The focus of the Development Programmes Approach is equipping local-level staff to work effectively with communities and partners towards the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. The approach serves as a vehicle to integrate and focus WV’s development programmes on child well-being priorities – including the child wellbeing targets in the WV national office strategy.
WV’s Development Programme Approach is built on good practices from many WV offices and programmes, as well as learning from other organisations. It reflects and enables continuous improvement of WV’s development practice. The essentials of the approach should be applied flexibly in context, based on a national office’s experience and learning.
WV's Development Programme Approach is understood best through a set of key resources which include the Handbook for Development Programmes, Good Practices Guide for Putting Development Programmes Into Action and additional programming tools and guides found on this website.
The Guidance for Leadership and Management in applying DPA is also a helpful resource for those in leadership positions.
A one page guide on Child Well-Being Outcomes and Aspirations is helpful when learning about WV's Deveopment Programmes Approach.
TOOLS FOR EACH STEP IN THE CRITICAL PATH
The Critical Path is a process for putting WV’s Development Programme Approach into action. It is a flexible process that programme staff can apply as appropriate in their context. The Critical Path has been developed to help WV programme staff collaborate with communities and local stakeholders towards the sustained well-being of children – especially the most vulnerable. It is intended to ensure effective response to the needs of children in the near term and the long-term. Based on learning and good practices from programmes across WV, it is designed to build on existing local efforts and enable local ownership from the very beginning of a programme.
WV’s primary roles along the Critical Path are to facilitate the community and local stakeholders to conduct a joint planning process and to build the capacity of local stakeholders to implement and manage shared projects. The planning process may also identify a direct implementation role for WV in shared projects – especially when children’s needs are urgent and local partner capacity is limited. When this is the case, WV always works to strengthen local capacity to assume these roles over time. WV’s role may need to expand again if a disaster strikes or conflict arises.