Rizwan Adatia Foundation strives to improve the Quality of life of the most marginalised communities of Asia and Africa and brings together resources, technology, systems and effective grassroots strategies, giving better choices and control to people for a lasting change
of Global Budget for Strengthening Public Healthcare System in Asia & Africa
Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF) strongly believes that influencing quality of life on a sustained basis requires adopting a holistic, long-term and multi-sectoral approach to development. RAF practices a multi level approach to contribute towards improving quality of life of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in select geographies. Its core programmes focuses on women, youth, children, the elderly, and small and marginal farmers.
RAF also believes in the importance of setting up social safety net programmes and humanitarian support that is needed to help the most marginalised individuals, families and communities build resilience to survive and grow despite adversities. Good governance, including leveraging and linkages with Governments across all levels can step up the development outcome of key sectors along with expanding the scale and scope of public services, which has a fundamental bearing on the quality of life. RAF is driven by the belief that good governance constitutes a cardinal sector as well as a cross-cutting theme across all programmes to effectively leverage public resources as well as improve the access to services and entitlements of marginalised citizens.
Besides these, Emergency Response is an emerging area of intervention for RAF where it works in synergy with inter-agency groups and the local administration for an effective, coordinated response.
Economic integration of poor and marginalised sections in both the formal as well as informal economy is the most powerful instrument for reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in developing countries. Strong growth led by meaningful and equal employment opportunities generates a virtuous cycle of shared prosperity and growth.
The world is experiencing rapid changes in the climate that manifest in extreme and frequent weather events which are impacting agriculture, affecting food systems, creating risks of food insecurity and livelihoods. Presently, 570 million farms across the world are facing the threat of climate change. On the other hand, it is also evident that agriculture is responsible for 70% of global water withdrawals, mostly used for cultivation. The Agriculture sector is therefore central to climate change response in terms of providing adaptation and mitigation synergies and for ensuring global food security and secure livelihoods.
There is an inescapable link between poor health and poverty, and they go hand in hand with each other. Public health and nutrition are integral to RAF’s larger mandate of improving quality of life. The public health and nutrition portfolio is driven by the goal of enabling marginalised and disadvantaged individuals and communities to access better health services in order to optimise their health and well-being and realise their full potential.
Education is sine qua non to peace, prosperity and development. Every child has the right to access safe and quality education. It is one of the most defining indicators of human development. However, 124 million children across the world are out of school and another 250 million are not learning basic skills as a result of poor quality of education. Poor learning conditions of disadvantaged students (exacerbated by poverty, location, ethnicity, gender, disability etc) result in further deterioration of learning outcomes.
Governance is a significant determinant of poverty. RAF believes that good governance has a fundamental bearing on the overall quality of life. However, sub-national governments in the targeted geographies are grappling with resource constraint, poor supply-demand connect, endemic and pervasive corruption, digital divide coupled with lack of public awareness and participation impeding the process of growth and development.
RAF has been proactive in its response to emergency situations in Asia and Africa, be it any natural calamity or public health crisis. It assesses the situation on the ground and works with volunteers, inter-agency networks and local administration for a coordinated response, in order to provide life-saving assistance. RAF lays focus on addressing the needs of women, girls, and the specially abled and other vulnerable groups to ensure that appropriate and timely relief support reaches them to alleviate their suffering. Besides these, RAF aims to protect their fragile livelihoods and further guard them against slipping into extreme poverty.
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