We believe that to promote sustainable development worldwide, we need to ensure public access to information and that all affected and committed people acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. Communities dealing with development issues appear to be marginalized by social systems and poorly motivated to respond to the development challenges they are facing and to engage in the social development activities around them.
At KFDWB, we take advantage of an innovative hybrid approach based on Pivotal Response Training processes and on cloud technology to design and implement our development interventions in achieveing the SDGs. Pivotal Response Training contends that behavior hinges on behavioral skills—motivation and the ability to respond to multiple cues—and that development of these skills results in collateral behavioral improvements. The approach is a comprehensive service delivery model, which explores the interests of the most vulnerable as a natural motivator to engage them in the end-goal of decreasing the frequency and prevalence of social and economic stagnation.
Our framework aims to help communities to function more effectively and efficiently in dealing with development challenges. The framework consists of 3 areas:
1. People: who are involved in community development (local managers, active volunteers and community members)
2 . Platform: an online space for capacity building, interactions and knowledge sharing
3 . Program: covers offline activites such as workshops, trainings and events
We have created the Development Aid Support Mechanism, which consists of the new online StayConnecteD4Dev cloud platform developed in cooperation with IBM Austria GmbH, and offline Field Development Support in order to empower our members, our active volunteers and local communities. Our framework offers a support structure to help all these actors establish their own initiatives to engage in education, health, public awareness campaigns, and government programs.
Online learning and interaction between our members and our active volunteers contributes to their capacity building and engagement, and provides them with information on development issues, sustainable development practices, and lessons learned. Active volunteers benefit from the online cloud platform in their work under the offline Field Development Support network, which consists of door-to-door engagements, awareness campaigns and interviews between them and local communities not connected to the cloud platform. Under the guidance and mentorship of our regional or local managers, active volunteers reach their respective local communities, particularly the most vulnerable (people in rural villages, in peri-urban settings, youth groups, illiterate and semi-illiterate communities) to educate them with respect to local problems (the root causes) they are facing so they can understand these human development challenges from a global perspective, and how they can resolve these challenges locally. Active volunteers help the communities they live and engage with to collect data about their problems, challenges, frustrations, etc. We create development case studies from the collected data, which can help donors to identify common global, local issues, and in their early diagnostics for intervention.
The Development Aid Support Mechanism positively impacts civic participation and consultation at all levels, particularly through the inclusion of youths, women and unemployed peoples. It is an innovative approach, which provides insights needed and magnifies the voices of local communities in order to make their joint work accessible to a wider audience and to promote bottom-up developmental approaches.