Tuesday, 11 February 2014

WHAT IS COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT (CDD)?

WHAT IS COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT (CDD)?

CDD is a way to design and implement development policy and projects that facilitates access to social, human and physical capital assets for rural people by creating the condition for:

• Transforming rural development agents from top-down planners into client oriented service providers;

• Empowering rural communities to take initiatives for their ownsocioeconomic development (i.e., building on community assets);

• Enabling community level organizations – specially those of the rural poor – to play a role in designing and implementing policies and programmes that effect their livelihoods; and

• Enhancing the impact of public expenditures on the local economy at the community level

CDD appreciates:

• the role that community-based organizations (CBOs) play in decisions about the economic and social development processes that directly affect the livelihood of their members;

• the development of a culture within public administration that views communities as subjects of change and development partners in their own right, rather than as mere receivers of the benefits of public expenditure.

According to this definition, CDD refers more to the way a policy or a project is designed and implemented than to the content of a policy or to the components of an investment project or programme.

CDD objectives

The overall objective of CDD is to enable rural poor people to overcome poverty sustainably, more equitably and with more efficient use of resources. This may be achieved by:

• Establishing an enabling institutional environment for the emergence of dynamic community organizations;

• Developing community-level rural infrastructure;

• Fostering the local economy at the community level;

• Diversifying the sources of external support for CBOs.