What We Do
Our main intervention areas are these:
We Work with communities in the Global South
We work in 15 countries across Africa, South East and South Asia and Central and South America on development projects and programs, education and social awareness, emergency aid and co-development.
Paz y Desarrollo, as a social organization, tries to form a political and social space oriented to address inequalities and defend people’s dignity. Thus, our objective focuses on improving the life conditions of men and women, contributing to generate self sustainable development and gender equity in each of the countries where we work.
Our main areas of intervention are the following:
Paz y Desarrollo has implemented since the year 1991 Development Projects and Programs, the majority of which are focused on ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the direct rights holders we work with.
We participate in programs and projects which guarantee improvement in sanitary conditions and facilities, food security and opportunities to promote equitable conditions for girl and boy children in the education system. Paz y Desarrollo has mainly focused its work in productive development in the agricultural sector and employment promotion through micro businesses.
The main feature of our development work is a gender approach to each of our actions in order to ensure an equitable distribution of the possibilities, resources and benefits amongst all the rights holders and, therefore promote a fair redistribution and contribute to make visible and eliminate discriminatory practices which provoke that millions of women and girls remain in circles of exclusion, disadvantage and impoverishment of which it is difficult to come out.
Education and Awareness Raising
We plan and implement raising awareness campaigns and education for development programs to outspread the importance of a unified and striving society which seeks fair and dignifying living conditions for all. Thus, we are constantly seeking for behavioral changes in the societies of the South and North, claiming equal opportunities and equity between women and men.
The Information-education and awareness we have been developing is one more tool for the communities in the South and North to fulfill their rights, thus acquiring the necessary assurance and capacity to influence decisions which affect their own future.
Though it might seem surprising, immigration is still considered a troublesome issue, which is not only commonly associated to socio economic factors like, the capacity destination countries may have to provide migrants with job opportunities but also associated to prejudices, cultural clashes, crime, etc.
Thus the concept of co-development emerged, which, integrates the idea of mutual benefit, that is to say, migrants can contribute to the development of their countries of origin as well as enrich and contribute to their destination countries. This transnationalism involves putting underway the creation and strengthening of networks which allow simultaneously connecting two or more realities supporting the life projects of each person.
This is why; we build our work integrating migration and development so both, the countries of origin and the destination countries can benefit from migrant flows. That is to say, it is a consensual relation between two countries in which the contribution made by women and men migrants to the destination country does not result in a loss for the country of origin.
Humanitarian and emergency aid
During 19 years of experience we have carried out different Humanitarian Aid actions to address the food, health, equipment, common residence housing use and maintenance needs of the population in different countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Thanks to fast put underway Humanitarian Aid programs, the populations have not suffered the consequences of crisis and disaster in such a drastic way.