What We Do

STIPA focuses on 4 key approaches to enable it achieve its Vision and Mission.

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The realization of sustainable development is rooted in the active involvement, i.e. participation, of its beneficiaries in the development process. The PICD process engages the community irrespective of their literacy levels due to its inherent ability of:

To enable these outcomes, PICD applies a range of participatory tools that broadly follows a four-step approach towards the ultimate goal of empowered communities and ownership of development projects:

STEP 1: IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE: Enable community members to reflect, understand and analyze deeply rooted issues that have hindered their development.

STEP 2: ENVISION AND PLAN: Enable honest discussions of dreams or aspirations for the community.

STEP 3: IMPLEMENT: The knowledge and skills acquired leads the community to develop their own action plans, mobilize their own resources towards implementing micro-projects and subsequently macro-projects.

STEP 4: EMPOWERED: Individuals and communities are empowered, own and manage their development projects.


Men and Women, Boys and Girls have to be viewed as partners in development so as to positively influence sustainable development. The Men Empowerment Approach therefore aims to foster interdependent and mutually supportive relations between the genders.  

MEA reshapes and redefines the relationship into one where men are engaded as partners and not authorities. Adopting the Men Empowerment Approach creates an environment of mutual respect thereby building solidarity and engagement towards gender awareness, family role and peer systems. 


Male involvement is crucial in project interventions, enhancing visibility and support of men and boys in attainment of goals for community transformation. Such gains have been realized through the participation of men in the Safe Motherhood project.

The Men Empowerment Approach aims to reduce gender stereotypes that have for decades, hindered achievement of gender equality and equity.   


Our programmes, such as the CBHF Insurance program are targeted at people in the informal sector and with low incomes. Due to budget constraints, these groups often have short-term perspectives of such services which they consider non-essential. Mainstream health insurance programs are out of reach of these low-income individuals, leaving them with the burden of out-of-pocket expenditures when disease strikes.

STIPA employs TLCs to promote the CBHF, seeking first to improve the financial and insurance literacy of target communities. This involves employing social marketing techniques along with financial education to change the attitude of the target communities towards insurance.

TLCs have helped STIPA grow the number of households and schemes benefitting from CBHF year-on-year.


This approach facilitates an enabling environment, strengthens community responsive mechanisms, project management and capacity performance. It also tackles socio-cultural, economic, legal and institutional aspects that cause vulnerability.

Maintaining an active Link that Monitors progress