Welcome to CRADESC
We advocate action for social justice in Africa.
CRADESC (Center forResearch and Action on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) is a thinkthank and an advocacy framework in French-speaking West Africa and the Sahel, acting exclusively for the consideration of economic, social and cultural rights. .
It is positioned as a center for research and action on legislation, public policies and practices affecting social, economic and cultural rights in West Africa and the Sahel.
Extreme poverty - an income of less than two dollars a day - is declining around the world, but it continues to increase in sub-Saharan Africa, where it affects 41.1% of the entire population. In 2015, this region of the continent concentrated more than half of the world's poor with 413.3 million alone out of a total of 736 million poor people in the world.
Access to basic education, health care, shelter and food, ecological disasters leading to forced displacement, economic and ecological migration are the determinants of this vicious circle of poverty.
The exacerbation of the precariousness of poor populations attests to the depth of economic and social inequalities as indicated by the still alarming indicators on the continent. African states are delaying, despite the high impoverishment thresholds of their societies, in making the equitable redistribution of resources a top priority.
In this context, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) occupy a secondary position in the human rights implementation agendas, despite their intrinsic links with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Objectives of CRADESC
- Œuvrer pour la Justiciabilité effective des Droits Economiques, Sociaux et Culturels dans les juridictions Francophones pour une consolidation de l’Etat de droit en Afrique de l’Ouest.
- Provide strategic support to governments and other national, regional and international decision-makers in the formulation and implementation of legislation, public policies and other initiatives relating to economic, social and cultural rights.
- Produce research and promote local knowledge aimed at the realization of economic, social and cultural rights and an impact on social change.
- Support and strengthen the capacities of citizens, communities, civil society organizations for their effective participation and control of public policies and private initiatives affecting their economic, social and cultural rights.
Nations built on social justice, respect for dignity through the decompartmentalization of human rights for the effective realization of the economic, social and cultural rights of citizens and peoples living in harmony in stable states.
CRADESC works exclusively for the recognition, respect and protection of economic, social and cultural rights with a view to contributing to endogenous, sustainable and inclusive development based on social justice, equity and human dignity.
While aiming for geographical coverage of the whole of West Africa with a continental vocation, CRADESC's approach is intended to be strategic and consolidating. It will involve intervening first in Senegal where it is established and establishing its legitimacy as a reference institution on ESC rights before intervening in the various countries of West Africa with a special focus. on ECOWAS and Sahel countries.
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