CCPJD has a centre for development to facilitate change that promotes condition for sustainable development especially women development to enable Rights holders claim their rights and duty bearers comply with their responsibilities and obligations. This department is saddled with the promotion, protection and preservation of Civil and Political Rights, Good Governance and Accountability, Democracy; especially ensuring that women have equal opportunity to represent their Government in accordance with the millennium development goal of 35% affirmative for women and girl child education thereby empowering and developing women in the Niger Delta. Under our Centre for Development we have Economic and Social Cultural Rights Department, In doing so we try to integrate Human Rights in development and in the economic sphere. Economic growth in the absence of adequate measures to promote inclusive and participatory development is not sustainable. Indeed, an absence of accountability and the rule of law in the economic sphere, inequality, corruption, mismanagement of public resources, austerity measures and conditionalities continue to trigger civil unrest in many parts of the world especially Nigeria, which in turn undermine the sustainability of long-term development and growth.
Economic/Social/Cultural Human Rights are referred to as second-generation rights as these rights are not usually provided for. These rights are subject to environment and social factors, and are not enforceable in the law court. For example, the right to good environment, health, education, food, work etc as contained in chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
These rights except linked up to the fundamental human rights are not automatically enforced in the law courts in Nigeria. There are certain provisions, which the government cannot guarantee as a result of the economy. For example, government on its own cannot ensure that every citizen is gainfully employed, and where employment is lacking, the individual cannot have access to good health, education etc. Therefore ECOSOC rights are heavily dependent on the economical state of a nation. However, the International Human Rights Community refutes the assertion that ECOSOC rights are second-generation rights, claiming that there is no difference between ECOSOC human rights and the fundamental human rights and should be enforceable in a law court.
The ECOSOC Rights department of CCPJD is involved among other functions with assisting the citizenry of the state in monitoring the sincerity of those policies and programs embarked upon by government and its agencies, aimed at alleviating the plight of the citizens. In achieving this purpose, the unit collects, collates and makes available information concerning the budget and policies of government as it affects those concerned. The unit also follows up on the implementation of these budget and policies in a bid to determining their effect on the people.
The ECOSOC rights department works with other organisations like ministry for women affairs, Youth and Development and NDDC (organisations working to improve the lot of the citizenry especially of the Niger Delta.). The unit monitors the implementation of budgets and execution of relevant projects in a bid to measure revenue and expenditure tendencies of these government agencies. The unit also involves community members in ascertaining the relevance and genuity of projects executed by these agencies in a bid to ascertaining transparency. In course of carrying out its functions, the unit proffers advice to community members and the government on the other’s needs and expectations.
The unit publishes a monthly update on the performance of the Niger Delta Development Commission. It also carries out Environmental Assessment programs to determine the causes, effects and solution to environmental degradation.Hunger affects everything for the world’s poorest people. We are working for a world where no one dies for want of safe, nutritious food. Our approach focuses on practical, intelligent solutions that save lives and build livelihoods via a healthy environment.
The department has also done some agricultural development research to alleviate poverty it is the main engine of growth in the economy of rural areas and developing countries. Thus, in CCPJD’s seminars individuals, regions and community-based organizations are encouraged to engage in agricultural activities such as farming, fishery, poultry etc to better their lots. It was on this note that the development department of CCPJD did a proposal to own a farmland/fish farm and intends to diversify in future. It's an ongoing program of CCPJD. The centre is looking forward to getting assistance from Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for this project
The department has also started a development project on baseline study assessment of Technical Schools in the Niger Delta to assist the youths get better skills backed up with credible credentials for a better future. After the study, the Centre members decided that the next stage of work should focus on implementation, rather than further research.
