Genesis of SEDP

In view of prevailing food shortage, socio-political unrest during the period from mid-sixties up to mid seventies particularly in West Bengal and its neighbourhood it was needed concerted and committed societal and developmental efforts. The Diocese of Barrackpore , Church of North India - CNI as one of the civil society groups in that context decided to take up the extremely challenging and demanding task of responding in an effective manner to the critical social, economic and political needs of the time. At that juncture the Diocese took the pioneering decision to establish Socio Economic Development Programme (SEDP)

Vision of SEDP
The vision of SEDP is an alternative people centered society based upon universally accepted human values of justice, peace, solidarity, equality, participation, self-reliance and sustainability.

Socio Economic Development Programme (SEDP) strives to work in the most neglected and disadvantaged rural areas of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha, especially with the Adivasis and Dalits, Forest Dwellers, Rural Workers / Artisans, and Disadvantaged Children. Towards the realization of the long-term vision, SEDP, intends to promote the authentic organizations of the poor and marginalised for renewing, restoring, re-establishing and further enhancing humane values and rights, gender equity, self governance, sustainable livelihood with dignity. In this Mission, SEDP shall be guided by a people-centered participatory approach of development.

Geographical Coverage
SEDP geo-specific projects are dispersed over ecologically fragile 200 villages and hamlets spread over 17 Blocks in 8 Districts of Odisha, Jharkhandand and West Bengal.

Reference Groups
The Excluded Groups, the Hard Core Poor, people belonging to Scheduled Tribes / Adivasi, Scheduled Castes / Dalit and other disadvantaged and vulnerable including the Women, Children.

Core Areas of Programmatic Intervention
Capacity Enhancement & Empowerment of Communities for Self Reliance and Dignity, Organisation Development & Good Governance, Women in Development and Gender, Sustainable Livelihood, Water and sanitation, Ecology and Environment, Community Health, Child Right, Micro Enterprise Development & Income Generation, Rehabilitation of the Differently- able persons and Advocacy Initiatives.

Infrastructure Available for Training and Relevant Activities
SEDP possesses a no of Community Centers and other Office Equipment and Four (4) well Equipped Residential Training Centers.

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