WHAT WE DO

We work to ensure vulnerable families have access to a living income. To achieve this, our work spans across 4 areas in Sri Lanka and broader South East Asia.

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Vulnerability Programmes

We work with vulnerable families that face poverty or discrimination that they are unable to enter profitable market systems. A vulnerability reduction focus, this work is focused on completing our mandate that no one is left out.

Village2Markets

We work in the heart of rural villages through our flagship programme, working holistically with vulnerable villages over a five-year period to address all the market and non-market barriers that that keep their villages disconnected from profitable markets and families in a cycle of economic exclusion.

Last Mile Economic Development

We work with farmers, their communities and market actors to identify opportunities that deliver living incomes, creating solutions to local challenges that are designed to build inclusive, resilient economies.

Expertise4 Impact

We find meaningful ways to Share and Contribute to the global problem of economic exclusion. This has and continues to take the form of technical advisory work, research and other opportunities for sharing.

HOW WE WORK

Where possible, we take a systems approach in our we work.

What this means is that we look problems holistically and seek to understand their root causes, and we address the part of the system we believe we can influence, by working with others who will continue to work long after we are gone, to create lasting change.

HOW OUR PROGRAMMES

WORK TOGETHER FOR SCALE

When you address a system failure, the potential to scale is far reaching.

Vulnerability Programmes

Impacting 100s

We work  to address deep vulnerability issues, focusing on those unable to eat regularly or suffer deep vulnerabilities

Village2Markets

Impacting 1,000s

We work  to address market and non-market barriers that prevent villages from connecting to profitable markets

Last Mile Economic Development

Impacting 10,000s

At the village level, if we see regional barriers we can address, we work to break down these larger system barriers that economically exclude the poor.

Expertise4Impact

Impacting 100,000s

We share our work and our approach (through technical advice and research) with other agencies & stakeholders who can leverage the principles globally

DIGGING

DEEPER

There is a lot involved in delivering our work.

From identifying the right approach, the right partner, ensuring we deliver value for money and so much more.

We are one of a handful of organisations, 50 in fact, that have been accredited with the Australian Government for the standard at which we work.

Below is a little more on how it works in practice

PROJECT

IDENTIFICATION AND DESIGN

Selecting a partner

We select partners based on how well they support our mission to provide livelihood outcomes. We assess the quality of their livelihood capacity as well as indicators of sustainability. In order to ensure that funds are used responsibly, we also look at their operational capacity and fiduciary responsibility. Every new or potential partner is subject to this vetting process.

Choosing a location

We work with our partners to select locations based an assessment of need. We also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders, risk of overlap with the work of other organizations and availability of spare parts and repair services. Additionally and most importantly, we consider a community’s willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and participation to sustain and grow livelihood outcomes over time.

Choosing the right intervention

Depending on the needs, we implement one of our three approaches – Village2Markets, Other Last Mile Economic Development Approaches, Vulnerability Programmes:

AREA 01 – Village2Markets

We will work with smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs in a whole of village approach to access profitable markets by breaking down barriers that prevent their effective inclusion. We will achieve this through our Village2Markets model.

OUR VILLAGE2MARKETS APPROACH

AREA 02 – Other Economic Development

We work to address barriers in the last mile that prevent poor farmers and families from accessing a living income. These are programmes that we do outside of our whole of village approach and we use a range of different approaches to implement these programmes, depending on the local context and barriers we are seeking to transform.

AREA 03 – Vulnerability Programmes

We work to create an enabling environment for effective livelihood which means working on some of the basic essentials of life – health, water and sanitation outcomes to name a few.

PROJECT

SETUP

A localised approach

When we set up our programs we ensure that we are supporting local change makers. We do this by working with local partners, and where possible hiring people from the villages in which we are working. This means we need to spend time with our field team to build capacity, but we believe, when supported by experts, this drives local solutions and deepens trust and engagement required to create long term change.

Project costs

We are committed to keeping administration low but our priority is to ensure that our programs have the best chance of success. We design the project costs carefully so we can balance these two conflicting outcomes. Luckily we are supported by some great investors that subsidise any extra admin costs so that 90% of your funds go to the field.

PROJECT

PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

Planning

We spend a significant time planning our projects because we believe that good planning can make all the difference.

Implementation

When we implement our projects we engage widely with many stakeholders, including the village with which we are working, community leaders, research institutes, universities, buyers, market actors and among others, the government so that we have buy in and engagement to ensure the project’s success.

Monitoring

Deep monitoring is key to our program’s success. We believe that through monitoring we can learn quickly about any challenges that our program faces and quickly pivot to ensure the program’s success.

END OF PROJECT

TRANSITION

Ensuring sustainability

Although we support change, ultimately change must be driven by the families and the local stakeholders with whom we work. We build sustainability from the start of our program so that when we leave, the impact can continue to grow. Each of our programs has indicators of sustainability which we track through the program.

Proving it

We collect data through the program so we know the interventions we support have impact to those we are working with. We understand that change doesn’t happen overnight so we track this data over a longer time period so we can see the real change.

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