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Community Driven Development
Bringing It Back To Communities


Community Ownership
Bringing it Back to Communities

In times of disasters, you will have many questions running through your head:


"What now?" 


"How can I mobilize my community, organization, disaster recovery team...?"


Community Driven Development training can provide the answers you seek. 


Community Driven Development empowers people to have a say in the decisions that impact them. It provides the tools necessary to achieve community ownership. When people feel they are being listened to and have positively contributed toward a common goal, that pride in ownership ensures long-term success in their initiatives.


Bringing it Back to Communities is based on the belief that people and the communities they live in have what it takes to be key players in issues that affect them by coming together and using their local resources. After all, who is better prepared to tackle problems in a community than those who have based their lives around it?

How Does CDD Work?


Community Driven Development (CDD) dives into the heart of each community, creating steady leadership and forming communication channels in times of normalcy and during the unknowns of a calamity. CDD empowers communities to run independently, which allows them to bridge the gap between government aid and people’s varied needs.

Through Community Driven Development training, Walu works with a community’s leadership team and its residents to find its collective voice. This training is critical to:


  • Empowering members to address current needs

  • Preparing them for future disasters where government intervention isn't available

  • Equipping them to find solutions to issues that are impacting them

CDD is beneficial in:

  • Schools

  • Homeless Projects

  • Disaster Recovery 

  • Non-Profits

  • Groups 

  • Clubs

  • Churches

  • Municipalities

Because Walu works directly with communities versus solely providing theoretical training, this training can be adapted around the culture and needs of the trainees. 

Why Community Driven Development?

Why is CDD vital for our communities, organizations, and government agencies?

Communities know their people, culture, terrain, resources, politics, history, needs, and obstacles better than an outsider. Projects are more successful when the people behind them are empowered and equipped with the proper tools. 

Communities that regularly use CDD to resolve day-to-day issues fare better during a calamity because they were already working together to accomplish a common goal.


Globally, communities are constantly dealing with disasters, and they often feel a gap between their needs and what aid the government provides them. CDD minimizes that gap as all entities come together for the good of the people. 

“After the CZU fire, many of us lost our homes. It has become very clear that we need a way for the community to create, in a structured way, communication with our government and local agencies about the needs from this catastrophic disaster. Walu was identified as an experienced resource to help achieve a process to alleviate this burden.” Julie W - Fire Victim

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