Process to create the Strategy
We decided our strategic priorities through a comprehensive, participatory, country-wide consultation involving people affected by leprosy, TLMTI field staff and International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), World Health Organisation, Ministry of Health of Government of India, TLM International and other TLM supporting countries and various Christian organizations.
Our strategic plan highlights our desire to evolve from a service delivery oriented organization to one that addresses holistic development and rights of leprosy affected people and works with the government and other partners at every level of need. Our strategy details the required steps to bring about this change and is our guide for the future of our organisation.
Key Points of the Strategy
Five Year Strategic Priorities:
1. Organizational development
To ensure we are relevant and effective. We will do this by being an organization that is Christian, committed to its values, and achieving excellence through its people.
2. Holistic approach
To address the total needs of leprosy affected people in an integrated and cohesive way.
3. Fund raising
As India’s middle class grows, there is a great opportunity to raise resources locally and we will develop fundraising as a core competency within the organisation.
To ensure changes in attitudes, practices, ideas, policies, power and resource re-distribution which will result in real progress for leprosy affected people.
To share goals and mutual accountability alongside government and other civil society organizations and share our skills and resources to enhance our own and our partners’ impact.
6. Sustainable livelihood – to work alongside leprosy-affected communities to enhance their livelihood capabilities to ensure poverty-reduction, income security and self reliance and to improve their quality of life.
Strategies to Achieve Strategic Aims:
Developing the capacity of and work through Partners, TLMTI will focus on acting as a facilitator rather than an implementer of programmes.
TLMTI will increase its focus on advocacy efforts and making research a cross cutting issue in order to increasingly focus on ensuring the rights and entitlements of people affected by leprosy.
TLMTI will focus on developing its organizational systems including the development of a culture of learning in the organization.
TLMTI will focus on raising funds locally, increasing the diversification of funding sources, will run more fundraising campaigns and will encourage gifts-in-kind for programmes. TLMTI will widen its relationships with churches, volunteers and individual, corporate and institutional funders.