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Poor and marginalized people have often been viewed as the target of poverty reduction efforts.   Community Driven Development (CDD) approaches turn this perception on its head, and treat poor people and their institutions as assets and partners in the search for sustainable solutions to development challenges. CDD - broadly defined - is an approach that gives control over planning decisions and investment resources to community groups and local governments. CDD programs operate on the principles of local empowerment, participatory governance, demand-responsiveness, administrative autonomy, greater downward accountability, and enhanced local capacity. Experience has shown that given clear rules of the game, access to information and appropriate capacity and financial support, poor men and women can effectively organize in order to identify community priorities and address local problems, by working in partnership with local governments and other supportive institutions.

The CDD Group at the World Bank works to:

  • improve the understanding of community driven development approaches and their role in poverty reduction;
  • improve the overall quality of lending programs using community driven techniques;
  • find ways to effectively scale-up community driven activities in our client countries.



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