Human dignity and development are two sides of the same coin. When everyone in the community is able to live with dignity, social and economic development of every member of that community is guaranteed.
Unfortunately, it has been a trend, especially in the developing countries, to treat the two concepts as mutually exclusive. Development plans and projects are not designed to create conditions that respect, protect and affirm human dignity, while human rights, which is a key aspect of human dignity is regarded as an obstacle to development. Consequently, certain groups of people become marginalized and vulnerable and face various problems such as violation of their fundamental rights, extreme poverty, isolation, limited access to social services, unemployment, and lack opportunity to attain self-fulfillment and adequately contribute to nation building.
At DK, we strongly believe that once people’s dignity is safeguarded, everything else will fall into place; hence the name “DIGNITY Kwanza”.