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Global Programs

1. Environmental Governance

We strongly believe that fundamental issues relating to the development of international democracy and global governance are inextricably tied to issues of global governance for sustainable development and the environment.

Protecting the world environment is a critical foundation of sustainable development. Two-thirds of the earth is beyond the territorial sovereignty of UN member states; it is truly the ‘global commons’. The ocean of the world’s atmosphere is equally borderless; and its pollution, warming and disintegration are transnational threats. The international community must govern the global commons. To avoid devastating exploitation of our common, indispensable global environment, the protection and preservation of the global commons must be placed under the governance of the UN. Accordingly, OPAD advocates for the establishment of a World Environment Organization (WEO).In order for environmental and social issues to be adequately addressed in the international legal order, they will have to be given equitable legal and institutional authority.

OPAD therefore believes that the solution is the creation of a WEO or a ‘Sustainable Development Organization’ that could counterbalance the powerful finance and trade institutions. A WEO would be a designated and empowered advocate for adequate response to environmental management and sustainable development and thus provide a more balance, effective and accountable system of global governance. This includes bio-ethics, responsible mining promotion, conservation agriculture, watershed development; climate change mitigation & adaptation, environmental protection & rehabilitation, buffer zone development, homestead development; organic farming, school greening, protection of parks, strengthening the parks management system and promotion of area closure and nurturing endangered species. Promoting the survival of the ecological system (including humanity) and the conservation and restoration of nature; promoting ecologically oriented agriculture and the planting of forests in the margins (in terms of area) of the land with the aim of selecting and planting crops based on human consumption of the harvest; promoting education on the subjects mentioned in the points 1 and 2 above; offering people (including those with limited access to the labor market) a place in which they can become empowered by connecting with themselves and nature, and can grow through activities such as working on the land and in the forest, and everything else directly or indirectly related to or conducive to this in the broadest sense.

Promote and Develop Sustainable and Ethical Waste Management Globally


OPAD strives to promote resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption through support to developing and emerging economies, Innovation of waste management through education and training, encouraging appropriate and best available technologies and practices and proficiency through its program on professional qualifications.

2. Eco-Friendly Livelihood

OPAD strives to enhance to promote agro-ecology development with improved livelihoods realized through real-world farm management trainings, supply of clean agricultural inputs and technologies, improved agricultural practices, engaging entire communities in off-farm and non-farm eco-friendly income generating activities. This includes fuel saving stove production, cultivating root and tuber crops, dairy development; bee-keeping, intensive farming development, poultry farm development; animal husbandry, rural credit access, marketable livelihood skill training; improved seed multiplication, fair trade practices, post-harvest loss management, and prevention  of exotic weeds (like water hyacinth).

Our livelihood program component will have no adverse environmental impacts. Rather, they support eco-friendly agricultural practices and means of livelihoods by promoting the use of clean agricultural inputs and technologies.

3. Blue and White Planet Initiative

OPAD learned about the overwhelming cost of the global water crisis and decided it was necessary to access water for the thirsty. This is because 1 in 9 people lack access to clean water, with 48% of people in sub-Saharan Africa lacking clean water. Every 90 seconds a child dies of a waterborne disease, women and children walk up to 6 hours each day to fetch water. There was reported 1,000,000 deaths from disease and 260 trillion dollars in economic loss.

Water Resources, Sanitation, and Hygiene


Access to safe drinking water and sanitation reduces mortality and morbidity, improves economic productivity, and empowers the most at-risk populations–particularly girls and women. We aim to alleviate extreme poverty and improve the well-being of people by scaling up access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. We use a multi-faceted approach that operates on many levels–policy and political will, civil society advocacy, and private sector involvement–working with various stakeholders to implement high-impact, evidence-based solutions. We address the issues of water resources within the context of climate change and social inclusion. Where appropriate, we leverage public-private partnerships and social marketing initiatives to harness positive social impacts. Specific areas of expertise include water supply, storage and treatment; household and community sanitation; hygiene; integrated water management; solar energy development, metrological centre development, and bio-latrine development; irrigated agriculture, river basin and watershed management, and water policy advocacy. This enables structured policies to be responsible for rivers, lakes, and oceans. We support a wide variety of projects in many fields, including environmental initiatives that are working to help eliminate pollution and save the planet’s ecosystems. We promote community efforts that create models of social sustainability, educational innovations –preparing youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future–and strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities. We promote projects that are easily replicable so that excellent concepts can multiply and benefit many.

