DCF's Water for All initiative aspires to create a drought-free Maharashtra by 2019. Many socio-economic development projects suffer from a lack of consensus and accountability, a low focus on measurement metrics, and an inconsistent follow up on execution, which leads to limited benefits to the targeted population. DCF provides the tools to effectively address these issues and achieve maximum positive impact. DCF's proprietary methodology, called the Delivering Change Programme (DCP), specifically follows this approach.
This commitment consists of the next phase of the Maharashtra project., during which DCF will build upon the community dialogue and research that it has already begun in the area. DCF's DCP model builds top-down project momentum by creating top level stakeholder consensus (bureaucrats, politicians, and businesses) while simultaneously engaging with other stakeholders (people, local communities, and grass root networks) to build initiative support and create project execution platforms.
Following the work done through the labs, DCF will share the 32 solutions identified by the labs with the community. The goal is to engage the community in the implementation process by December 2014. Following this, DCF will set up a dedicated team, whose role it will be to implement and track all of the adopted solutions and initiatives and to support the Implementation agency and various stakeholders involved in that process. These steps will ensure that DCF's processes for increasing efficiencies in access to water sources, supply, and usage will be effective.
In order to achieve a drought-free Maharashtra, DCF will contribute over million, align top level stakeholders, create a strategic plan, and build support and execution platforms for the Water for All initiative through its proprietary DCP.
DCF will use its partners in the following ways: Sakal Media Group (communications) to engage with people regarding issues and solutions, Tanishka (execution and social audit) to mobilize grass root networks for execution support, PEMANDU Malaysia (strategy) to help in strategy planning and multi-stakeholder consensus planning through its proprietary Big Fast Results (BFR) approach, and SILC (learning) to create a knowledge repository in order to execute the DCP.
Community Engagement (August 2014 - December 2014)
In order to ensure that the top level stakeholder consensus (a consensus between bureaucrats, politicians, and industry) on the Lab initiatives realizes hurdle-free ground level implementation, it is critical to simultaneously engage with other stakeholders, including local communities, grass root networks, and local individuals. This is intended to gather support for the initiatives and create multiple platforms for execution. Thus, after the Lab, the Community Dialogue continues. DCF will be using its partner Sakal Media Group to organize activities for enhancing awareness, including media campaigns and public engagements, starting from the 17th of August in Mumbai and spreading across 35 villages in Maharashtra by December 2014.
Implementation and Execution (September 2014 - December 2015)
DCF will launch the delivery and execution phase of the program as part of this commitment. This will include the establishment of the Delivery Management Office (DMO), dedicated to manage and coordinate with the identified key stakeholders, such as the Government of Maharashtra and the public and private sectors through the implementation phase. As the DMO is set up, the Community Dialogue continues to keep people up to date on the progress with regular publishing of the initiative key performance indicators.
The Delivering Change Foundation (DCF) is an independent non-governmental organization that aims to effect positive change in the lives of communities through delivering transformative socio-economic programs within three to five years. DCF is capable of effectively facilitating the execution of developmental projects for immediate and large scale impact, aligning multiple stakeholders behind a common cause and developing, supporting, and mobilizing local community networks for project execution. DCF uses its Delivering Change Programme (DCP) to enable Transformation. The DCP is a five step process that consists of the following stages:
1) Community Dialogue
2) Multi-stakeholder consensus based planning process
3) Re-connect & engage Community
4) Implementation & Execution
5) Impact Audit
Even though DCF started its operation in the state of Maharashtra, India, the focus on socio-economic transformation is not limited to a state-wide level but expands to a federal level. Currently, discussions of replication in the States of Goa, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka are also active.
DCF's first initiative is focused on delivering positive change in Maharashtra, India's second most populous state (112 million). Maharashtra's gross state domestic product (GSDP) and foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows are the highest amongst all Indian states. As India's economic growth has sputtered, Maharashtra has been unable to effectively cater to its people's socio-economic needs. People have grown disillusioned, become unhappy, and witnessed an alarming decrease in quality of life.
Access to clean water is one of the challenges facing the state, and it is a result of:
- Inefficiencies in infrastructure, planning, and execution of water delivery, water usage, and regulation of water
- Inequitable distribution of water, which disproportionately hinders development of underdeveloped communities
- Massive water waste
In Maharashtra DCF initiated Step 1, a large scale community dialogue, Maharashtra's Expectation, to understand people's priorities and expectations for Maharashtra. The dialogue unearthed issues and challenges across 16 different key social and economic sectors, including water, education, and infrastructure. The dialogue was primarily driven by Tanishka - the foundation's woman-to-woman grassroots level network, which has 100,000 members across Maharashtra.
The water issues described above have contributed to Maharashtra's impending drought situation and were discussed during the Maharashtra's Expectation dialogues, and thus the first sector to be worked on is water. DCF named its first program 'Water for All' and aims to drastically improve the supply, quality, and equitability of water distribution in Maharashtra. The program includes the transformation of Water for Agriculture, Water Source and Conservation, and Water for Domestic and Industry.
After completing step one of DCF's five-step process, DCF began implementing the multi-stakeholder consensus-based planning process, which is step two of their plan. DCFfacilitated a 'pre-lab process' consisting of four months of data collection and analysis to understand the current situation in Maharashtra in collaboration with five cabinet water ministers, NGOs, and the corporate sector. Following this process, DCF facilitated a six week lab with 77 participants from 60 organizations from government, NGO, and private sector organizations, facilitated by the DCF Team. The outcome of the Lab was a full report of 32 implementable initiatives to deliver 'Water for All' in Maharashtra. These initiatives were accepted by the Government of Maharashtra, which will be operating as the Implementation agency of these initiatives.
Delivering Change Foundation (DCF) is seeking partners for assistance with implementation of the 32 initiatives. The following resources are requested: 1) Donors, foundations, and organizations to fund water initiatives in Maharashtra; 2) Water specialized companies that are interested in public-private partnerships (PPP) or engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts; 3) Organizations that are interested in providing long-term funds, or experts to assist with the implementation of these initiatives.
Having piloted its approach in the Maharashtran context, Delivering Change Foundation (DCF) is planning to implement similar programs in priority sectors across India . This model can be replicated in any country or state, albeit in different forms, depending upon the availability of communication partners or grassroots networks to deliver socioeconomic transformation.