SSDO’s rights-based approach is based on the conviction that each and every individual, by virtue of being human, is a holder of rights. A right entails an obligation on the part of the government to respect, promote, protect and fulfil it. Thus a rights-based approach involves not charity or simple economic development, but a process of enabling and empowering those not enjoying and claiming their rights.
SSDO follows the process of mobilising, organising, capacity building, engagement, learning and reflection so as to mobilise the right holders and ensure that the state is accountable, transparent, ethical and democratic. It centres in the belief that all citizens including minorities, women, disabled are holders of rights. In addition, the approach believes that people are capable of advancing their goals provided that they are facilitated to access and process information and collectively able to assess situations that affect them. SSDO underlines the importance of this approach to enable the poor and marginalised people to formulate or set their policy agenda and claim and realise their rights.
SSDO works to mobilise and organise affected people and communities. This mobilisation and organisation aimed at enhancing their collective power, increase political space and ensure effective participation to influence policies and allocation of resources that impact on their lives.
SSDO believes that partnership and alliance building are arenas of collective power in which people, organizations and networks come together with their different knowledge, experience, perspectives and resources in order to achieve commonly agreed objectives. As a process, a partnership helps to construct and socialize knowledge, views, ideas, approaches and perspectives so as to generate individual and collective power to influence policies, claim rights and promote democratic governance. SSDO believes that effective communication, trust, mutual accountability and transparency are major bloodlines of genuine partnerships with CSOs, social movements and networks.
SSDO intends to go beyond the traditional meaning of participation that rely on manufacturing consent, manipulate consensus or extract cheap labour or other kind of contribution. SSDO would encourage and support critical engagement with state and policy makers while enhancing effective participation and communication among communities and people.