CEDEP’s mission is to assist the marginalised/excluded and vulnerable to become effective partners in sustainable development. This can only be meaningful through a process of empowerment of individuals and groups. The focus of this empowerment shall be the three pillars of basic needs crucial to the achievement of the quality life: health, education and livelihood. In an environment where access to basic services and resources are disproportionately skewed against the poor and voiceless, it also becomes imperative for CEDEP to intervene in the promotion of good local governance, gender development as well as pursue advocacy measures that strongly communicate the needs and concerns of the target sector in policy deliberations and decisions-making.
CEDEP Development Strategy
Thus, the overall strategy of CEDEP is the empowerment of the marginalized/excluded and vulnerable in the society to have sustainable access to:
* Quality primary health
* Quality basic education
* Gainful livelihood
This shall be achieved by:
- Implementing a rights-based and integrated programme that facilitates
- Self diagnosis of need and solutions by the marginalized/excluded and vulnerable groups
- Mobilization of local capitals assets as well as functional linkages with external sources
- Building local community structures to implement monitor and evaluate programme activities and outcome
A. Primary Health Programme
CEDEP health programme focuses on health promotion by providing relevant health information for people to make informed decisions about their health. The programme also focuses on collecting, analyzing and communicating the right information to people. The programme has hitherto done a number of projects in reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDs and TB. It believes in harnessing the resources of the communities to reach out to the largest number of the target population as possible. Consequently, the programme works through local NGOs and CBOs.
B. Sustainable Livelihood Programme
The programme focuses on exploring all capital assets (financial, physical, natural, human and social) within CEDEP cathment areas for alternative economic opportunities for the marginalised/excluded and vulnerable groups. This implies a proactive investigation that takes advantage of people’s knowledge of their environment and technical expertise of established research and academic institutions. Concomitantly, the feasibility of economic ventures, including the very crucial question of sustainable markets and linkages with financial institutions is explored within the programme. This also includes approaches that explore the savings and credit potentials of the marginalised groups and using such information as a lever to link them to the vibrant business world.
C. Basic Education Programme
The main thrust of this programme is to improve on the level of awareness on the importance of education for all. Measures to ensure that males and female children of especially poor households have sustained access to quality basic education is pursued within the programme. These measures are characterised by rights approach and by innovative means of resources mobilization within the community, including social networking that allow children to participate regularly and productively in classes. Active participation of community members in school management is pursued together with the improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching methods and learning.
D. Good Governance
The programme focuses on two key issues: promoting literacy on basic laws and political process that affect people’s lives and promoting accountability as a keystone of democracy. The latter involves 1. internal CEDEP processes that promote accountability to its constituents and 2. using the best practices in Ghana and in other countries to engage communities and state agencies. Currently, CEDEP has an accountability notice board and has subjected itself voluntarily for assessment under the NGO Standards project coordinated by POSDEV. The former involves training and sensitization on governance, civic and human rights, advocacy, leadership for the most marginalised especially women and the youth. Under this programme, CEDEP also promote network building across a range of CBOs to enable them to participate in and advocate on local governance issues.
CEDEP’s Gender Programme like good governance and advocacy is mainstreamed into the core programmes. It is headed by a Programme officer who coordinates all gender related projects and ensures that all our programmes are gender sensitive. The programme seeks to empower men and women thereby enabling them to develop themselves and to function well in the society. In line with the global debate on affirmative action, and the recognition that women are disadvantaged relative to men, the programme offers differentiated support for women and girl children in politics, economic ventures and in schools respectively among others.
CEDEP’s advocacy strategy is linked with its service delivery activities in the communities. The programme combines marketing and communication of CEDEP’s community works, which in its present form focuses on publication and documentation to carry our message across. It is strategically located in Accra to facilitate better engagement with the main sources of policy making.