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. This should be regardless of one’s religion, gender, ethnicity, caste, sexual orientation etc. DCA’s overall policy goal is that poor women, men and representatives of civil society organizations enjoy their equal right to participate and encourage democratic, inclusive and accountable governance for equitable development. We emphasize on participation, freedom of association, assembly, expression and right to information.
Our programme involves engagement of poor men and women in decision-making structures and 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 as well as power analysis.
The programme has focused on the 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, the 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 mobilization, leadership and violence.
The programme focuses on legal intervention, organizes around central issues, expands human rights education and democratic space for minorities, as well as advocates and lobbies on civil and economic rights of discriminated groups. All of this is done within the framework of the constitution of the respective countries and its range of progressive and inclusive legislation.