4. Health

Economic growth, social stability, and quality of life all depend on the well-being of a nation’s citizens. When children are healthy, they can learn. When parents are healthy, they can earn for their families. Healthy families and communities invest in themselves and their future. By working with international development partners, government ministries of health, the private sector, and other key stakeholders.

OPAD’s experts apply unique user-centered models and approaches that improve health systems; provide an evidence-base for health policy and program reform; and address governance challenges that create barriers to healthcare.

OPAD design and deliver engaging activations that focus on consumer health and wellbeing via online and offline platforms such as schools & universities, malls, corporate events & digital media. We engage Health Care Professionals such as Health Extension Workers, doctors, nurses and LHW and provide them with leading edge info on diagnostic and therapeutic advances via in-person training and online peer education. We collaborate with Corporate & NGO Partners to promote health awareness, conduct medical screenings, deliver consultations and provide access to prescription medicines for low-income, high-risk and underserved communities while building the capacity of local frontline health workers.

OPAD Program is dedicated to ensuring the overall health and well-being of children by ensuring the health of their parents and by strengthening community resilience. We focus on particularly underserved areas of the southern hemisphere.

Strategy


OPAD works mainly in select, remote communities that face challenges accessing healthcare or has a shortage of trained health workforce. These specific communities often lack safe water, children are malnourished, and there are few if any options for school. All of these challenges diminish the chance for a healthy life and keep communities from flourishing. Life-threatening communicable diseases and increasing rates of non-communicable disease make health precarious for many people in these communities; when parents aren’t healthy, it’s harder for their children to thrive. Increasing access to essential health services like disease treatment and prevention, improved maternal and infant care, nutrition; sanitation practices throughout communities, strengthening healthcare, preventing forced child marriage and domestic violence; mental healthcare, menstrual hygiene, reproductive health & ethics promotion; family planning, malaria prevention, TB prevention, tropical disease control/tsetse fly control; hepatitis prevention, non-communicable disease prevention, HIV and AIDS prevention; waterborne disease prevention, environmental sanitation & personal hygiene, latrine construction; as well as maternal and child health care promotion and harmful traditional practices prevention. Climate Change and Resilience, Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives are the eye –opening health programs we encapsulate. OPAD Strengthening the legal response to HIV and AIDS in developing nations; fostering awareness of public health goals and human rights among government officials, and among those communities most at risk of HIV infection; and building lawmakers’ capacity for reform based on evidence, international law and best practice. Integrating legal empowerment and social accountability for quality HIV health services for adolescent girls and young women.

HIV Services for Adolescent and Young Women


Adolescent girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. They are more vulnerable to HIV because they are often subjected to a range of gender and age based biases, discrimination and violence, as well as sexual assault, forced marriage and tracking. Despite growing HIV-related responses, they and their communities most often do not have the capacity, voice and power to hold these service providers accountable for improved delivery of quality HIV-related services, empowering communities for improved access to HIV services, building partnership with global law schools to AIDS response and advancing rights, and backing up the UNAIDS global goals.

5. Education

Education Global developments have led to increased investments in ICT tools to make STEM education more accessible and exciting to students. Despite the growing availability of technology resources in schools, there remains a disconnect between resources available and the impact achieved. Our goal is to improve the way kids learn through better content development, pedagogy, monitoring and assessment. We aim to empower students and provide them with tools to aid personalized learning and equip them with skills critical to the 21st century. Through the curation of interactive, engaging content for key STEM subjects, delivered by our trained educators, our goal is to accelerate the use of technology in schools in the southern hemisphere.

6. Family Strengthening

Family Strengthening Children thrive when they have the love and stability of family. Yet, poverty, hunger and disease put many families at risk, leaving their children vulnerable to abandonment in the global south. OPAD programs help families become more empowered and self-sufficient. Positive child development, positive parenting, support to orphans and vulnerable youth; day care center development, family counseling, nutrition, dietetics, and micronutrient promotion are the core principals of the family strengthening.

