SWATI works directly with communities to improve the quality of life; sharing skills with partner organizations; and carrying out research and lobbying to influence policy change, SWATI’s approach is uniquely holistic. The ability of SWATI to adapt to changing development context and keep sustain it through continuous thought. This has been possible due to its strategic work and effective operations in the domains of Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Livelihood, Child Rights, Governance, Health & Sanitation & Social Justice & Gender Mainstreaming.
The approach of SWATI that includes action, reflection, replication and influencing involves it’s engagement with variables at different levels including stakeholder interest and relationships, relevant policies and legislations, socio-economic and socio-political conditions, environmental conditions. SWATI not only works with the community at the grassroots but also builds the capacities of other likeminded organizations. It is known for complementing and supplementing the work of state government for a larger impact of the mainstream development programmes. It works in two ways – (1) Towards effective implementation of government programmes through community monitoring and (2) Building evidences through action research to advocate for a pro-poor policy.
It is known for its community mobilization work and boasts of strong community based institutions such as women’s SHGs and federations, producer groups and collectives, farmer groups and federations, village development associations, Adolescent Groups both for boys and girls etc. The organization also works towards environment sustainability while taking initiatives for income enhancement of the community members, particularly the tribals.