Program: Governance & Livelihood
Governance and livelihoods are interrelated because peace, security and the opportunity to participate in decision-making are important issues and part of people’s livelihood. The majority of Solomon Islanders derive their livelihoods from their own land, sea and labour resources. For centuries, this has provided them with food, water, shelter, medicine, recreation and other benefits. People’s livelihoods are underpinned by the tribal ownership of land, which enables all members of a customary landholding group to access resources for subsistence and income-earning purposes.
More than 90 per cent of Solomon Islands land is tribally owned (owned by a whole tribe) through ‘customary land tenure’. Most landowning groups or tribal members live in rural villages, which comprised 86 per cent (352,600) of the total population of 410,000 in 2000 (Solomon Islands Government 2000). The population of Solomon Islands is now considerably higher.
The program is being implemented in 7 different villages namely Tala Kaipur, Bada Radhuan, Rimulighati,Upar Kaipur, Bayakumutia, Mundula and Talapada in Banspal Block of Keonjhar district.
Focus Area Development Program (FADP)
Since May 2014, WOSCA is facilitating Focus Area Development Program (FADP) in Champua Jhumpura and Joda Blocks of Keonjhar district under Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Champua with an objective to improve the livelihoods of tribal people.
OTELP-Plus project is being implemented in 23 Tribal villages of Harichandanpur Block covering 3736 households since July 2013. The major objective of the project is to ensure that the livelihoods and food security of the families of those villages
Livelihood improvement through FRA facilitation
Project focus on enabling people to gain access to entitlements under Forest Right Act (FRA) by facilitating both individual and community claim submission with hand holding and advocacy support to realise the objective
Facilitation of Rain water management under MGNREGA
Rain Water Management is concept of controlling, conserving and effectively utilising the total precipitation falling in a village / watershed. In case of Odisha, annual rainfall is twice the annual cropping requirements. But still we face drought.
WOSCA has been taking active part in Social Audit of MGNREGS to ensure transparency in the implementation of MGNREGS. During this year WOSCA has taken up two times social audit in 20 GPs of Patna block with the support of District Rural Development Agency, Keonjhar. During the audit it was found that there are many issues which need to be addressed for the smooth implementation of MGNREGS. These include issues like delay payment, Muster roll verification, verification of MB Book, assessment of quality of work, etc. The findings of the audit were shared with Block and DRDA. In most of the audit programmes participation of the community and PRI members was visible.
CFT Programme on Convergence of MGNREGA-NRLM
With the objective to achieve enhanced living conditions and reduced poverty of the PVTGs and other poor communities WOSCA as the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) has been implementing the OPELIP Project in 54 villages of Banspal block covering 5310 vulnerable HHs.
Financial Literacy and Awareness Programme (FLAP)
To facilitate financial inclusion through imparting knowledge to enable financial planning and improve the understanding on it WOSCA has been organizing GP & Block Level Financial Literacy and awareness Programmes in the remote parts of the district.
Supported by NABARD since 2003 at Haldharpur Village of Ghatagoan block, Keonjhar district of Orissa covering 100 artisans under National Program for Rural Industrialization (NPRI) to enhance livelihood of artisans through skill & technology up gradation.