Transformation Initiative - a multi thematic programme with an
objective to develop proof of concept of significantly
transforming quality of life for 70,000 poor households of 4
pre-dominantly tribal blocks in South Rajasthan. The Government of
Rajasthan has committed to facilitate financial resources under
various government programmes through a convergence approach and
an agreement to work together with the relevant government
departments to enable them to increase their outreach and
strengthen quality of services. The programme strategy of each
component has central to it the design principle of Sakh se Vikas
programme i.e., 'women led change and sustainability of services
through nurturing self-reliant community institutions'
5 pillars of the Transformation Initiative are:
The core of CmF's work is to capacitate
Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and their federations to serve their
members by providing a range of financial and farm livelihood
support services and thereby enable them to lead a better quality
To organize community around Self-Help Groups in tribal blocks under Transformation Initiative, CMF replicate model of Sakh se Vikas programme. CmF has worked on the capacity building of marginalized women farmers by building capacities of SHG federations and leading NGO's in Rajasthan. CmF has introduced simple and easy to understand IEC material for the usage of community as well as the promoter organizations.
CmF formulated transformation initiative with
the innovations to improve livelihoods and builds livelihood
clusters. Our thematic focus is water resource management,
horticulture, agriculture, in addition to self-help groups that
are formed and aggregated into a federation in almost all project
The five areas of inputs or interventions required in the field to establish a livelihood cluster:
(i) Soil and water related: soil health, access to water, etc.;
(ii) Appropriate technology related to seed, breed, pest and disease control, preservation and
(iii) Access to market:
(iv) Credit access; and finally
(v) Organizing the poor and investing in its leadership and management capacity at all levels.
It is a complex business as it takes a while and the new arrangements have to fight against the
CmF build on the field experience and train staff and community, and where possible share our knowledge to build other' capacity and influence larger systems, beginning from district, and going up to the state and the centre.
A fact which came up in the baseline study conducted by CmF in 2 blocks Abu road and Pindwara, the tribal blocks under Transformation Initiative are characterized by low literacy levels as compared to the state. Low attendance in the schools, poor school infrastructure and limited or no involvement of community in monitoring the schools are the key reasons for the poor learning levels of children.
Education interventions in Sirohi, and Pali districts are planned for improving quality of pre-school, primary, middle school and educating and mainstreaming out-of-school children and adolescents while creating linkages for skill development for a comprehensive approach. Major components of CmF's Education programme are:
- Strengthen Anganwadis to ensure quality early childhood education (ECE) and demonstrate quality practices.
- Enable conducive environment for school readiness and teaching learning in the Anganwadis;
- Strengthen Primary Schools to improve in learning outcomes of the students, high retention and enrollment
- Develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children
- Strengthen teaching learning practices of Science, Mathematics and English in upper primary schools.
- Capacity building of teachers
Out of School
- Demonstrate an integrated and comprehensive approach in significant number of villages for educating and mainstreaming out of school children and adolescents by significantly reducing school drop-out
Community Information Resource Centers (CIRCs) for digital literacy and services
- Provided tablets to schools equipped with eLibrary app/eReader to ensure access to age
appropriate, quality children's literature through technology for developing reading skills and
promote habit of reading.
Under Women Literacy pilot project 15 Literacy centres were established in Kishangarh block of Ajmer district with an aim:
- To develop functional literacy to improve the functioning of SHGs,
- To bring about empowerment and self-confidence in women
To improve the participation of women in the development
activities in the village
Maternal health is closely linked with
the health status of the child at the time of birth. Objective of
the project interventions are- reducing infant mortality rate and
addressing malnutrition in children under 5 years of age. Key
Increasing demand from Public Health Institutions: Activation of village health , water, sanitation and nutrition committees (VHWSNCs), awareness creation for behaviour change in immunization, child nutrition, antenatal check-ups.
Strengthening supply side: Trainings of AAAs- Asha, ANMs and anganwadi workers and facilitate their joint meetings for concerted action at village level.
Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are
critical for ensuring good health & quality of life for any
household. Safe water and sanitation are also integral to the
nutrition component of the Transformation Initiative, as a
strategy to prevent water borne diseases and infections among
children, which could lead to poor health and fall back into
This has ABC approach:
Facilitate sustainable access to and use of WASH facilities, products and services: Households and Public Institutions.
Mobilize communities, raise awareness, trigger community led Behaviour change for WASH.
Facilitate access to credit through SHGs, Banks, Develop entrepreneurs for WASH services and develop market linkages.