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In India, one of SWISSAID's focus is promotion of people's cooperative movement for livelihood development in the central and western states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chattisgad. We work particularly with the people who are adversely affected by unequal economic development and are victims of structural violence. The main focus population is women, adivasis (indigenous communities) and dalits (lower-caste Hindus, or "untouchables").
The SWISSAID programme in India aims to curb discrimination and infringement of human rights by democratizing civil society institutions and empowering the most marginalized to fight for their rights. To achieve this goal, we strengthen local decision-making bodies and interest groups, such as Adivasi organisations and women's self-help groups. The idea is to enable both women and men to participate in the decision-making process.
Ensuring food security is a core area of intervention: SWISSAID supports people's organizations in their efforts to develop, manage and control their livelihood sources to ensure food security. We promote sustainable farming, we halp Dalits manage natural resources, and we support landless families to generate income opportunities besides farming.