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The Model is built on the practice and lessons from an action research process, to introduce a framework to analyse, plan, initiate, implement, and monitor the development of greater capacity in rural institutions. The model integrates a participatory approach in every step of the process. This development effort could be characterized as being locally driven and collaborative in nature, with the aim of increasing the ownership of the developmental process amongst the target groups.
The Model is being implemented in six different geographical areas across 3 East African countries - Embu and Bungoma in Kenya, Masindi and Kapchorwa in Uganda, and Lushoto and Pemba in Tanzania. A cross-section of rural institutions are involved in the project, including NRM based groups, producer groups, rural finance groups, special interest groups etc.
SRI aims to catalyze a change process through developing the requisite ‘institutional infrastructure’ for integrated NRM, food security and poverty alleviation. The main goal is to foster support for grassroots organizations so that they can meaningfully participate in governance processes where livelihoods and the environment are at stake. This process is meant to foster effective engagement in policy processes that enable poor rural households to aggregate, mobilize, and access rural services.
Sid Mohan, Consultant - World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Development Practitioners, Landscape Leader