Their story and inspiration
At the 2002 World Summit on sustainable development, nations endorsed a global plan to reduce poverty and promote human development as contained in the Millennium development goals, however, many good commitments have lagged behind due to the approach, strategy and policy put in place to manage development programmes.
The centre for development and community welfare ( CEDCOW) was established to fill the gap that exists in Africa :- to Promote and integrate human rights on sustainable development planning and management
Over the years, their combined experiences, skills and learning about the challenges and obstacles faced by African Migrants as well as the need to foster rights-based development approach to poverty alleviation and sustainable development in Africa , helped us to form this dynamic, ambitious and forward thinking organisation.
The centre for Community welfare (CEDCOW) is a Not For profit organisation which empowers, integrate, advocate and support men and women to overcome disadvantages in their communities and become catalyst for sustainable change. This approach is reflected in their motto "empowering communities, transforming lives".
They conduct two distinctive programmes, in UK and Sub Saharan Africa.
Their emphasis in the UK is to empower and integrate African Migrants especially refugees and enhance their contribution to the development of their Home Countries.
In Africa their emphasis is on promoting sustainable development and poverty alleviation through research, environmental management, education, capacity building, gender empowerment and information dissemination. They work with their branches, partner organisations and government institutions to identify, designed and implement sustainable development projects and programmes.
They recognise that sustainable development can actually be achieved by enabling and empowering people so that they acquire relevant training, tools and assistance to anticipate a future free from injustice, hunger and poverty.
Over the years, they has promoted a broad framework on development based on Human Rights. They therefore value and regard human rights as a means for improving the quality of life and development and strongly integrate rights activities and policies explicitly or implicitly into various dimension of their work.
They also support efforts to engage people to create and build important and accountable institutions, a sound public policy and development models that protect diversity and integration of selected ecosystem.
They do not support foreign aid but believe that meaningful investments on sustainable projects in poor communities can greatly accelerate growth, enhance viable economic opportunities and inspire people to work hard and fulfil their dreams.
Taken into consideration the expectations of the UN Millennium development goals, climate change and the challenges of globalisation, they have established a development approach which offers suitable alternatives and viable development interventions which strengthen and support communities and engage them in all aspects of development. They also promote diverse and innovative rural and indigenous livelihood which enables people to adapt successfully to opportunities when they arise.
Their mission is to cultivate self-reliance and work with partners who maintain a strong physical presence in their areas of operation. In pursuing these methods they have thus earned the trust, respect and confidence of the traditional leadership, community members, as well as central and local government authorities.
At all times, CEDCOW will strive to achieve educational, financial, ecological and social sustainability and places the interest of women who constitute the main actors of development, the core of their work.
CEDCOW was formed by a group of men and women with wide range of experiences especially in international development and NGO management and share considerable concerns about the plights of African migrants as well as African development.
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