Our Process - GASS - Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe

Our team of qualified professionals, from the development sector is responsible for the selection, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of GASS’S INITIATIVES. Plus some of the larger NGOs whom we partner with like BASIC NEEDS and CBM also assist in doing the same for GASS.

Disability Awareness

Our Work At Gass

The social approach focuses on society and addresses the fact that societies DO NOT WILLINGLY accept and accommodate all of their members. People with impairment are disabled by society in the sense that they are deprived of their rights and opportunities.
People with impairments do not need to become disabled at all. It is society and unjust barriers such as those that are legal, attitudinal, cultural and environmental that interact with impairment to produce disability.

Inclusion: Inclusion is the desired state that, all people including people with disabilities participate equally and benefit equally from policies and programs in political, economic, societal and spiritual spheres without barriers or discrimination.

Mainstreaming: Mainstreaming means including people with disabilities, their concerns and experiences as an integral part of programs and projects. It is an approach rather than a program or project in itself and requires the removal of attitudinal, institutional or environmental barriers that exclude people with disabilities. We follow a UNCRPD approach.

Our Principles

Equal participation of the People with disability in all decision making processes in all programs and societies at large.

Programs focus on ensuring sustainability.

Programs work towards being community-based rather than using the institutional, segregated approach.

Criteria for GASS taking up an initiative or supporting initiatives of other NGOs are:

1. Focus on marginalized populations such as PwDs, women and children, economically poor individuals who are underprivileged.
2. Focus on nascent initiatives – grassroots and rural since we reach out to the poorest of the poor in the most backward and remote regions of Karnataka.
3. Priority to projects in areas where no other projects / facilities exist
4. Project concepts should empower the community in which they work, the PwDs, children, women, senior citizens, underprivileged classes etc and ultimately bring an irreversible change in their lives.
5. Commitment and dedication to the vision and mission of GASS.

Process for selection and appraisal

1. Fill or send an application as per our format covering details like the objective of the initiative, the partner’s background, experience on the field and financial details.
2. Our team and board members screen and short list these applications.
3. A pre-funding, evaluation visit is conducted.
4. An Internal discussion on the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats is conducted by GASS.
5. Recommendation by the board of directors and committee of GASS at region and head office levels is made.
6. Approval by our Board of Directors.
7. Commencement of partnership
8. Monitoring and evaluating of the initiative
9. Our Development Support team visits each project on a quarterly or half yearly basis.
10. Meetings with the staff, parents, children, PwDs, DPO leaders, social workers, counselors and the community members and affected persons with whom the project works.
11. Assessing the project’s training & information support needs as well as its achievements.
12. Submission of quarterly, half yearly and annual reports.
13. Annual evaluation, budget and plans for the next grant period are initiated by our team.
14. Review of project finances
15. A team of professional chartered accountants (Account Aid) plus our own audits person [staff] assist us in financial reviews and audits of the projects.
15. Along with Account Aid, we identify projects where our funds are at risk due to poor financial management or mismanagement of funds. These high-risk projects are closely monitored.
16. Frequent financial reviews on bookkeeping and maintenance of accounts are carried out at the projects like the member DPOs in the various villages working under GASS.
17. An external project audit is almost always mandatory at each project.
18. Member DPOs and other member organizations as also organizations for which we partner are encouraged to discuss their budgets and expenditure with their core teams and the community with whom they work, for greater social accountability and transparency.
19. Our team makes quarterly or half yearly field visits and conducts meetings to assess progress of each project.
20. Prior to the commencement of work by the member DPOs for instance, GASS organizes trainings for them as also workshops and we also organize trainings for the purpose of providing them with the latest inputs. Later we inspect the various records they keep such as the reports as also documentations of the member DPOs and the other organizations at the grassroots levels that GASS associates itself with.