The Founder member of civic–minded individuals who felt the moral obligation of reaching the underprivileged, deprived of basic amenities, like access to primary health care, education, Child Rights, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Also, sufficient alternative livelihood resources for the disadvantaged group.
The genesis can be tracked to the involvement of a group of doctoral students at Dr. Baba Sahib Ambedkar National Institute of Social Science, MHOW Indore, in researches involving various issues of impeding rural/social development. In the initial years, with the background of research, the founders had thought of indulging only in research, training and dissemination of findings related to issues of social development. However, the gradual involvement with the issues has brought the organization amidst many social problems, which they are now fighting out with the oppressed groups.
The KSS programme approach is based on the key principles of Rights Based Approach, i.e.,
- To ensure the Participation and empowerment of socially excluded people within communities as rights-holders and enabling their voices to be heard.
- Holding the duty-bearers accountable for fulfilling their obligations to respect and uphold the rights.
- Progressive realization of rights.
Through this approach, KSS works at various levels to deliver quality programme results. At the community level – empowering people to improve their basic needs and facilitating to access their rights and entitlements; at the institution level – supporting and nurturing the community based groups/ organizations, like SHGs, farmers group, women groups, youth, PRIs to engage them in sustainable local development actions; at system and governance level – it brings field based evidences by conducting operational research to influence the social change and policy; and also making the policy makers and implementers aware and concern about the facts in order to help in policy formulation and improve the monitoring of programmes.
KSS’s overall programme experience brings a mix of creativity and innovations in the development sector. It established various models of community development, especially in the field of advocacy for the tribal and Dalit rights, empowering them into the mainstream of development. It also complements the ongoing efforts of the government and other agencies through greater integration and convergence among programmes to maximize the impact within the available resources in similar sectors.