HOW WE WORK
OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH TO TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PENTSOS uses a combination of development approaches such as basic needs-based approach, asset-based approach, human development approach, rights-based approach and livelihood security approach in ensuring a holistic transformation of societies in order to help people reach their full potential. This long-term, inclusive, and dynamic process facilitates participation and collaboration across communities, faith-based organisations, civil society and the public and private sectors.
Our Rights-Based Approach is informed by the notion that transformational development can only be achieved if every person has a right to a livelihood and basic services, be safe from harm, be heard and be treated with dignity. It hinges on transforming power relations among various stakeholders and identifying the key systemic obstacles that keep people from fulfilling their rights and responsibilities.
To promote such transformative and sustainable change, we engage people at every level—individual, family, community, national and international- irrespective of ethnicity and religious affiliation.
Our Needs-Based Approach is driven by the notion that people living in abject poverty and in deprived areas deserve help and support (as enshrined in Mathew 25:35,36), no matter who provides it and how for long they provide it.
To promote such transformative and sustainable change through this approach, we believe that services should be designed to target and meet the needs of the most vulnerable-mainly persons with disabilities, women, children, and marginalized groups.
In all our endeavors, we empower the poor and vulnerable to actively participate in the development process by helping them to engage in income-earning activities, sustainable jobs, and by addressing constraints to their participation.
To help our employees, stakeholders, and partners implement our approaches, we provide them with a comprehensive roadmap of our ethics, development orientation and policies.