ALCHA APPROACH

ALCHA’s analysis of poverty is based on the framework of capabilities and entitlements and on the power relationships perspective. Increasing the capacities of individuals and institutions to challenge the unfair distribution of resources to guarantee their entitlements and influence public policy becomes an integral part of the development and poverty eradication process.

Basic needs are deemed as basic rights and not privileges. Basic rights find their expression in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights that explicitly states the social, economic, cultural, civil and political rights of all human beings. This implies that a pre-condition for a rights-based approach to the elimination of poverty, would be a form of governance that is transparent, accountable to people, knowledgeable and engaged with human rights.

ALCHA strategies therefore focus on putting people at the center of influence systems, practices, policies and structures to ensure the government’s responsiveness to the needs of people and equitable distribution of resources. Poverty therefore is seen beyond deprivations of income to include issues of access and control of resources, representation, participation and discrimination. ALCHA will therefore continue to work towards formulation of rights based poverty programmes.
  • Environmental governance and sustainability

    The organization strives to enhance viable livelihoods through:-
    o Facilitate Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) processes to enable communities assess their potential hazards and prioritize development
    interventions for sustainable disaster management.
    o Advocate and support dry land farming techniques
    o Improvement in livestock breeds and productivity
    o Facilitate community natural resource governance structures on sustainable rangeland utilization and conflict-sensitive management plans.
    o Establishment of community-managed ranches and pasture enclosures for livestock
    o Community education on pasture reseeding techniques
    o Facilitate linkage of organized to Micro-Finance Institutions (MFI) for ease of credit accessibility
    o Training organized community groups on entrepreneurship skills and livelihood diversification
    o Facilitate establishment of Village savings and Loaning Association (VSLA) - practice of HOME-grown table-banking schemes at village levels.
    o Proper harvesting and storage of hay and forage for remedial livestock feeds during droughts
    o Market value chain promotion
    o Value addition of livestock by-products
    o Education on Health, hygiene and sanitation promotion