Development Policy of the Spiritans Community OutReach in Ethiopia

 The following are the elements to guide our development works:

  1. Focus on the development of every person and the whole person in order to secure economic, social and human well-being

  2. Focus on a programmatic approach – to have one Spiritan development programme, with a common development strategy and approach, with one Board and one programme administrative unit to help support the operation of various projects

  3. Focus on effectiveness and efficiency to meet donors’ and the government’s requirements

  4. Avoid setting up parallel structures with other actors in order to avoid duplication, competition and wastage of scarce resources
  5. In-service delivery programmes, especially in health and education, and depending on prevailing circumstances, if possible, these programmes are run by permanent partners like Government ministries, with support from the Spiritan programme. In the absence of a permanent partner Spiritans will deliver these services until a permanent partner is found
  6. Enable people to have more control over their destiny by building their knowledge and skills

  7. Ensure the cooperation and full involvement of the community as active partners at all stages of the programme

  8. Work in close cooperation with local government structures and other actors in addressing technical issues, monitoring and evaluation

  9. Where we do not have expertise, we will work with new partners, such as other Congregations, to implement programmes

  10. Document and share the richness of the Spiritan group in the country

  11. Factors that influence where we work include:

    1. Remote and poorly resourced areas – where there are few if any non-governmental organisations and/or weak infrastructure
    2. Areas which are less productive and/or have high natural resource degradation
    3. Where there are poor and needy communities
    4. Where the situation of women is particularly difficult and/or where the education of girls is neglected
    5. Where health service delivery is weak
  12. Focus on sustainability in terms of:

    1. Staff and community through capacity building
    2. Finance (growing in self-reliance)
    3. The environment (soil and water conservation, grassland preservation etc)
    4. Each programme is to have an exit strategy where appropriate
    5. Aim at integration within the various programmes, with Government partners and within each mission and between the missions
    6. Ensure professional, participatory and well analyzed Needs Assessment before intervening in a community
    7. Beneficiaries’ contribution is to be taken into account as a cost item when designing a project
    8. While ensuring professionalism especially in key posts, every effort shall be made to nurture staff from the target communities so that they can serve their own community. Where this is not possible professional staff from outside will be recruited in the interim

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