7. Governance, Law and Justice

OPAD supports states in transition to manage institutional change transnational governance structures–with their increasing responsibilities and powers–need better instruments for transparency and more accountable governance. In response to these challenges, OPAD strives to build the capacity of state, civil society organizations and intermediaries to increase transparency and accountability of state and non-state operations. We advocate for more democratic and inclusive systems of governance mechanisms, mobilize civil society efforts to participate in inter-governmental and transnational institutions. Through these efforts we hope to help the UN and other international institutions become more effective and deliver better results for people worldwide, support states in decentralization and service delivery support, mentoring and training–delivering training and professional development, legal systems strengthening support, political economy analysis and evaluation. We provide strategic analysis and advice for international organizations and donor agencies on their approach to strengthening political institutions.

OPAD improves the lives of the world’s citizens by ensuring that state institutions encourage inclusive development, are more responsive and accountable to the people they serve, and have the capacity to deliver essential services–from health and education to security and job creation. We empower citizens to hold government to account for better service delivery and protecting their rights. We believe that political dynamics shape development impact more than any other factor, and we have pioneered innovative approaches to safeguard that governance reform initiatives are informed by realities on the ground.

Government and Public Sector Reform


OPAD strengthens national and sub-national government institutions to deliver better public services to citizens in an inclusive and accountable manner.

We help create fairer societies by working with governments to engage with and support underserved and hard-to reach groups, including the ultra – poor, orphans, vulnerable children, the elderly, minorities and the disabled.

This includes:
    • Enlightening the policy and regulatory environment
    • Public Financial Management
    • Strengthening organizational systems
    • Promoting transparent and accountable governance processes and capacity, including taking social services closer to the people

Empowerment and Accountability


Accountable, responsible, and accessible state institutions need to be complemented by empowered citizens who can make their voices heard in governance processes. They should be able to influence decision making that affects their daily lives and hold policy makers and service providers to account. Palladium believes the reform of government and public institutions must be complemented by empowering citizens to influence the decisions that affect their lives in spheres such as health, education, the environment, economic infrastructure, etc. We partner with civil society, community-based organizations, the media, and others, both individually and via collective action initiatives, to support improved services for citizens and protection of their rights. We apply innovative facilitation and knowledge building approaches that empower local actors.

Anti-Corruption and Transparency


Corruption is one of the greatest obstacles to economic and social development. The harmful effects of corruption are especially severe on the poor. Palladium supports governments, the private sector, and non-state actors to develop the systems and skills to address corruption and foster transparency. We apply evidence-driven approaches, such as applied political economy analysis and institutional systems reviews, to measure and diagnose governance issues and drivers of corruption that most constrains the private sector and service delivery.

The strategies we utilize address the five key elements of an effective anti-corruption strategy:
    1. Increasing political accountability
    2. Strengthening civil society participation
    3. Creating private sector engagement
    4. Implementing effective institutional restraints on power
    5. Improving public sector management

Applied Political Economy Analysis


We promote politically smart and adaptive programming, putting principles such as ‘thinking and working politically,’ ‘doing development differently,’ and ‘problem-driven iterative adaptation’ (PDIA) into practice.

Develop strategies, tools, and decision-making processes as well as research, monitoring, and learning systems to ensure that governance programming is flexible, adaptive, effective, and grounded in political realities.

Governance Integration and Service Delivery


We leverage our deep technical expertise in a range of sectors, including health; environmental and natural resources; food security; economic growth; education; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to improve service delivery through improved governance. We work to convene multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors and civil society to find solutions to service delivery issues that ensure citizens’ demands and needs are heard and met.

Democratic Governance


OPAD works with associates to ensure politically conducive backgrounds for inclusive development and to enable citizens’ voices in change processes. We recognize that democratic institutions are not only created through formal arrangements, and we seek to understand the informal constraints and opportunities in local institutions that affect democratic governance outcomes. We engage local dynamics such as patronage, corruption, and collective action to reduce obstacles to development goals.

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion


OPAD draws on a global team of gender and social inclusion (GESI) experts to lead innovative community approaches across all sectors. Through GESI, we develop and implement broad, comprehensive strategies to address socioeconomic inequities in culturally sensitive ways. Through project leadership and implementation, research and analysis, we maintain a repository of global best practices on gender integration and adapt our tools to local context for improved advocacy and decision making. We provide technical assistance to policymakers, governments and interagency groups to ensure that gender issues are integrated into policies, programs, national budgets and evaluations.

