Actividades Economicas De La Civilizacienda is a grassroots organization in India that seeks economic and social advancement of its member communities. It was founded by an indigenous leader called Diosdado Macapagal, who remains in prison serving a long sentence for his civil disobedience activities. It is a grassroots organization and any information about its work and achievements can be obtained through its website at the link below. It has been instrumental in fighting for the basic rights of its community members, especially the poor, rural poor.
The primary function of Actividades Economicas De La Civilizacienda (ADA) is to educate and promote awareness on the rights of the people living in the remote and poor rural areas. It believes that everyone has the right to live in dignity and with basic economic conditions that are guaranteed by the state. It also promotes the consolidation of rural economic resources for development so that the residents have a sense of security and are no longer fearful of insecurity due to sudden changes in the climate of their lives. For this, it organizes social events such as fairs and festivals and helps the people to improve their lifestyle by teaching them how to develop their skills for economic sustainability.
One of the goals of the ADA is to build a strong and united front among different sectors of the community so that they can fight for the development of their communities and for the economic welfare of all the local tribes, who are still struggling to survive in the wake of recent devastating natural disasters. It aims to build a culture that values the cultural values of the indigenous communities in the Amazonian basin, such as their culture, heritage, and religion, and their rich history and culture. In addition, it is working hard to preserve the Rainforest Biosphere Reserve and is elevating the importance of local peoples' right to self determination. Through these activities, the groups have achieved a wide popular support base among the local people. These include the establishment of participatory elected bodies, the setting up of an intergenerational dialogue for the formulation of policies that uphold the rights of tribal communities to decide their own futures, and promotion of the sustainable use and management of natural resources such as forests, wildlife, and air, water, and soil.
The basic principles of ADA are inclusive of the right to self-determination, equal enjoyment of all human rights and freedom, the right to determine cultural identity, the right to participate in the decision-making process, and protection of their natural resources. Within this framework of programs and projects, there are different sectors that have been developed by means of the participatory involvement such as economic, social, cultural, educational, and environment sectors. In terms of environment, sustainable tourism has been developed through the measures taken in beautification and preserving nature. By preserving the Amazonian rainforest and ensuring environmental justice, it has ensured that the poor economic conditions of the people have been alleviated. In the economic sector, it seeks to build a sustainable economy by promoting economic diversification, increasing opportunities in employment, and enhancing education and health services.
In terms of education, it encourages the right of parents, students, and teachers to make decisions regarding education. Through community education projects and school campaigns, the educational system in rural areas is . . . . . . improved by ensuring quality education for all. In terms of cultural, programs that promote sports, art, music, theater, and culture as well as legal support for communities that face particular problems in integrating indigenous customs, social values, and institutions are being implemented.
In terms of the cultural and educational sectors, these aim at promoting good family values, encouraging the participation of women in economic activities, preventing illiteracy, promoting literacy and boosting the economy. Through participatory budgeting, the government ensures that funds allocated for different projects are used effectively. Educational institutions also receive funds from the schools and colleges. These projects include scholarships, grants, and internships. They also promote awareness about AIDS and nutrition.
Other projects focus on encouraging sports and encouraging physical fitness. The idea is that physical fitness will help a person in becoming more employable and reduce sickness and unemployment. By making the community healthier and more active, you can also help them in combating diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. Another major educational program that has been implemented focuses on promoting media literacy.
Through participatory budgeting, you get to decide on how to allocate your resources. With this, you help plan and implement an economic development program that works for the benefit of the entire community. It also aims at providing a better quality of life, increasing jobs and income, and preventing crime. In addition to that, the program aims at strengthening the community's sense of security, thus, preventing insecurity. Thus, through participatory budgeting, you get a say in how your resources are being used.