Works for Health System Strengthening
We are consultants for health system strengthening in the developing worlds. We perform different services for technical cooperation or financial aid projects, including designing, managing, and evaluating. Through our services, we aim to provide process gardening and create a space for dialogue in health development and system strengthening matters, considering the sense of safety.
“Whole-System Approach” – In this approach, we make efforts to have different views from the system. It can support us, stakeholders and well-wishers to co-create our solutions effectively in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) environment and reduce the chance of excluding underrepresented groups’ views.
We integrate a human rights-based approach into the project or program management to seek to recognize the project process and impacts on inequalities, discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that lie at the heart of development problems and impede development progress.
Our keys for evaluation activities are flexibility and awareness of the whole range of approaches. There are many evaluation designs to choose from, and different methods suit different questions and different circumstances. In particular, in complex situations like developing worlds, methodological choices need more flexibility and awareness.
OUR “THEORY OF CHANGE”
Our “Theory of Change” maps out the path from our specific work to the society we seek to create. Our consultation can contribute to fulfilling some of the necessary conditions for health development by creating a space for dialogue and improving intervention for health system strengthening.
Support for Underserved & Purpose-Driven Organizations
In particular, we are highly interested in the health development of underserved and underrepresented groups in societies. This is because their health determinants and environment are complex, and the realisation of their health development requires a variety of views, cooperation and trial and error. We want to become one of them. Our service directly helps purpose-driven organizations improve positive impact on their underserved or underrepresented beneficiaries, who are those facing difficulties in access to quality health services.
Working in the World
Since our establishment in 2015, we have worked in many different worlds. Different countries have different people, who have different culture.
Our Base: Asakusa-Sanya
Asakusa-Sanya is a town with a traditionally distinctive culture even in Tokyo, where day labourers, travellers, poor, etc. and people hosting them live together.
Namidabashi Lab. is a Certified B Corporation
Certified B Corporation means leaders of the global movement of people using business as a force for good TM. Certified B Corporations need to meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. In addition, Certified B Corporations need to seek benefits for stakeholders such as workers, community, customers and the environment, not only for shareholders.
Since September 2015, when we started our business activities, we have recognized the overall goal of Certified B Corporations (The B Corp Declaration) is compatible with our vision. In our day-to-day efforts to make bases for our business activities, we realized the essence of Certified B Corporation could be our guidepost for our organizational development.
Then, in 2016, we started the process to get the certification as a millstone of organizational development, and in 2018 we were certified.
*Namidabashi Lab. at B Corporation Directory: https://www.bcorporation.net/en-us/find-a-b-corp/company/namidabashi-lab
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