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Centre for Accelerated Development

Add SDG 13& 17

Bridging the gap between communities and development

Sauramandala Foundation’s Centre For Accelerated Development (CFAD) helps accelerate social and economic change to build the resilience of remote, vulnerable and disconnected communities through collaborative action.


At the CFAD we follow a system’s thinking and integration approach as explained below.

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  • Lack of accessibility
  • Lack of data
  • On ground support
  • Fill local gaps
  • Initial data + metrics during and after implementation
  • Hand holding and ensuring continuity in the community

Gain insights and build Social Capital

We spend time with our communities and system actors (Teachers, farmers, anganwadi workers, line departments) by living with them for an extended period of time and understand their needs from their perspectives using techniques/frameworks such as Ethnographic Research, PRA, Need Assessment and Root Cause Analysis to build a case for the community across development indicators and sectors. This helps us build a report on the region with insights, gaps and findings from the field.


Aggregate NGO partners for collaborative action

Based on the insights gained on the ground, we match them to organisations which can address the problems and help improve the indicators, co-design and raise funds for implementation. In this step we closely study the work done by other organisations to filter and select the best organisations based on the solution needed in the particular community. We then facilitate implementation of the projects with different partners across sectors using a system’s thinking approach to sequence the projects in the most efficient order.

24-30 Months

Co-design and facilitate implementation of projects

Act as an aggregator to onboard partners to solve specific problems related to education, health, water, waste and climate change with a gender lens.


Any learnings from the projects on the field are continuously presented to the government at the block, district and state level to advocate for replication and provide inputs on changes in policy.

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