At ODWEP we listen to the voices of the people, as they express their experience, their needs, and their knowledge; our approach is strengthened by actively involving communities in identifying and designing responses to the threats they are facing. We put the agency, capacities, rights, and dignity of the communities we serve – of which we ourselves are a part – at the center of our programming; we believe that any durable solution to a social problem requires the empowerment of those suffering from the problem.
We seek to release everyone’s innate power for self-development. We draw on our African traditions, rich in the wisdom of collective problem-solving and community support, and we extend this wisdom across tribal, ethnic, and national boundaries. At the same time, we open ourselves to all available knowledge and wisdom of the twenty-first century.