Community engagement is the more proactive approach sits with all Nabad’s Programs and responses. This two ways dialogue develops bottom-up and people centered approach. Community engagement is needed to ensure gender-specific needs are met in relation to provision of services. Different groups are engaged to participate in activities, through adapting outreach strategies for different gender and ages. Through the programs, it helps us ensure our access to accurate and timely information in addition to communities’ feedback at every phase of the project cycle which promotes the accountability.
Strengthening and deepening engagement with communities has emerged as a key title to ensure communication, participation, and community empowerment. The objective of adopting this approach is to enhance the active participation of beneficiaries in activities, promote accountability, support cooperation between crisis-affected communities and Nabad, and finally build trust-bridge for broader concerns and future cooperation.
The community engagement approach increases the self sufficiency of targeted communities by reducing the dependency on humanitarian aid, providing the community with the tools and capacity needed for them to perform the works where applicable, thus increasing their resilience on the long run.
The focus on mobilization and participation inevitably leads to community ownership of the activities. Once ownership is enhanced actions become more sustainable and the beneficiaries are more independent.
Advocacy at Nabad is ensured through research, providing information, mobilizing for a cause, and finally taking action. As part of our advocacy strategy, not only we submit information to bring subjects into attention but also evaluate the following to raise awareness of forgotten crises, present and bring crisis-affected people to the forefront, and help beneficiaries have their humanitarian rights to live with dignity. Advocacy at Nabad focuses on communicating needs with concerned behavior to reach its ultimate goal in empowering affected communities. While advocating Nabad adheres the principles of integrity, accountability, inclusiveness and empowerment. It aims to support, complement, and collaborate to gain support for humanitarian actions. Nabad advocate to enable the people to express their views and concerns, access information and services. Below are some activities that Nabad undertakes to advocate for positive change in the community:
- Organizing meetings with various communities’ members to mobilize their constituencies and build power in their communities.
- Educating the Public about the Legislative Process: Introduce communities and constituencies to the legislators whose represent them and provide them with the opportunity to meet legislators face to face and discuss the issues that affect their everyday lives, not only do legislators receive the tools they need to represent their communities, but those communities are empowered to invest more heavily in the outcomes of policy debates, giving them a stronger hand in their own future.
- Organizing events to raise awareness on specific topic
- Represent the most vulnerable people and make sure that their voices are heard at national and local working groups and advocate to cover their needs.
- Complete assessments and share it with the donor and partners that will promote right based projects and help to change policies and strategies in designing the projects.
Overview of Youth Engagement
Increasingly, key actors in the development community have recognized the importance of meaningful youth engagement in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies that affect them.
What is youth engagement?
“Meaningful youth engagement is an inclusive, intentional, mutually-respectful partnership between youth and adults whereby power is shared, respective contributions are valued, and young people’s ideas, perspectives, skills and strengths are integrated into the design and delivery of programs, strategies, policies, funding mechanisms and organizations that affect their lives and their communities, countries and globally.
Meaningful youth engagement recognizes and seeks to change the power structures that prevent young people from being considered experts in regard to their own needs and priorities, while also building their leadership capacities. Youth includes a full spectrum of the population aged 10-29 regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic identity, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, political affiliation, or physical location.”
Why is youth engagement important?
Evidence has shown that it is beneficial to engage youth in all phases of a program cycle. Involving youth in design, implementation and evaluation activities can lead to more effective and appropriate programming by improving impact, retention and sustainability. In addition, engaging them in various stages of the data collection process can increase their agency while also ensuring the validity of the data collected. Through meaningful engagement, youth are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities. Within the context of programming, active participation by youth in decision-making processes pertaining to the design, provision and delivery of services can help to respond to and meet their needs.
Gender inequality remains an everyday reality for the world’s women and girls. It can begin right at the moment of birth and continue throughout the course of a woman’s life.
Despite critical advances over the course of recent history, women in all countries and across all socioeconomic levels in society can face various forms of unfair treatment, including discrimination, harassment, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Other forms of abuse that are particularly prevalent in certain countries or cultural contexts include forced marriage, honor killings, deprivation of education, denial of land and property rights, and lack of access to work and to health care.
Women may experience human rights abuses at different points in their working lives, including during recruitment, hiring, promotion and termination processes, as well as in daily interactions with colleagues and supervisors.
Outside of the workplace, women are often particularly vulnerable to the social and environmental impacts of business activities. For example, in many developing countries, women and girls are primarily responsible for fetching and hauling water. When company operations contaminate local sources, it is they who carry the burden of walking, often for hours, to the nearest substitute, which can prevent them from working or going to school.
Furthermore, gender equality “refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys. Equality does not mean that women and men will become the same but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female.”