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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.

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, our 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 our motto "empowering communities, transforming lives".

We conduct two distinctive programmes, in UK and Sub Saharan Africa.
Our 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 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.
We 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, 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.
  We 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.

We 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, 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.
Our 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 we 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 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.

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Created On : 12-01-2012
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