The main development approaches used by the proposed Area Development Program (ADP) are capacity building, social mobilization and advocacy. Existing local human resources (e.g. village development committees, women’s union, and youth union) are used whenever possible. Regular meetings at province, district and village levels are being conducted to ensure that community representatives participate in decision making for all major development interventions. Training of staff and beneficiaries is competence-based, in-service, and followed up by coaching, regular support and supervision.
Instead of being passive recipients of services delivered by the ADP, beneficiaries and partners are encouraged to take a role of responsibility for themselves and their communities in determining the type, quality, quantity, place and focus of development interventions. They are also involved in all stages of Assessment, Design, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation.
The ADP focuses on initiating a problem-solving attitude through community participation, new skills and capacity building. The priority is to create strong local communities to sustained well-being of children within families and communities in target districts, especially the most vulnerable in 24 target villages.