It is heartening to see how PLD has a made a difference in our project (FARM North East). The concept once shared to us made us realize how better we make use of PLD is achieving our goals. It also made us realize that its not always the results that matters, the process is equally important.
Roselin Mary L.Marshillong
|Thangsha Rocky Kansowa|
One of the uniqueness of the project is People Led Development (PLD) approach. Here, the project is for the community to implement. Once the community comes together, it help them in collaborating with the local government/public institutions for deriving benefits.
It is important to understand that the implementation of the project would be through community that have been organised in the project in the form of farmers' club, youth groups and womens' groups respectively. The entire mode of operation and implementation of the project would be through community for the community & the role of the project team would be to facilitate the process and build the capacity .
FARM Northeast project with a main component of People Led Development (PLD) approach was being initiated since June, 2013 in 20 villages of Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya. A wide variety of activities had been carried out in the project by us villages keeping in mind the PLD concept. Now it seems that it’s working. People have began to realize that they need to carry forward the agenda of sustainable development is themselves. Presently people began to think and discuss before taking any step whether such thing is relevant or not for them. Now they are also more aware of their rights and entitlements.
One good example from our fields is the road connectivity to Diengsyiang village as a result of persistence effort made by the people of the village to make the district administration to pursue the matter with the concerned department to speed up the work.
The communities have been practicing PLD since ages but it has not been identified. Now I can clearly understand the concept of PLD with identification of PLD practices in the targeted villages & thanks to Mr. Prabal Sen, Caritas India to have helped me in understanding the concept practically. PLD may help communities towards bringing empowerment & development in the society".
The concept of PLD in FARM Northeast has given a new dimension towards understanding the fact that this project encourages the people to take the initiatives & decide on their own. PLD in the context of North East India is a new concept but it existed among the communities since ages. They would come together not only at times of distress but also in good times. Our efforts & role under this project was to identify such systems, revive the same & document. Besides we also take care of facilitating the communities in reaching out to the ones they want to in order to achieve their goals.
Under our job as a support agency we helped the respective project teams to identify in the best possible manner. We have come across encouraging stories of communities taking lead in achieving a certain goal. We have observed how certain traditional systems in agriculture & other social sectors are still prevalent in the project areas.
We consider ourselves as learners & not someone who tries to impose upon expertise on the community as we strongly believe that community has lot to be learned from in the first place. Caritas India's prime role in this project is to identify traditional development initiatives, facilitate peoples' new initiative in the current scenario of development perspective, study & learn from the people & give back to the people those good learnings as options.
Our endeavour continues in PLD & we are here to ensure that the concept remains to be the heart & soul of the project.