Government Projects / Initiatives

Centre for Empowerment of Differently Abled (CEDA)

EDII has set up ‘Centre for Empowerment of Differently Abled (CEDA)’ at the Institute supported by Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Directorate of Social Defence, Gujarat State Handicapped (Divyang) Finance & Development Corporation, Govt. of Gujarat. The centre has been set up to promote entrepreneurship, employability and livelihood activities among the differently abled.

The project is aimed at unleashing the entrepreneurial potential of the differently abled through capacity building and training to ensure enterprise creation, employability and sustainable livelihood options.

 

In this 5-year project, sanctioned in 2021, efforts will be focussed on conducting entrepreneurship and livelihood training to empower people with disabilities to train them to initiate entrepreneurial ventures in domains of their interest and convenience. The Centre will also undertake research to steer policies in this direction. 

 

The tangible outcomes of the project would be visible in terms of sensitisation of 11,500 participants and hardcore training of 12000 of these, thus resulting in improved economic patterns; higher incidence of employment, entrepreneurship and livelihood, inclusive growth, empowerment, setting up of close to 4800 enterprises and generation of around 9600 employment opportunities.

Objectives

The centre will aim at promoting entrepreneurship, employability and livelihood activities among the divyangjan. Through an all-inclusive approach, the centre will sensitise, train and build capacities of the differently abled, thus resulting in improved economic patterns; higher incidence of employment, entrepreneurship and livelihood, inclusive growth, empowerment, setting up of new enterprises and generation of employment opportunities.

 

To unleash the entrepreneurial potential of the differently abled through capacity building and training to ensure enterprise creation, employability and sustainable livelihood options.

Vision

“Mainstreaming divyangjan through sustainable economic empowerment for self-reliance, autonomy and inclusivity”.

Activities

Sensitisation and Awareness Creation:

CEDA works in rural as well as urban areas of Gujarat to sensitize the divyangjan and spreads awareness about adopting entrepreneurship as a career. CEDA conducts the following programmes for sensitization and awareness creation.

  • Entrepreneurship Awareness Programmes (EAP)
  • Entrepreneurship Orientation Programmes (EOP)
  • Community Outreach Programmes (COP)

Policy Research and Publication:

Policy research, dissemination of findings and publications ensure advocacy in addition to creating a knowledge infrastructure, based on which outcome based activities are designed. One of the important responsibilities of CEDA is to undertake policy research and publications. Following are some of the research and publication activities of CEDA:

  • Research studies •   Project profiles
  • Modules and booklets •   Impact assessment studies
  • Success stories •   Policy briefs

Capacity Building:

Capacity building will enable Divyangjan to identify viable business opportunities, develop feasible linkages available under various government schemes like MUDRA, Stand-up India, and Start-up India, and float own enterprises. Following activities are conducted for Divyangjan, under this initiative.

  • Thematic Programmes (TP)
  • Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP)
  • Trainers’ Training Programmes (TTP)

Livelihood and Skill Development:

Livelihood and Skill Development Programmes enable Divyangjan to adopt sustainable livelihoods. This, in turn, has a conspicuous impact on their personality, in terms of raised confidence, self-esteem and rewarding entrepreneurial traits. Under this activity, following livelihood and skill development training programmes are conducted for divyangjan.

  • Livelihood Programmes (LP)
  • Development Soft Skills Programmes (DSSP)

Dissemination Events:

CEDA works with the intent of organising activities and undertaking policy advocacy for the benefit of the Divyangjan. Dissemination of findings and information, as also brainstorming sessions help create awareness, spread knowledge and result in evidence based activities for the target group. The following activities provide a platform for networking and support for economic empowerment of the divyangjan:

    • Consultative Meets
    • Workshops
    • Roundtable conferences
    • Seminars

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