Hunger is the world’s biggest health challenge – 870 million people do not have enough to eat and 98% of them live in developing countries. We believe that no one should have to live with hunger and the damage it does. In Nigeria, hunger forces people to make tough choices that push them further into poverty: parents take their children out of school to work; families eat seeds that should be preserved for the next harvest. Lack of food also jeopardizes the well-being of families: mothers are forced to reduce the number of meals children eat; families replace nutritious foods like vegetables and beans for staples like corn and millet, parents and guidance also encourage their children or wards into prostitution The long-term effects of hunger go beyond health. Poor nutrition leads to poor performance in school and fewer opportunities. Children’s brains will not fully develop and their bodies will be stunted. This has a devastating and harmful effect on families, communities and countries. Malnutrition increases disease by weakening the immune system, making it vulnerable to the effects of diarrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria.
Today, there is an estimated three million people living with HIV and AIDS. The problem is still outpacing the global response and people in poor countries remain disproportionately affected. A recent report by the Joint United Nations program on HIV and AIDS stated that AIDS has become the leading cause of death among infants and young children in much of sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organization, AIDS is the leading cause of death globally in women of reproductive age. We focus on reducing the number of people infected, while also minimizing the impact of the virus. Malnutrition exacerbates the problems of HIV and AIDS, complicating its treatment because many anti-retroviral drugs are designed to be taken with food to assist the body in processing the drugs. When those affected by the disease no longer have to live with the ravages of hunger, they can focus better on their health and recovery. Such empowerment can renew their sense of dignity, which often suffers as a result of the stigma linked with having HIV and AIDS.
We work with local organizations and charity partners to educate communities about HIV prevention. We also work with schools, assisting in the development of life-skills programs and establishing youth clubs that promote HIV awareness and prevention.We assist in establishing and strengthening community support groups and networks for people living with HIV and AIDS. We also advocate for changes to existing laws that may affect the lives of people living with the disease.
The financial crisis in the Niger Delta and the increasing competition for ownership and control of natural resources have, in many places, translated into a serious denial of access to employment, education, health, social security, food, housing, water and other basic necessities. They have also resulted in unprecedented rural urban drifts and persons are internally displaced. In such instances, women, children, indigenous peoples, and members of disadvantaged and marginalized groups disproportionately suffer. This is exacerbated by manifestations of discrimination and extremism. Moreover, the crises have often resulted in serious violations of civil and political rights when those excluded from the national development agendas protest against their long-standing abuse and discrimination. Their call for a fair share of the pie and for dismantling structures of inequality is often met with force by those whose power and status quo are threatened.
CCPJD builds on the human rights standards and principles and its accumulated experience to develop policy frameworks, interpretative guidance and capacity-building and training tools for relevant stakeholders. In recent years, CCPJD has developed expert knowledge and materials relevant to development and economic issues, such as: the content and monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), including the scope and content of these rights as they apply to migrants in an irregular situation; the development and use of human rights indicators; human rights-based assessments of the MDG process and of political and economic policies and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and human rights-based approaches (HRBA) in development programming and budget processes. The increasing engagement of all UN human rights mechanisms with economic and development issues will build knowledge and capacity for the application of human rights in those areas.
CCPJD has developed considerable experience in highlighting the human rights dimensions and impact of economic activities and policies, including austerity measures, both globally and in specific country settings. In this context, the Office clarifies and increases awareness of the human rights responsibilities of business actors, the human rights implications of national budget planning and implementation and the obligation to devote maximum available resources to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights. Five years after the onset of the financial crisis, CCPJD is better prepared and well placed to advocate for rights-based reforms related to financial regulation and economic policies and to galvanize political will for meaningful changes that will prevent future crises. A stronger global partnership for development founded on the right to development and greater human rights policy coherence in the economic, trade, investment and financial sectors could have prevented or mitigated the crisis and must be points of emphasis in CCPJD future work, including with regards to the post-2015 development agenda.
Early warning signs of impending and imminent conflicts and the collapse of States are rooted in the continuing denial of fundamental rights in the economic, social and cultural spheres. Unless addressed, the underlying causes of gaps in the development and the economic sphere lead to repetitive cycles of violations, shrinking democratic spaces, entrenched discrimination and a blatant disregard for the rule of law.
This department also conducts advocacies, trainings, workshops and creates awareness, capacity-building, and training tools for relevant stakeholders.
Solving unemployment and attacking the problem called Hunger
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