Working Approach: AID-Comilla follows the following strategies/methodologies for its entire project. Special attention given to adopt some of the useful PRA techniques to identify ultra poor potential women to be selected, to understand power structure, their problems and possible solution options identified by them.
Flexibility and adaptability is the important attributes of the entire project. The steps suggested below are largely derived from WSR systems methodology which maintains that development projects always require three things: an investigation of the facts, sufficient theoretical knowledge to allow informed choices to be made about which methods to be followed, and the ability to deal with human relations. Part of the reason that will attempt the project through participatory means is to improve the rate of uptake as new development strategy is developed.
Understanding Desire: Meet the poor men/ women and other stakeholder in targeted area to clearly understand their needs, values and desires. Equally important, the women members must be informed of the motives and values of the parties involved in the specific project. This will help to establish a level of trust.
Investigating Conditions: This stage ensure that sustainable development approach will be developed in the context of existing development practices. Document existing development practice, investigate women meta-decision making regarding self reliance. Explore potential resources and restrictions of each area, questionnaires, the Delphi methods, focus group, specific issue, village mapping exercise used at this stage.
Formulate Specific Objectives: Through brain-storming, problem structuring or other methods , project staff and the rural men/women members come to agreement on a set of objectives, desire scenarios and indicator of impact of the project. At this stage, participants should agree on the most important problems to solve.
Coordinate relations: Discuss what to do, how to do, whom to do with, what criteria to use to measure impact through interactive planning, focus group or other methods.
Establish a basis for practising environmental monitoring through quality investigation