-minded actors having diverse skills and competencies complements the program. More importantly, program interventions require a whole range of skills and competencies. Therefore, LIFE increased the partnership with other significant players, mainly the district line agencies likewise education, health, child protection, administration, women and child development offices, district development committees, NGOs, police and law enforcement officers, the probation and social welfare officers, the parent’s/community members and a wide range of institutional partners at local and district levels.
Local resource mobilization
It is observed that there is a very less participation of targeted group people likewise women, Dalit, Janjati, Madheshi and Muslim both at RM./Municipality and district level planning and decision making processes. While the participation of children and people with disability seem negligible. They are sometimes participating for the formality only. Once they participated, their voices are not heard and plans are not prioritized and reflected in Rural Municipality and DCC level program plan and budget. 35% of the targeted group RM/Municipality budget in reference to local bodies’ resource management and mobilization procedure is not even planned for them and utilized properly. Therefore, LIFE focuses on this area and ensures their active and meaningful participation in planning and decision-making process so that their voices and choices are reflected in RM and DCC level planning and targeted group’s budget should be properly mobilized and utilized.