The Covid-free Village program is a community-led initiative that takes responsibility for protecting villages from the pandemic. The objective is to empower villages to take ownership for creating a people’s movement to prevent and contain the pandemic by forming Village Task Forces. The program offers flexible, need-based interventions to effectively deal with the dynamic pandemic situation in villages. Covid-free Village is implemented as a government program with institutional and ecosystem support at all levels.

The Covid-free Village program has been designed to serve as a comprehensive platform that enables scalable and sustainable development outcomes in villages by empowering communities, harnessing strengths of ecosystem players, bridging demand-supply gaps, facilitating converged outcomes, and leveraging technology as a key enabler for governance, scale and quality.

Empowering Communities for Covid-Resilience

Communities have the inherent capacity to find solutions to their own problems. Every village has self-motivated people ready to contribute their time and efforts for the well-being of their communities. However, they often lack a platform, guidance, training and the tools to facilitate leadership for collective action.

The Covid-free Village identifies, motivates and empowers such community champions, giving them an opportunity and the skills to assume leadership for Covid risk-reduction in their villages, creating a people’s movement.

Village Task Force conducting a monthly review meeting 

Participation of Villages

An important and demonstrated highlight of Covid-free Village program is the demand-driven participation of villages. The program is initially showcased to all Sarpanchs in a Taluka by the Taluka Administration. Subsequently, Gram Panchayats desirous of joining the program submit applications to the Taluka Administration, declaring their commitment to implement the program by forming/activating Village Task Forces as per program guidelines.

Village Task Forces

Villages participating in CFV program take responsibility for forming five Task Forces to create an enabling environment in the village for Covid risk-reduction. The Sarpanch leads this process supported by Gramsevak, Talathi and village seniors. Village Task Forces serve as efficient grassroots mechanisms for collective action to implement Covid prevention and containment measures.

Preparedness, prevention and containment measures implemented by Village Task Forces

Harnessing Ecosystem Support

The program harnesses strengths of ecosystem players to successfully bridge the demand-supply gap. It galvanizes the State Government, District and Taluka Administrations to ensure end-to-end institutional support for the program. It leverages power of partnerships to mobilize impact sector players for supporting strategy, implementation and capacity-building.

The program uses technology as a key enabler for training, capacity building and monitoring at grassroots. A network of committed BJS volunteer entrepreneurs is leveraged for local advocacy and media engagement. In villages, Task Forces serve as active community platforms to create an enabling environment for risk-reduction.

Program Management Platform

A key component of CFV is the tech-enabled Program Management Platform incorporating critical governance workflows. This includes coordination with government, mobilization and deployment of NSS student volunteers and program officers, capacity building and handholding of Village Task Forces, program monitoring and dashboards.

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