Stigma Elimination, Embracing Diversity (SEED) via ICT, SHG and SEED-SCALE Theory.
TDRCT bring 3 mechanisms: SEED-SCALE, ICT & SHG to create Opportunities and build Connections among PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES in Tanzania.
Unity is Power: Self Help Groups (SHG) of PWD has used to fail as its members are focused more on one kind of input, usually money (something hard to get); ignoring other aspects like visibility, resources shairing, support each, discuss problems and find solutions together . Because of lack of trust among them many believe individual enterprises are better than group enterprises, this can lead to stigma and exploitation. To change this Much time is needed to build mutual trust and Inclusion.
Information is Power: Just like the roads that provide a basis for connection, ICT use also like mobile phones and internet is essential infrastructure for inclusion. As a result of ICT now people with disability (PWD) are becoming connected into the greater world with less discrimination. Mobile apps both accessible and assistive are showing great potential for improving their lives. ICT is becoming a powerful means of empowering (PWD) as it has offered them a flexibility of time and space.
SEED-SCALE theory is built on four principles 1. Build from success, 2. Three-way partnership, 3. Decide based on evidence and 4. Behavior change. This can assist in the process for inclusion, to empower and repair the human dignity of people with disability, this complex process begins locally with SEED like a soil growing in its native soil, then this local change scale up to SCALE. The SEED create a ripple effect that will positively affect their surroundings SCALE.
What problem does your idea solve?
Poverty confront PWDs in Tanzania, many live-in charity mentalities and considered victims, helpless object of pity or sympathy. They’ve been taught aid provisions are the only quick solutions to their difficulties. This brings us to think about Stigma Elimination that contribute to economic inclusion for the quality of life of PWDs using SEED-SCALE, ICT and SHG as mechanisms to re-learn about human energy, behavior change, local reality and partnership for an effective economic inclusion.
Explain your idea
It appears that Self Help Groups (SHG) and Information Communication Technology like Mobile phones calls, Short Message Service (SMS), computer use, internet and Open source software like (FrontlineSMS) to be an entry point in the process of eliminating stigma towards People with disabilities (PWD) by providing them with unprecedented levels of access to education, skills as well as the opportunity to participate in the economic, cultural and social life of their community. TDRCT aims to provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the community, to demand for their rights, defend themselves from exploitations and involve local leaders, service providers accountable to their rights, by creating 300 SHG of PWD with approximately 25 members in each group in 2 districts. People with disabilities community mobilizers shall be selected in collaboration with Disabled People Organizations, Local government leaders. Groups will be initially trained on disability rights, ICT use, Village Loan Saving Associations and SEED-SCALE theory. After 6 months of engaging in Village savings and loans (VICOBA), groups shall be trained on financial literacy and entrepreneurship then members will be invited in Revolving and Saving Association to grow their business idea and pay back the amount with an interest of 1% per month while preparing them to linkage with other financial institutions and banks. Generated interest shall be used for project administration to scale up the idea.
SEED or “Self-Evaluation for Effective Decisionmaking,” is a process of activating empowerment at the community level and growing a local success, a process termed here as process of “creating ripple effect”. SCALE or “System for Communities to Adapt Learning and Expand” is the expansion of this activity, both in geographic coverage and across development sectors for sustained improvement in quality of life/ “social change"=socio-econo-info-biosphere"
Our goal is to impact the whole community. Of course, PWD who are trained and placed in SHG are directly impacted. So, we can say that PWD are the biggest beneficiaries of TDRCT work. However, for a purpose of ensuring inclusion the non-disabled will be include, after inclusion in SHG of PWD for those who do not have a disability will serve as inspiration for everyone around disability, showing the benefits of diversity.
How is your idea unique?
We use SEED-SCALE theory as methodology and emphasize interdependence since, as human being “we all have times when we feel discouraged and need the support of others. Teams works like SHG can give that support, along with a diversity of skills, perspectives and personal networks, enabling individual efforts to be greatly magnified. Thus, our initiative is cost effective, scalable and inclusive model which can assist PWDs to be community change agents through locally advocacy led initiatives); voluntary and loan saving methodology; Revolving loan as transitional step to formal financial linkage for emerging entrepreneurs to access more capital ,expand their business); mentorship as well community engage (create supportive environment by welcoming none disabled into SHG to build their understanding on issues affecting PWD). We are reaching highly discriminated population by current development partners. We are PWDs ourselves empowering PWDs and the general community at large.
Tell us more about you
Tusaidiane Disability Resources and Charity Organization of Tanzania (TDRCT) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and a cross-disability organization. This means it is made up of people with all kinds of disabilities and non-disabled people who advocate and offer services on behalf of people with disability. TDRCT informs and advocates for the participation of people with disabilities in the design and implementation of policies and programs in Tanzania. http://tusaidiane.page.tl/
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
1. Behavior change of PWDs; To get them to believe they CAN DO, join SHG, accept their difference, and learn to do things differently using their diversity ability and believing themselves that they have the equal participation in social and economic development in the family, society and the community level.
2. Community engagement and Stakeholders support to make this idea possible; the project need fund, technical support on how to train PWDs to use SEED-SCALE, ICT equipment and accessories and influence in PWDs involvement in the community decision making processes.
3. To use of technology for inclusion by giving all people the skills and knowledge, as well as implementing UNCRPD by learning in detail about law and advocating process
Where will your idea be implemented?
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it.