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Bringing it Back to Communities

In times of stagnation, disaster, or when beginning a community initiative, we have many questions running through our minds:


"What now?" 


"How can I mobilize a community?"

Community Driven Development can provide the answers you seek. 


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 matters that impact them. After all, who is better prepared to drive initiatives 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 collaborative leadership and forming communication channels in times of normalcy and during the unknowns of a calamity. CDD empowers communities to bridge the gap between institutional aid and people’s varied needs. 


Walu uses CDD to equip communities to find their collective voice and empower them to be participants in matters that affect them by:

  • Utilizing facilitation

  • Applying the Participatory Method 

  • Forming community collaboration

  • Prioritizing community buy-in and ownership

  • Equipping members to identify and form community initiatives  

  • Empowering members to become producers versus recipients

CDD is beneficial in:

  • Community Initiatives

  • Schools

  • Group dynamics

  • Conflict resolution

  • Crisis/Disaster prevention and recovery

  • Interagency collaboration

  • Non-profits, clubs, and organizations

  • Refugee Programs

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

To purchase an introductory online training course for CDD, visit the Online Training Course page on our website.

Why Community Driven Development?

Why is CDD vital for our communities, organizations, and institutions?

Communities know their people, culture, terrain, resources, politics, history, needs, and obstacles better than an outsider. Projects are more successful when there is community buy-in and ownership. This is accomplished when people become participants/producers in initiatives that impact them.  

Globally, communities are constantly dealing with crisis/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. Communities that regularly use CDD to resolve day-to-day issues fare better during a calamity.​

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