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The Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON) was founded by a small group of young, committed social workers to provide immediate relief to the victims of devastating floods in Jaipur district in 1982. From a very modest beginning as a relief agency, CECOEDECON has evolved into a civil society organization pursuing integrated participatory development and advocating human rights. The organization has an authentic and informed perspective of micro-macro dynamics. The criterion for undertaking interventions is that they should lead to community self-reliance and empowerment. Thus, its work centers on the unfulfilled needs and ignored rights of partner communities.


THEMES

CECOEDECON works with an approach that is both Rights based as well as Needs based. The work of CECOEDECON falls under three major themes:

The theme of ‘livelihood security’ seeks to focus action on the right to livelihood and the right to food for individuals and households. The right to water and the right to a safe environment are integral to this theme. Today the theme of livelihoods becomes even more relevant due to the social conflicts arising from the denial of people’s access to the means of production such as land and water.

Recent years have highlighted the plight of the farming community. Technology, improved varieties, inputs and loan waivers have not assured decent living returns for the farmers. Record production of food grains can assure food security of the nation but it does not automatically ensure the right to food of the food growers themselves if they do not reap economic benefits from the process. The livelihood theme addresses critical issues of rights and controls to empower communities to gain access to basic productive resources, challenge corruption, ensure proper delivery of services, and to ensure that appropriate policies and systems are put into place to realise the full potential of their livelihoods.

Major issues addressed: Violation of land rights, non availability of institutional credit to the poor and marginalized, ensuring the right to food, implementation of risk reduction schemes, improving livelihoods through the enhanced capacity of disaster management, facilitating informed livelihood choices, and access to off-farm and non-farm livelihoods.

Major actions taken: Capacity building of community and program staff, generating dialogue at different levels such as with government, civil society and communities. At the community level we focus on farmer interest groups, CBOs (community based organizations) and task forces. In addition, we increase awareness and knowledge by conducting camps, quarterly meetings and exposures so that the community can monitor a variety of schemes.

Economic justice requires redistribution of wealth. The present state of play undermines the rights and interests of poor people including the right to food, water, health care and a sustainable livelihood. Noting that poverty, development, human rights and trade are linked inextricably; CECOEDECON has always felt, argued and strived that it gets placed on the centre of agenda of international bodies and the government.

As global wealth increases and many developing countries show a sustained rate of economic growth, millions of people are still denied the right to food. Our preoccupation with free trade and reliance on market forces for overall economic development has not been able to improve people’s standard of life. Self-reliance of households and communities is being sacrificed and there is increased dependence on few traders for food security. The WTO does not even recognise its obligations to respect human rights. The UN, the World Bank, and the IMF have failed to prevent and reduce inequality, poverty, and environmental threats largely because of lack of political will by member states and the dominance of powerful countries. Even national governments enter into international agreements sealing the fate of millions of their countrymen without even informing or discussing the issues in question with the citizens.

It is the need of the hour to demand justice from economic development through ensuring equitable benefit sharing, participation in decision making, demanding that basic human rights be respected in the development process, and that governments be accountable to the public for the impacts of their decisions. At a more specific level the organisation will strive to protect the rights of its partner communities including right to food (security and sovereignty), access to resources on which their livelihoods depend, right to safe environment, decent returns from their livelihoods, and right to participation. It is our vision that this economic development will contribute to achievement of the goals of reducing hunger and poverty.

Major issues addressed: Fair trade, Bio fuels, Genetically Modified Organisms, Climate Change and Bio diversity, Special Economic Zones and Land Acquisition.

Major actions taken: Capacity building activities for staff and CBOs, organizing and holding a variety of conferences and awareness building workshops and in addition to these, multi stakeholder consultations and advocacy campaigns.

Along with new emerging global challenges the realization of basic rights still remains a daunting task. The economic growth of the country has increased to 8.7% but the benefits of this growth have not percolated down to the most vulnerable and marginalized communities like women, children and SC/ST.

It would be unfair here to not acknowledge government efforts to improve the prevailing situation but the schemes and plans seem methodical on paper only, their effective execution is a challenge in absence of affirmative action at grass roots level. As a result, despite of several schemes with substantial funding, India has slipped down to two ranks lower in human development index. The progress so far also poses a question on its commitment towards reaching the millennium development goals (MDGs). No doubt there are improvements in terms of progress in education, health and status of women but it is far from satisfactory. For instance, the infant mortality rate, malnutrition, school dropout rates and child marriages still remain high across the country but some states including Rajasthan continue to struggle with this alarming situation.

Dealing with global challenges would only be effective when equal emphasis would be laid down to support the most vulnerable and deprived sections in the community to claim their basic rights of gender, health and child rights. The empowered community then would be able to make informed choices and would be in a position to negotiate assertively on micro and macro issues of their concern. Realization of basic rights would only be possible with good governance, ensuring equal distribution of resources, increased availability and accessibility to services and information at community level. It is also important to take note of the fact that heterogeneous nature of women, children and other deprived communities increases their vulnerability aspects, therefore there is need for multiple strategies to deal with these issues.

Building on the experience and learning of previous years, CECOEDECON now engages itself more as a facilitator of development process. The CBOs and the partner community have done remarkably well in addressing their most pressing issues on different levels and they are now in a position to take lead role in claiming their rights. The involvement of the organization would be more in capacity enhancement of the CBOs especially the Kisan Seva Samiti and KSS Mahasangh, holding hands of the CBOs in raising issues at national and international level, providing them regular support in accessing information, establishing network & linkages and providing technical support in monitoring, research, documentation and policy analysis.

The core values that guide the actions of CECOEDECON targeted towards the most vulnerable sections of society are the following:

Human Dignity
CECOEDECON believes that human beings are of equal value. Therefore they should be treated without any kind of distinction, such as race, sex, language, religion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Community Self- Reliance
CECOEDECON values the vast reservoir of wisdom the partner communities possess. The organisation is committed to ensuring that its partner communities enjoy the freedom to make their own choices and decisions, which leads to a sense of ownership over the development process.

Partnership
CECOEDECON promotes the principle of participation of and collaboration with various stakeholders at various levels.

Equity
CECOEDECON seeks to reduce the disparity that exists between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless by ensuring equitable distribution of benefits amongst different stakeholders.

Gender Equality
CECOEDECON believes in equality of opportunity for both men and women and will fight against discriminatory practices.

Democracy
CECOEDECON is also committed to the ideals of democracy and it actively promotes the freedom of people to exercise their rights in socially useful and personally satisfying ways.

Welfare
CECOEDECON’s belief in welfare is reflected by the idea that all individuals are entitled to a certain minimum standard of living.

Accountability
CECOEDECON prides itself on being accountable to all its stakeholders, especially its target groups, donors and partner organizations. While maintaining its accountability it places great emphasis on monitoring the accountability of different stakeholders too.



 


 

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