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Implementation Methodology

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To achieve the above targets the following strategies are used:-

  1. Training: on Organizational Development, Saving and Credit (VSLA methodology) and linking groups to Financial Institutions Training on Financial Literacy, Business Skills Development and on Income Generating Activities (IGA), Food security; URAA has developed training curriculum that is specific to older persons for skills development in management of Income Generating Activities, group management with saving and credit component incorporated. Specific tools for monitoring and tracking loan performance have also been developed to ensure Older Persons’ Associations (OPAs) adequately follow up members and support loan repayments. Capacity support is also provided to OPAs to formalize their organizations through registration, to this end URAA has a guide for development of constitution for OPAs.
  2. Grants Management: Source and provide grants to network partners to promote various activities; capacity building on savings and credit, Business skills development, live hood support, advocacy and community monitoring. URAA also provides Technical support on development of grant recipients budgets, finance management systems and work plans.
  3. Advocacy and lobbying seminars and workshops are regularly undertaken for policy influence. Through establishment of advocacy groups, CSOs are mobilized at district and national level to provide voice for mainstreaming of older persons’ issues in development agenda; specifically, advocacy is in the area of Social Protection, Health and HIV and AIDS using right based approach.
  4. Information dissemination through learning briefs production, sharing of success stories and documentaries with desired audiences; including through the use of social media platforms. URAA has developed a communication and advocacy strategy to guide information production and dissemination.
  5. URAA works with member NGOs, CBOs, in developing and improving systems, to ensure that the members are empowered to develop explain strategies plans and approaches.
  6. Networking with likeminded organizations on issues of general concern for vulnerable groups through participation in national platforms, formation of consortiums and participation in calendar events that create awareness and act as advocacy platforms.
  7. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), URAA has in house capacity to support its member associations and organizations in the areas of organizational development, monitoring, evaluation accountability and learning through ensuring the members are able to account both in terms of results and value for money.