We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
Living Farms is providing 300,000 tribal households (including 78,000 children) in three blocks of Kalahandi district and five blocks of Rayagada in Odisha, access to balanced nutrition plans, and locally sourced grains/diets. So these families practice diversified farming and become capable of leading more enriched, better-nourished lives.
PHRS is setting up community-based crèches to care for children aged six months to three years, in the most vulnerable, malnutrition-prone Adivasi districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Bolangir in Odisha. The state government is to mainstream these model crèches within the ICDS Anganwadis.
SPREAD is delivering better nutrition to 3.5 lakh Adivasi households, benefiting 2 lakh children in Anganwadis, through social audits and a more responsive Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) system. Across 24 blocks and 240 Gram Panchayats of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Nuapada districts of Odisha.
UNFPA is tracking and profiling the health and nutrition of 120,000 in-school adolescent girls and 80,000 boys in tribal residential schools. It gives them training in life skills and peer leadership. It is initially working with the Department of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes Development in five districts of Odisha.