Community Driven Development

Community-driven development (CDD) empowers participating citizens and communities to control the development process, resources, and decision-making to address their self-identified needs. The community typically plans and builds a project, going on to monitor its progress.

Problems and Purpose

Community-driven development (CDD) programs aim to improve "transparency, participation, accountability, and enhance local capacity." [1]

Origins and Development

Participant Recruitment and Selection

How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

"Experience has shown that when given clear and transparent rules, access to information, and appropriate technical and financial support, poor communities can effectively organize to identify community priorities and address local problems by working in partnership with local governments and other institutions to build small-scale infrastructure and deliver basic services." [1]

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

World Bank

Community Driven Development: Community Investment in Rural Areas Project in Bolivia


[1] World Bank. (2021, March 19). Community-Driven Development.

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