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NEWS RELEASE – MOTION WITH CONSEQUENCES IN THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SECTOR PASSED

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MOTION WITH CONSEQUENCES IN THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SECTOR PASSED

Largest NGO Network in Europe adopts Caste & discrimination based on ‘work and descent’ as ‘root cause of poverty’ of Dalits and other excluded communities.

British Overseas NGOs in Development [BOND] with its 414+ member organisations has adopted the following Motion in its AGM held on 10th November 2014.

“This house recognises that caste and discrimination based on ‘work & descent’ actively contribute to the structural causes of poverty and inequalities among Dalits and other excluded communities. It calls for BOND members to express solidarity and work towards addressing this problem as appropriate”

The Annual BOND gathering was labelled as ‘Redefining Development: The Future beyond 2015’. The Motion was proposed by Eugene Culas of Voice of Dalit International (VODI) and Seconded by Kate Newman of Christian Aid.

BOND is the largest network of NGOs in Europe with the capacity of advising the UK Government on international development issue. Apart from supporting its members through various ways, BOND is the spoke person for UK NGOs involved in International development. BOND also plays an important role in the European NGO network, with funders and UN bodies.

The Motion was passed without opposition. Proposing, Mr. Eugene Culas explained that although many aid agencies are working with Dalits and other excluded communities, who constitute 1/3rd of the Global poor in South Asia, they do not always address the ‘root cause of their poverty’- ‘caste discrimination’; hence leave the work to be easily reversible with just one stroke of caste discriminatory action by caste perpetrators, as is seen in the everyday instances of atrocities – caste murders, lynching, gang rapes, assaults, house burnings etc.

He also pointed out the stand of the UK Department for International Development [DFID] that ‘Poverty reduction policies often fail to reach the socially excluded’, ‘unless, they are specifically designed to do so’.

Seconding, Ms. Kate Newman emphasised the ‘track record of Christian Aid working with ‘partners, to bring an end to caste based discrimination in India and across the wider South Asia region’. Ms. Newman stressed that the problem ‘is not just the problem of one country or one religion’ and asked the gathering to support the Motion and commit to it.

Eugene Culas,

Voice of Dalit International [VODI]

ICG House, Station Approach, Greenford, London UB6 0AL

Tel/Fx: 00 44 208813 2380, Email: vodi@vodintl.org.uk , Web: www.vodintl.org.uk

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