NNDSWO works for the protection and promotion of human rights of Dalit and vulnerable groups with special focus on right to nondiscrimination and social justice. It advocates for the elimination of caste based discrimination and untouchability through awareness raising, campaigning, civic education, networking, legal support and case monitoring, fact finding and litigation.
NNDSWO’s actions promote the participation of Dalit and excluded groups in decision making and governance processes and bring about changes in behavior and actions of duty bearers and stakeholders for strengthened democratic governance. Local capacity development, citizenship and voters’ rights campaign, foster interface between people, leaders and duty-bearers, alliance building, practice social accountability tools, and engaging people in local governance and budget processes are the key interventions.
NNDSWO works for protecting right to education of Dalit and vulnerable groups through formal and non-formal way. Increasing school enrolment, retention and survival rates and improving learning achievements of target groups by providing scholarship package and connecting those needy to government and private scholarship schemes are the efforts of the organization towards this end.
NNDSWO’s intervention under this theme focuses on empowering Dalit and vulnerable community to access and benefit from livelihood opportunities and generate evidences for advocating livelihood rights. Self-help Initiatives, skill training, small IGA including technical and financial inputs, and linkage support for enhancing livelihood assets are key interventions to improve household level income and reduce vulnerability. NNDSWO’s interventions for improving water, sanitation, and hygiene is also integrated with livelihood.
NNDSWO believes in evidence based advocacy, therefore it has been conducting various researches and producing reports as well as publishing IEC materials on different themes. These have become effective tools to aware public and policy makers and influence wider stakeholders on the issues of caste based discrimination and untouchability and Dalit rights