We engage a range of stakeholders in our social inclusion and capacity development approaches, including women, youth, and indigenous populations as well as religious, ethnic, and sexual minorities. These leaders then become effective policy advocates, promoting community-level social and behavior change. We also work to promote attitudinal and social behavior change to help create sustainable enabling environments for excluded groups and to combat issues such as gender-based violence.

8. Digital Inclusion and Connectivity

OAPD strives to help individuals live richer and more fulfilling lives, by gaining more control over their finances, through the innovative use of technology. The practice aims to identify and support concrete solutions around financial technology and help financial services players leverage technology to meet customer/value chain needs. Support media to transform society. Encourage Social Learning Platform to Improve Youth Skills & Career Readiness.

Inspiring and accelerating the experimentation, commercialization, and diffusion of innovations for human development in the global south. Promoting Digital Finance, Economic Growth and Trade, Entrepreneurship. Promoting Smart Infrastructure There is immense value waiting to be created amidst the chaos and weak infrastructure. There is a huge potential for technology to be applied smartly, to connect different public infrastructure to each other for the sole purpose of making them more accessible to the populace. Our focus is on deepening support for early-stage technology ventures building consumer internet and infrastructure that will power global south digital economy. Infrastructure plays a significant role in fostering business growth and development. The availability and deliberate deployment of the right infrastructure that reflects modern business needs will naturally attract the best talent, provide an enabling environment for businesses to grow and thus accelerate the growth of the global south technology ecosystem.

    Inspire: Supporting innovation ecosystem enablers such as pivots to create an enabling environment for any innovation to thrive.

    Catalyze: Funding new ideas in human development from pilot, and scale up, bridging innovators to likeminded financial sources and mentoring, coaching and supporting them to be sustainable.

    Transform: Empowering government, funders and the private wing to learn from each other and bring about and creativity in the middle of their work.

9. Market Development, Agriculture and Food Security

OPAD collaborates with a wide range of international agribusiness, food and consumer product companies, retailers, connecting existing farmers in developing countries to global markets by identifying and eliminating supply chain obstacles to achieve increased yields, quality, incomes, and food security. OPAD use a multi-pronged, market-driven approach to agricultural development, including market linkages and deal making, post-harvest handling and storage improvements and strategic alliances with governments, private sector actors and organizations.

We pinpoint premium solutions for quality enhancements at the source by enhancing warehousing, crop conditioning, extension services and sanitary systems, and we facilitate new or strengthened backward linkages between producers and buyers.We also collaborate with a wide range of international agribusiness, food and consumer product companies and retailers.

10. Humanitarian Aid

OPAD collaborates with a wide range of international agribusiness, food and consumer product companies, retailers, connecting existing farmers in developing countries to global markets by identifying and eliminating supply chain obstacles to achieve increased yields, quality, incomes, and food security. OPAD use a multi-pronged, market-driven approach to agricultural development, including market linkages and deal making, post-harvest handling and storage improvements and strategic alliances with governments, private sector actors and organisations. We pinpointpremium solutions for quality enhancements at the source by enhancing warehousing, crop conditioning, extension services and sanitary systems, and we facilitate new or strengthened backward linkages between producers and buyers.

We also collaborate with a wide range of international agribusiness, food and consumer product companies and retailers.

11. Communications and Media

Lobbying (engagement with lawmakers), capacity building (training of rural women advocates) and production and broadcasting of emerging threats,and infections via radio programme. The main components are advocacy, capacity building, community education and creating effective partnerships. We know that working together is vital to creating positive change. We value partnering with the communities we serve, their leaders, government programs and agencies, and implementing organizations. We work hard to ensure that the efforts we support have the endorsement of the relevant government ministries to maximize the likelihood of success and wider uptake of proven approaches. Supporting central strategic planning to decentralize and devolve authority to the local level; ensuring that local authorities have sufficient skills, capacity and resources to implement that strategy; and providing direct support at the local level to staff and politicians to use these systems and identify practical ways to improve the delivery of services to citizens.