Re-building Indigenous & Collective Identities

All Rural Development and Social Construction Society (ARUDECS) is a not-for-profit development organization striving for bringing sustainable developments in the lives of marginalized communities. It works with Adivasi, Dalit and marginal farming communities in Theni District, Tamil Nadu. ARUDECS works for building community based governance and local self-reliance. ARUDECS is working to ensure that all citizens can access rights, justice, knowledge and resources. It supports disadvantaged and marginalized communities to build their capacities, access benefits from mainstream institutions and promote sustainable development. ARUDECS works in alliance with public, private and other non profit institutions for effective implementation of Panchayat Raj Act and the Forest Rights Act.

ARUDECS was founded in 1989 by a group of youth with social concern to address the caste-based injustice and violence which had erupted in the rural area of Uthamapalayam. The movement expanded to focus on communal harmony and gender equality in rural areas. Since 2004, ARUDECS has been working on protecting and supporting the development of the Paliyan Tribes in Theni District. ARUDECS raises visibility of the Adivasi (tribal) community and helps them access their entitlements from the mainstream institutions in an amicable way.  

ARUDECS is active in wider advocacy efforts to address tribal and environmental issues. At the state level ARUDECS is a founding member of Collective Action for Forest Adivasi’s (CAFAT) and at the national level is an active member of the Ekta Parishad, National Adivasi Alliance (NAA) and the land rights movement. At international level ARUDECS works with Indigenous People’s Groups strengthening the global movement for sustainable development and human rights. ARUDECS is staffed by a dedicated and experienced team of grassroots workers from rural and tribal communities.