Development cooperation ,20.08.2013

Community Center


The primary goal of the project is to provide a structure in the Dalit villlage of Haldipada in Odisha that will make it possible for the villagers to have access to year-round accommodation, training facilities and employment directly in the village itself.The village hall or community centre project's immediate objective is to enable the villagers' vocational training, employment and professional activity in their home village as well as provide year-round protection from possible flooding and torrential rain. A broader goal is to empower and improve the local Dalit families as well as the socioeconomic standing of female artisans affiliated to the RAWHAAN group, and to plan together with them a sustainable development programme for Haldipada. The structure which is the target of the project is needed as a location for work, training, meetings, storage and shelter. The workspace will allow the villagers to carry out their basketware handicrafts in a much better environment than outdoors or in confined interiors. The community centre space will make it possible to provide education, for example, and human working conditions throughout the year. In addition to the provision of the building, the application includes renovation of existing village buildings and their adaptation to the demanding local weather conditions. Grass roofs can not withstand heavy rains, which have increased dramatically in the last few years. Roof structures are under development that respect traditional building methods while also providing protection for mud walls. Drainage and rain water collection systems are also being built for the village.


  • 2013: 20 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Aid to environment
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Vocational training 40%
  • Rural development 30%
  • Low-cost housing 30%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • elderly people
  • people with disability
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

  • Tikau Share ry



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