Intervention strategies

Tear uses three intervention approaches:

Direct poverty alleviation through community development

Tear places a strong emphasis on community development, with local churches and communities working together to achieve a sustainable reduction in poverty for the most vulnerable people.

A community is a group of people living in a local area, often with the same culture and similar interests. The term ‘community development’ is broad in scope and refers to activities undertaken mainly at micro level and aimed at increasing the capacity of vulnerable communities to improve their quality of life.

The main aspects of community development are:

  • meeting the needs in a community
  • mobilising local participation and knowledge
  • awareness raising and promotion of existing local resources
  • enabling equality of opportunity for all community members (inclusive development)
  • empowering a community and building its resilience
  • strengthening grass-roots capacity and local structures
  • cooperation with other local stakeholders (e.g. government, private sector, local church, other faith based groups)

Tear supports its partners by strengthening their ability to build the development capacity of local communities and churches in their fight against poverty and injustice.

Strengthening civil society through capacity building

We believe capacity building is a strategic approach for our cooperation with local partners in the South, enabling us to:

  • enhance their management capacity in project planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • position them as recognised actors in the arena of civil society
  • enable them to influence processes and policies at meso and macro level within their society.

We regard capacity building as an explicit process to improve an organisation’s effectiveness in relation to its mission and resources. This process is jointly agreed by all stakeholders and is objectively facilitated.

The focus in capacity building is on:

  • fulfilling the mission of the organisation
  • implementing the strategy of the organisation
  • optimising the use of staff and the allocation of supporting resources.

We realise that capacity building is not always a linear process and that it is difficult to measure the end situation or end product in terms of effects and impact.

At the level of the partner organisation the effects may be achieved in the following areas:

  • Improved response in efforts to address the causes and effects of poverty in a vulnerable community.
  • Improved ability to influence policies towards poverty alleviation.
  • Improved coordination and cooperation with like-minded (public and private) organisations operational in relief and development and local and central government departments.
  • Improved corporate position of relevant and legitimate actor or stakeholder in civil society.

Influencing policy through advocacy

Advocacy is about helping vulnerable people to address the underlying causes of poverty, bringing justice and supporting good development through influencing the policies and practices of the powerful.

Tear identifies four types of advocacy:

  • Campaigning: speaking publicly on an issue with a view to changing a specific policy.
  • Acting as an advocate: representing a person or group to ensure that their point of view is heard; interceding on their behalf.
  • Lobbying: attempting to influence the formulation of policy through private meetings and other direct, private communications with policy-makers.
  • Mediation: representing two or more parties to each other in order to bring about agreement.

We encourage partners to integrate advocacy into their relief and development programmes. Networking is considered essential for effective advocacy.

Tear’s advocacy achievements:

  • Tear is an initiator and active member of the Micah campaign in the Netherlands.
  • Tear is co-developer of the Micah course, which is being run at various locations in the Netherlands.
  • Tear uses information obtained in contacts with its implementing partner network to inform its supporter base and the wider public in the Netherlands.

Tear participates in initiatives aimed at awareness-raising and action on unjust and inhumane situations.

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