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 Centre for Dalit Human Rights

Established in the follow up of World Conference against Racism (WCAR) in 2001, the Centre for Dalit Human Rights aims to protect and promote the rights of Dalits who are the most vulnerable, underprivileged and exploited section of the society, in the state of Rajasthan. CDHR seeks to achieve this objective through capacity building of Dalits activists, and providing social and legal support as enshrined in the constitution and other instruments of social justice.

As we know, despite all the lofty provisions for social justice in the Constitution of India, Dalits in Rajasthan, and in India in general, continue to be the target of gross human rights violations by the powerful sections of the society including the state; and unfortunately women among the Dalits are doubly oppressed and are subjected to inhuman forms of exploitation, including sexual. CDHR attempts to address these issues by putting pressure on state and state mechanisms to fulfil its responsibility to promote, protect and enforce the rights of the Dalits.

As one of the major objectives, CDHR is also engaged in demystifying the law, which enables poor people to fight for their human rights. To this end, the centre strives to eliminate all forms of political, social, and economic oppression especially as a result of caste discrimination. CDHR’s approach is participatory and experiential, ensuring that the legal efforts are accompanied by disseminating useful information to contribute towards combating atrocities and caste based violence on Dalit and eradication of untouchability.

Although CDHR’s work was at its zenith in 2001-2002, it still managed to undertake some useful actions over the past few years that need to be consolidated and scaled up. In terms of institutional development, the Centre has made very good progress. Now it is registered locally under the Rajasthan Societies Registration Act as well as under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As per the previous agreement in phase two of PIIRD, some resources have also been made available to the Centre for its expenses until March 2006. It is expected that from April onwards the Centre would manage its own affairs, programmatic as well as institutional. As the prime initiator of the Centre, Cecoedecon has fulfilled its obligations, and as such would have a very minimal role in running the CDHR in the time to come. Hopefully, CDHR leadership would be able to mobilise required resources, and forge stronger and links with NCDHR so at the state and national level, and become part of national movement.

 Development Coordination Network Committee

Development Coordination Network Committee (DCNC) is a general network for NGO enhancement in the state of Rajasthan, the oldest satellite organization promoted by CECOEDECON. DCNC is a federation of community based voluntary organizations and actions groups in Rajasthan. Its main aim is to initiate and promote a process of voluntary action in order to strengthen civil society and bring about social justice through capacity building, coalition building, and strengthening networking and advocacy among CBOs of Rajasthan.

The object of promoting DCNC was to promote support systems for the growth of voluntarism in Rajasthan under the direction of CECOEDECON. DCNC incorporated under its fold all those who were concerned with uplifting the poor and disadvantaged sections of the community and combining efforts to work towards a just and equal society. DCNC today has developed from 100 partners to 350 partnerships with NGO’s in Rajasthan. The idea of the network was originally conceived by CECOEDECON as a result of its field work. Thus, much of the impetus to form DCNC came from the efforts of CECOEDECON. Expectedly, the two organizations are intimately tied together, sharing many policies, decisions and staff.
Initiated in 1991, DCNC is registered under local law as a trust in 1994, as well as under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act with the Central Ministry of Home Affairs. DCNC works and collaborates with other networks and movements based in Rajasthan, and works as state chapter of VANI.

As DCNC membership consists of a large number of members, it requires a multi-layered governing system to co-ordinate all the partners. Therefore, the idea of regional centres has been conceived, managed by four regional committees based in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur. Each of these regional bodies elects a co-ordinator to serve as their representative on the central board of trustees. These committees hold regular meetings in which they take care of the routine matters of the network and recommend CBO’s to receive promotional support from the network. The 11-member board consists of these four regional representatives, as well as two eminent social workers, two women representatives, two experts and a representative of CECOEDECON.

DCNC had not been very active and visible during the past five years; the regional committees were not active; at times the communication network also breaks down. Another problem caused by inactive regional committees is a lack of input into the decision- making processes. In mid-last year, the efforts for revitalization started, as a result many developments took place in terms of organizational building and membership augmentation. In the process of several consultations with its partners, DCNC has figured out, how the network could be beneficial to the partners in their work. It was agreed, that DCNC should concentrate work on a few issues, so that DCNC can serve associates in a more effective way and let them to take advantage of the network.

DCNCs work will thus be directed on the following issues:
• Civil Society Strengthening
• Good Governance

With the registration under FCRA, renewed mandate and restructured Board, potentially DCNC is an independent organisation, and as such Cecoedecon intends to have a very minimal role in its affairs in future. If needed, it would be willing to help DCNC to mobilise necessary resources, as one among many stakeholders, so that the momentum is maintained.


PAIRVI is a capacity building initiative that focuses on increasing the advocacy competencies of its partner organizations working for the benefit of the vulnerable and underprivileged. PAIRVI was initiated in response to the need to strengthen civil society and build the momentum for advocacy initiatives in the Hindi speaking states of Northern and central India, often called the ‘Bimaru’ states.

PAIRVI’s mission is “to increase the advocacy competencies of various grassroots organizations or movements in the Hindi-speaking states of North and Central India, and to advocate effectively in favour of the vulnerable and marginalized particularly on issues of caste, class, gender, environment, democracy and human rights.”

Through a variety of interventions, PAIRVI tries to build an efficient connection between the micro and the macro level policy changes and, in this way, to benefit all the socially and economically underprivileged. The establishing of a network of organisations mutually supporting each other, and together identifying campaign issues and strategies helps to broaden the partner organisations’ scope of work.

Since 1999, PAIRVI has run several capacity building programs, providing inputs to more than 100 social activists. These programs focused on Basics of Social Advocacy and Human Rights and Good Governance. In the initial phases PAIRVI programmes were supported by short term funding cycles. Since October 2004, PAIRVI’s core programme, which has two components: capacity building and advocacy, is supported by ICCO and MISEREOR. The main objective of the Capacity Building Exercise is to improve the capacities of PAIRVI’s partner organizations, presently 28 groups from 8 North Indian states, and to build a community of advocates working together for common issues. Also, developing skills in and improving of advocacy techniques is necessary.

PAIRVI is registered under a national law called Companies Act with non-profit status, for practical purposes as far as civil society work is concerned, makes it equal to a society. However, there are additional requirements of a company especially pertaining to accountability in public domain. CECOEDECON stakes are formalized with hundred percent share holding, and its board being nominated by CECOEDECON. PAIRVI is also registered under FCRA. As present it has a board of twelve members (including two designated probable), with a working team of nine persons. The team is lead by the Director who functions as the chief executive.

Apart from the capacity building of social activists, PAIRVI has been involved in several campaigns during the past three years, and has achieved many successes. Some of these include National Campaign on Child Rights (NCCR), Initiatives for rights to food and livelihood security and generic human rights. PAIRVI has represented at several international forums such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), UN Human Rights Commission and World Social Forum. It is also one of the core members of FTN campaign. In order to reflect on the PAIRVI progress (so that its actions could be further focused), PAIRVI has undergone a comprehensive review, which has come out with several critical suggestions.



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