The People & The Area

ODAF members are working in different parts of Orissa in a different geo-socio-cultural-political context. The backgrounds of the members are different and the issues also differ but, by and large the development partners consists of mainly Adivasis, Dalits, peasants, landless workers and artisans with a special focus on women and children.

ODAF is focusing on the villages selected from 23 project areas, 12 districts, 32 Blocks and 121 Panchayats. The villages covered under its programme are 851.The Adivasis in the operational areas form 81.34% (about 153254) of the total population i.e., 188395 and about 11. 41% (21513) belong to Dalit communities while the rest 7.2% (13626) are from other general communities.

In the selected 851 villages, empowerment, secured sustainable livelihood and advocacy programmes will be taken up. It will continue to work in the districts of Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Anugul and Keonjhar in North Orissa, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Kondhamal and Kalahandi in Central Orissa and Nabarangapur, Koraput and Malkangiri in South Orissa.

In these areas, 43% of the villages (367) are covered for a period of less than 3 years,16% (126) villages less than 6 years, 8% of the villages (68) less than 9 years, 91 villages (11%) less than 12 years, 19% villages (163) were covered for less than 15 years, 10% villages (88) were covered for less than 18 years and 49 villages (6%) are covered more than 18 years.

All the proposed villages are located in 23 project areas of 12 NGOs. On an average, 43.5 families dwell in the proposed villages. And average family size is 5.

Target and Focus Groups: Adivasis, Dalits, Fisher-folk with special focus on Women and Children.

The Communities ODAF members relate to are mainly Adivasis (80%), Dalits (13%) - of them 49 per cent families fall under very poor earning - less than 6000 in INR annually and 41 percent earn between 6,000 to 12,000 INR.

ODAF has also been deeply involved in the emergency activities and rehabilitation of those from marginalized communities affected by drought, flood, flash floods and cyclone whenever need arises. As a part of long-term response, it is in the process of facilitating Community preparedness to face these challenges.