Community Action Network (CAN) is a social-justice Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), that places people at the heart of change. We seek to create a more just and equal society that has the well-being of people as citizens at its heart.
We work with people to assert their rights to participate fully as subjects of their own lives, to have their voices heard and to have their choices respected, within a human rights framework. We seek to develop leadership and participative democracy.
Our Guiding Principles
Poverty and exclusion are socially determined and are rooted in the denial of rights, in political, cultural and economic structures. They are not the consequence of the frailty or inadequacy of individuals.
The struggle for social justice requires creativity, imagination and a process of ongoing inquiry and learning.
Creating positive change requires shared leadership. It is built on the inherent leadership qualities of individuals and communities.
People who live with inequality and injustice have the capacity to guide their own development, to engage confidently with prevailing power structures, and to direct those structures towards addressing inequality.
Change emerges through a complex web of social interaction, and by paying attention to the interconnection and interdependence of people with each other and with the planet.
In times of complexity and uncertainty, we are challenged to think systemically.
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