Education: CISD believes that education is a tool that can be wielded for people’s empowerment. Thus, CISD strives to promote secular primary education for younger children as well as communal and vocational training for older children as a means to empower tribal, nomadic, and indigenous peoples.
We believe that knowledge is power, and that education is a basic human right. It is a means to lift people out of poverty, empower them to choose their own destiny, and to achieve one’s full potential as a human being. The foundation of a civilized, peaceful, and global society rests on the knowledge of its people.
Unfortunately, the lack of an education system to accommodate the tribal, nomadic, and indigenous people’s way of life leaves them behind in the globalized world. As a result, these people are plagued with low literacy rates, political disenfranchisement, and a lack of access to essential resources such as food, water, and warmth. Education is necessary for these isolated people to gain awareness and positively interact with the outside world.
Economic & Social Development: CISD supports the
economic and social development of tribal, nomadic, and indigenous people through sustainable micro-economic projects. We work to implement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Examples include our plans to promote the sale of tribal-nomadic cultural goods, as well as our agricultural development projects.
We believe that focusing on the economic and social development of a region is a moral imperative. Despite the world’s substantial increases in life-expectancy, literacy, and socio-economic development, both extreme poverty and inequality still persist.
In this regard, the tribal-nomads and indigenous people are left in the dark. They live in places that lack adequate education, infrastructure, and healthcare. Life is harsh and short for these people, while those in wealthier countries have long and happy lives. This is why it is important to give them the tools they need to achieve a better standard of living. These tribal-nomads and indigenous people deserve to benefit from the globalized economy.
Health: We will assist the tribal-nomadic and indigenous populations by providing proper health and nutritional education, via our upcoming Blue Tent Health Initiative. These tents will be run by experts in nutrition and health, with the mission of bringing information and aid to local families. This will reduce infant mortality by making sure mothers and fathers are properly prepared to bring new life into their families. Our goal is to help these families and children, and to make sure they live longer and healthier lives.
Women’s Issues: CISD advocates for the social, cultural, economic, and personal equality of women among tribal-nomadic and indigenous peoples. Our educational efforts make sure to include them as equals, and we are in the process of establishing our first Women’s Center in Quetta, Pakistan.
We believe in promoting the prosperity of women within marginalized tribal-nomadic and indigenous societies. As the most vulnerable group, tribal-nomadic women are frequent victims of discrimination, violence, domestic abuse, and trafficking. Furthermore, they lack the education and economic resources to lift themselves out of this problem. Equality cannot exist without support for women.
Migration & Globalization: We believe that tribal, nomadic, and indigenous peoples have the right to choose where they migrate. Unfortunately, forced migration exists everywhere around the globe. War, famine, natural disasters, and political upheaval force nomads to transition to a sedentary life, and push rural workers to urban areas. Some of these processes create tragic slum communities where people struggle desperately in extreme working and living conditions, with low wages and limited access to food and housing.
CISD implements research and surveys on how these volatile conditions affect the tribal-nomadic and indigenous people, and are taking steps to discover solutions this issue.
Human Rights: CISD strives to promote institutions that protect human rights and the fundamental freedoms of tribal-nomadic and indigenous peoples.
We believe that every individual has social, economic, civil, and cultural rights that must be secured, under a fair and effective justice system. Rule of law provides these people the opportunity to have lives of freedom and stability.
Poverty, discrimination, and desperation breeds social injustice. All around the globe, the rights of tribal nomadic and indigenous people are frequently denied. These peoples often become the targets of those who would use them for political or financial gain. This is not the freedom and equality to which all humans are entitled. It is a life that is stripped of human dignity. It is our mission to make sure that this tragedy does not go unnoticed.
Culture & Language: We advocate for the preservation of indigenous cultures. We conduct our programs in accordance with the cultures of the groups we work with, and seek to communicate in their native languages to the best of our ability. Knowledge of a specific language should not be a prerequisite for tribal-nomadic and indigenous groups to get any help they need.
Environment: Our organization wishes to aid in the preservation of the natural domain of tribal-nomadic and indigenous populations. Forests, rivers, grazing lands, and the surrounding resources are very important to the well-being of these people.
Agriculture: CISD is also concerned with preserving the rights of tribal, nomadic, semi-nomadic, and indigenous populations to use their land and natural resources to the full extent of their need and given liberty. We are currently performing research to discover possible projects that will further this goal.
Conflict Resolution & Prevention: The Center for International Study and Development is committed to reducing sources of conflict among tribal-nomadic and indigenous peoples. The education we provide allows tribal-nomadic youth to grow up with a secular and peaceful education. This gives them an alternative to Islamic Madrassas and radicalization. Additionally, we pursue peace through negotiation, mediation, and diplomacy.
Civic & Civil Society: We work with youth organizations for the benefit of low-income populations. This endeavor aids in the construction of their houses, and helps their crops during harvesting season.
Self-Determination: We base ourselves upon the United Nations Charter on Indigenous Peoples, articles 3 and 32: we support the development, culture and identity of indigenous and tribal-nomadic peoples.