OVERVIEW OF Community Driven Development  Unit


The Community-Driven Development (CDD) Unit handles the design, implementation and management of community-led projects and programmes both within PDA and on behalf of partners. The CDD Unit views communities as subjects of change and development partners in their own right, rather than as mere receivers of public and private goods and services or objects of charity. For this reason the CDD Unit places premium on the role that communities and their institutions, organisations and stakeholders play in decisions about the economic and social development processes that directly affect the well-being of their members.
The work of the CDD Unit is interrelated to all the other units of PDA. In our quest to facilitate the development of communities we undertake participatory research, train district partners and community leaders in leadership and evidence-based advocacy skills and link them to district or national institutions. Where necessary, in partnership with like-minded organisations, especially those based at the districts, we undertake direct advocacy in the areas of local governance and accountability.


CDD envisages a country where communities have capacities to plan and implement their own development agenda; improve local accountability mechanisms, take a keen interest in decentralization, food security and education; ensure proper urban sanitation and waste management measures and support the integration of traditional and religious leaders (chiefs, queenmothers, pastors, imams, etc) as agents of change.

We envisage a community where vulnerable, marginalised and minority groups participate actively in the development process for inclusive society. CDD envisages a community where every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed. A just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive communities in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

CDD envisages a community where the youth is empowered to make positive impact on society. A community that imparts entrepreneurial and social enterprise development skills in young people to create descent employment, cooperation and active participation in decision making and governance processes.


CDD works with communities, governments, local assemblies and like-minded partners to facilitate community-led development using sustainable, innovative and participatory approaches. The CDD Unit facilitates a process of self-belief and self-reliance; attitudinal and behavioural change on the part of communities who over the years have lost confidence in their own capabilities. In our work with communities or marginalised groups, we employ various participatory tools and methods such as Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) approach, Citizen Government Engagement (CGE), Social Accountability, Outcome Mapping among others.


Specific objectives of the Unit includes:

  • To facilitate processes that empower poor or marginalised communities, and marginalised groups to take initiatives for their own socio-economic development.
  • To promote and/or facilitate the active participation of communities in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • To support and advocate for improved local governance – both traditional and decentralisation.
    To enhance local capacity through local level coordination, training, facilitation and technical support.

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