South Asia

Citizenship

Inclusive citizenship for accountable governance

Food security

Resilient livelihoods and sustainable food security

Emergencies

Humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction

Migrants

Promoting migrants’ rights

Growing wealth - extreme poverty

South Asia is home to one fifth of the world’s population. Despite being among the fastest growing regions in the world, it is also home to the largest number of poor people on earth.

It is a land of extreme and inequalities. The gulf between the rich and the poor is increasing.) While several hundred million people now have Western spending power and lifestyles, 600 million people live in extreme poverty (that is, for less than 1 dollar a day).

It is also a significant source region for semi-skilled or low skilled migrant labor worldwide. The caste system highly influences life in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh where more than 260 million casteless (still) do not have the most basic human rights.

Women and children are the most vulnerable to all forms of discrimination. Girls are discriminated against from their conception and the preference for a son is strong.

Climatic and geological conditions make South Asia one of the most disaster-struck areas in the world. The region is prone to frequent natural disasters and internal conflicts, political instability and other human induced disasters leaving prolonged adverse impact on human lives and wellbeing.

Poor and oppressed sections of the population are often forced to live in the most exposed and remote areas of land, and it is those without land, migrants and urban slum dwellers who are most vulnerable when it comes to natural disasters when floods and cyclones rage.

WHAT WE DO IN South ASIA

DanChurchAid has worked with humanitarian assistance and long-term development in South Asia for over 30 years.

Through our regional office in Nepal we work in Bangladesh and India in several thematic areas with our work focusing on disaster risk reduction, climate change and humanitarian response, resilient livelihoods and food security, active citizenship and migrants’ rights, among others.

Nepal is our focus country for South Asia from 2013 and we are moving towards more regional programming in future.

Our work in South Asia focuses on:

  • dotPromoting Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance
  • dotProtecting the rights of Migrant workers
  • dotEnsuring resilient Livelihood for sustainable food security
  • dotHumanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

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South Asia Regional Office

GPO Box 4844, Jhamshikhel
Ward No-2, Lalitpur Municipality
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 50 13 550/505
Email : dcasouthasia@dca.dk

India Office

14, Palam Marg,Vasant Vihar
New Delhi-110057
India
Phone: +91-11-26148279/80

Bangladesh Office

House #83, Road #23
Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212
Bangladesh
Phone: +88 02 8834343/14522

 

DCA believes that it is inherent to the dignity of every human being to be able to enjoy one’s equal right to participate in and influence developments within one’s community and country, regardless of one’s religion, gender, ethnicity, caste, sexual orientation, etc. DCA’s overall policy goal is that poor women and men and representative of civil society organizations enjoy their equal right to participate to further democratic, inclusive and accountable governance for equitable development. We emphasize on on participation, freedom of association, assembly, expression and Right to Information.

Our program involves engagement of poor men and women in decision-making structures in the electoral process at the local level, though discrimination continues to be the core issue. The focus is on building partner capacity on strategic advocacy and skills in political and power analysis.

The programme has focused on specific social, economic, religious and cultural discrimination that exist in the region and the groups that perpetrate and suffer from them.

During the course of the programme, work has focused predominantly on Dalits and minorities, with limited engagement with Adivasis.

There has been a consistent emphasis on gender, especially around issues of mobilisation, leadership and violence.

There was considerable use of legal intervention, organization around issues, expansion of human rights education and democratic space for minorities, as well as advocacy and lobbying by partners on civil and economic rights of discriminated groups within the framework of the constitution of respective countries, and its range of progressive and inclusive legislation.

DCA’s regional programme on Resilient Livelihood and Sustainable Food Security (RLSFS) in South Asia represents the second phase of our former Right to Food (RtF) Programme (2006-12 with 2 year extension) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme (2008-12), and is currently being implemented through various partners in Nepal, India and Bangladesh under a five year programme cycle (2013-17).

This holistic merged strategy is an attempt to address the interrelated issues of RtF, DRR and climate change adaptation through developing a model of synergy between thematic programmes of DCA in South Asia and could demonstrate the path for an effective integrated replicable approach across other DCA regional offices and countries and also bring in learning for other organisations.

DCA has recognized the need of programme synergy between DRR and RtF when it comes to issues of hunger, food security and livelihood amidst conditions that are vulnerable and at risk.

A stand-alone programme either on DRR or RtF would hardly be able to auger adequate positive changes in the lives of marginalized communities. Hyogo Frame work for Action also promotes food security as an important factor in ensuring the resilience of communities to hazards, particularly in areas prone to droughts, floods, cyclones and other hazards that can weaken agriculture-based livelihoods, hence it is urgent and imperative to adhere to such guidelines to ensure sustainability of the program.

This, regional programme on RLSFS is the outcome of a wider level consultation with vulnerable communities at risk, community institutions, volunteer task forces,government and civil society organizations and their network in all the three countries to ensure synergy between approaches to DRR and sustainable livelihood.

DCA Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Risk Reduction programme addresses vulnerabilities in anticipation of predictable or recurring events to reduce the effects of disasters on people, property and the environment and provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the people affected by conflicts and natural disasters.

Being a humanitarian and rights- based organization, DCA South Asia links its humanitarian actions with long term development programmes especially with the Right to Food programme.

DanChurchAid as a part of ACT Alliance has been working for more than two decades in South Asia region by providing humanitarian assistance in both sudden onset and slow onset disasters such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones, fire and drought, complex crises caused primarily by war and conflict.

In addition, DCA Humanitarian programme interventions are usually followed by comprehensive DRR programming combining food security, DRR and climate change adaptation.

DCA, along with ACT partners in the region, advocates for local populations where core humanitarian principles and standards are not respected. DCA continuously works in strengthening stakeholders’ knowledge of Sphere Standards and HAP benchmarks, especially the development of complaints mechanisms, the provision of adequate information, and fostering of meaningful participation of disaster and conflict-affected communities.

DCA’s humanitarian action is responding to humanitarian crises mostly through short term stand-alone projects and in many cases linking immediate response interventions to our Right to Food and Disaster Risk Reduction and livelihood interventions.

The regional Migrants’ Rights Programme (MRP) (2012-16) comes under DCA’s global Active Citizenship Programme.

It represents the second phase of the former Asia Safe Migration (ASM) Programme (2007-11), and is currently being implemented through DCA’s Regional Offices in South Asia (SARO), Cambodia, and Burma/ Myanmar.

It works with partners in seven core countries: India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, and Malaysia.

The focus of the programme lies on securing migrant workers’ rights through the entire cycle of migration, from origin, through transit, at destination, and at return to their home country.

The three SARO countries are mainly sending countries in this scenario, although India also plays the role of transit country for many migrants going further afield.

The programme’s main objectives, in line with this focus, are:

  1. dotThe empowerment of migrant workers to claim their rights
  2. dotIncreased accountability of governments and other duty bearers responsible for ensuring rights of migrant workers, as a result of civil society interventions
  3. dotThe strengthening of civil society organizations and government institutions working with migrants and for migrants’ rights

South Asia Regional Office

GPO Box 4844, Jhamshikhel
Ward No-2, Lalitpur Municipality
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 50 13 550/505
Email : dcasouthasia@dca.dk

India Office

14, Palam Marg,Vasant Vihar
New Delhi-110057
India
Phone: +91-11-26148279/80

Bangladesh Office

House #83, Road #23
Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212
Bangladesh
Phone: +88 02 8834343/14522