OUR GOALS AND STRATEGY
OUR GOALS AND STRATEGY
Our Broad Goals
These concerns and perspective guided our work in 2010 and continue to do so into 2011. To enable us work on these concerns in a focused and productive way, we defined for ourselves in our strategic plan for 2010 to 2012 broad goals towards which to direct our efforts in the plan period. These were to: Empower organisations of the civi:
- Empower organisations of the civil society for people’s participation in governance
- Build the capacity of farmers and rural communities in Ijebu and Remo land for self determination
- Promote gender equality by increasing the recognition and integration of women as partners of men in the care of the world; Provide credit facilities to the beneficiaries of JDPC Programmes who cannot access official credits
- Create a forum for information gathering and dissemination as a community empowerment tool
- Build in the youths the capacity for life enhancing skills to enable them live a meaningful and dignified life as well as contribute positively to the development of the Church and the society
- Build the capacity of those that are incapacitated so that they can help themselves and contribute meaningfully to the society
- Propagate or popularise the Catholic Social Teaching so as to contribute to the process of social transformation
- Establish a functional Monitoring and Evaluation system for JDPC programmes.
We then broke these broad goals down to more specific and concrete objectives for our three programme units and the various projects under them. Please see the next section for those objectives and the activities we implemented to achieve them
Our central strategy in pursuing these goals and objectives rests upon the insight that for knowledge to become power, people must mobilise and organise themselves; and that the role of the JDPC Ijebu-Ode is to help catalyse this process. For us, this translates into three strategic thrusts:
- Pro-poor activism
- Solidarity and inclusive participation
- Empowerment and catalysis.
These strategic thrusts flow from our analysis of the social environment to determine the most effective way to achieve our goals and objectives in light of the existing constraints and opportunities represented by the social groups and institutions that are active in the operating environment, as well as by the norms, economic circumstances, and political realities.
Thus, our strategy of pro-poor activism flows from the recognition that the poor, who constitute more than 75% of the population, are simultaneously the greatest victims of injustice, oppression, and neglect and the most disempowered section of our society, rendered unable by systemic and contingent factors to effect the social change required to improve their social circumstances. To be meaningful in these circumstances, concern about poverty and the condition of the poor must translate into action against poverty in partnership with the poor to change the social structures and relations that disempower them and imprison them in poverty.
The strategy of solidarity and inclusive participation is our response to the reality of the lopsidedness of the distribution of social resources – including, most importantly, power – in the society. On the one hand is a gigantic concentration of these resources in the hands of a miniscule few, while on the other hand more than a hundred million Nigerians are dispossessed of power and the means to secure a dignified human existence. Only by means of solidarity and inclusive participation can these atomised millions muster enough weight to tilt the social balance of power in favour of the sort of structural change that promotes the equitable distribution of resources and that advances the democratisation of the structures and culture of governance. This strategy therefore calls for building and participating in a wide network of organisations, movements, and institutions within the general populace, the civil society, and the government to work for the desired change, in the recognition that no single organisation or sector can achieve this on its own.
This process is already going on across the country, with numerous organisations taking local action to challenge and overcome oppressive structures and practices that violate the rights and dignity of millions of Nigerians. We realise that the role of the JDPC Ijebu-Ode in this process of social change is not to undertake it on behalf of the poor and powerless. It is rather to empower them with the required knowledge, perspectives, and skills; it is to help them organise themselves; to encourage and hasten their rise to the point where they are themselves able to take on and lead their own struggle for justice, development, and peace with the JDPC marching beside them. That is the meaning of our strategy of empowerment and catalysis
We applied these strategies across our various programmes and projects in 2010. Our operational thrust was to provide effective solutions to the real-life problems of individuals and social groups in our area of operation and within our issues of concern. The aim in this was to help effect real improvements in the quality of life of people, be this in respect of access to justice, access to credit, empowerment through skill development, or access to agricultural extension services. We delivered services in these and other areas through our core programmes: the Diocesan Agricultural Development Programme (DADP), the Human Rights Programme (HRP), and the Gender Equity and Women Empowerment Programme (GEWEP).
These programmes and their projects generally cut across our issues of concern, each making its contribution to addressing those issues according to its own programmatic or project