Our story and inspiration:
No concept of poverty can be satisfactory if it does not take note of the disadvantages that arise from being excluded from shared opportunities enjoyed by others .- Amartya Sen - Development as freedom.
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.
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 our motto "empowering communities, transforming lives".
We conduct two distinctive programmes, in UK and Sub Saharan Africa.
In Africa our emphasis is on promoting sustainable development and poverty alleviation through research, environmental management, education, capacity building, gender empowerment and information dissemination. We work with our branches, partner organisations and government institutions to identify, designed and implement sustainable development projects and programmes.
Over the years, we has promoted a broad framework on development based on Human Rights. We 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 our work.
Taken into consideration the expectations of the UN Millennium development goals, climate change and the challenges of globalisation, we 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. We also promote diverse and innovative rural and indigenous livelihood which enables people to adapt successfully to opportunities when they arise.
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 our 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.