Enhancing Public Services and Empowering Communities for Sustainable Development

Improving public services and promoting social inclusion to reduce poverty are key focal areas of Badlao Foundation's work in selected districts of Jharkhand. Our primary objective is to enhance the quality, coverage, and accessibility of public services in education, health, nutrition, and rural employment across four targeted blocks in the state. We strive to introduce innovative processes and best practices that address critical challenges in information delivery, service provision, and the empowerment of self-governance bodies. These successful models are standardized, demonstrated, and replicated by state and district-level authorities and service providers.

Governance discussions are facilitated by Badlao Foundation to engage communities in dialogues regarding various public schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY), Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), and Indira Gandhi Pension Schemes. We also address pressing social issues including climate change, drought, and water scarcity.

Khadi, a fabric closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi and the Swadeshi movement, holds a significant place in our history. It represents more than just a type of dress material; it embodies an idea of development and social progress. Khadi refers to handspun and handwoven cloth. In 1918, Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Khadi movement as a means of providing relief to the impoverished masses residing in India's villages. Gandhi envisioned it as a path towards self-sufficiency, liberating the nation from its reliance on foreign materials and symbolizing true independence.

Tribal communities often face significant challenges in accessing and benefiting from government schemes designed to address their specific needs. For more than two decades, Badlao Foundation has been working diligently to empower tribal communities and other rural villagers to actively participate in their own development. We believe in strengthening local governance institutions by equipping communities and gram sabhas with the necessary knowledge and resources to address their concerns and manage their resources effectively. Through this approach, we aim to create a more sustainable and viable model of development.

Collaboration between government officials, elected representatives, and the community is a key aspect of our work. By placing the gram sabha (village assembly) at the core of the planning and implementation process, we foster a participatory approach that ensures the community’s active involvement. Through this collaborative effort, government stakeholders gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the community and work together to identify and implement solutions. The community, in turn, acquires knowledge of legal provisions under the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, and the functioning of the gram sabha.

By empowering communities, enhancing public services, and fostering collaborative governance, Badlao Foundation is committed to facilitating sustainable development and creating positive change in the lives of marginalized communities in Jharkhand.