A society that is just, peaceful and humane, and develops in a sustainable and equitable manner.


Centre for Development strives to work with the oppressed, exploited and deprived communities, inculcate values of equality, justice and fraternity and empower them through mobilization, education and advocacy networking.


Centre for Development (CfD) was established in 1996, to address the issue of child labour in the poorer areas of Ahmedabad city. It took sustained efforts of CfD to get these children back to school. This process deepened its understanding - there were no easy solutions to child labour; it is intricately linked to urban poverty, displacement and violence. For years the poor in Gujarat have been reeling under the impact of recurring communal violence, unemployment and impoverishment, and the continuous eviction and displacement of slum dwellers in urban areas. For CfD, it has been a long journey that began with formal education for urban poor children culminating in the engagement with rights issues of vulnerable groups. The ambit of our work thus expanded to work with women, youth, and other critical stakeholders on issues like human rights, violence against women, peace and communal harmony through formation of two community based organizations.

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