CCHD applies the following approach to enhance democratic governance:
Strive to strengthen accountability of governments to people living in poverty, particularly ensuring that citizens can hold governments to account in regard to human rights obligations.
Promote social justice and recognize that equality matters. Address discrimination in legislation and policies, and contribute towards building an environment in which excluded people have more control over their rights and that the rights of poor people are not sacrificed for aggregate gain.
Endorse poor people’s perspectives and interests and flag these for the attention of national and international policy makers.
Empower and engage poor people in the decision-making processes which affect their lives.
Upholds gender equality in all its initiatives as a must consideration.