In-Sight Collaborative adheres to a model of accompaniment- of coming alongside the affected population and respecting their independence and autonomy as we help them meet their needs in adverse situations.
Rather than top-down approaches of aid delivery or development, we believe that people impacted by forced displacement should remain as autonomous as possible while not being robbed of access to services designed to help people in their situation.
Accompaniment is a lifelong commitment. We know that there is an entire story behind the individual as well as one ahead; we strive to establish trusting and supportive relationships within this model so that our interventions and impact are long-lasting and meaningful.
We see the accompaniment model as a way to address issues as holistically as possible by honoring the space and situations people came from and the knowledge they gained from those experiences; their current situation and their experience within it; and the journey that lies ahead, which includes rebuilding, healing, and hopefully thriving.
Accompaniment is incorporated into our programs through our three primary focus areas: advocacy, education, and innovative action.
Advocacy is woven into everything we do. Rather than simply delivering a physical item or a service, we believe in advocating for sustainable support and systemic change that addresses both the current needs and the root cause of the problems we are looking at. This can be referred to as thinking fractally, or looking at an issue on as many scales as possible to understand its full scope. In our social media, our fundraising, our education programs, and in aid delivery, we advocate for the individual and the communities impacted by forced displacement and the structural problems that complicate their circumstances.
Effective advocacy relies heavily on education. We want to provide educational tools for donors, humanitarian and development actors, and for the populations affected by forced displacement. We believe that accompaniment is an intuitive model, but fully and effectively adapting and implementing it will require a shift in thinking and in behavior from everyone involved in forced displacement crises. Education is needed at every level of intervention from the individual up to the global policy level if we want this shift in thinking to occur. We believe that education should be accessible to all and that education is not just the provision of academic materials and tools but also an exchange of knowledge, viewpoints, and perspectives.
In-Sight Collaborative recognizes that part of promoting the paradigm shift is proving that it can be applied in practice. It is important for us as an organization to lead by example. We do our best to remain diligent in our efforts to evolve as individuals and as an organization. We do our best to practice self-awareness and listen to critics who share different perspectives than ours. We also recognize that the narrative, the storytelling piece that pulls at your heartstrings is important because it draws people in- it catches people’s attention - but hard evidence is what will change people’s minds. We believe that evidence-based practice is vital to encourage as we push for change in the humanitarian sector. For all of our projects we try to combine a meaningful narrative with current best practices as well as innovative new ideas within the model of accompaniment.