Building resilient communities

Capacity development enables resilience

Our goal

DCA supports capacity development and empowerment of individuals, local leaders and communities so they can claim their rights and hold authorities accountable to build resilient communities.

DCA promotes the right to food and diversified income opportunities to reduce inequality and vulnerability by ensuring sustainable and adaptive use of land, water, plants and animals. In addition, DCA focuses on agro-ecologic production, savings and loans groups, value-chain development, inclusive business and disaster risk reduction.

Communities that DCA works with are exposed to adverse global economic impacts, poor governance, frequent disasters, as well as the effects of climate change. Supporting them to manage risk and adapt accordingly is a specific focus in DCA’s resilience work. This is linked to humanitarian response, where relevant, in order to create a nexus between long-term development and emergency interventions.

We also help build self-confidence, trust and community structures where the poorest gain a voice and enter into dialogue with the authorities at different levels to promote more pro-poor national policies.

In our work, we focus on:

  • Promoting peoples’ right to food through
    • Availability by increasing production through agro-ecologic resource management and integrated production systems that are locally adapted.
    • Access by enhancing income generation opportunities, local saving and loan systems and value chain integration.
    • Adequacy by promoting diversified production systems and improved handling and storage practices
    • Global advocacy forresilience, land rights and responsible business conduct.
  • Promoting innovative partnerships focusing on scaling up partners’ potential and engage in strategic liaison with research & knowledge institutions, private sector actors and networks that share our goals to integrate and use innovative technologies and methods in agricultural production.
  • Reducing vulnerability, marginalisation, discrimination and economic exclusion. DCA and partners will do this to help empower local individuals, leaders and communities to form and take part in inclusive and sustainable development initiatives and to influence governments and private sector actors to adhere to principles of responsible and inclusive investments benefiting the poor. This also includes organisation to influence political structures, advocacy in the countries where DCA works and global advocacy.
  • Preventing conflict and building safer communities through armed violence reduction and humanitarian mine action in areas of post-conflict and protracted social conflict, and through minimising conflict over scarce resources for access to livelihoods. Promoting dialogue between conflicting groups for peaceful coexistence and reconciliation.

Our programmes

Safer Communities
We work with communities to reduce the threat and consequence of conflict and armed violence.

Humanitarian Assistance
We work with partners to strengthen their preparedness and capacity for fast and accountable humanitarian response.

Right to Food
We work in a sustainable livelihoods framework to reduce hunger and achieve the right to food.

Active Citizenship
We work with our partners to ensure that the key principles of participation, accountability, non-discrimination and equality.