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Community Driven Development
Bringing It Back To Communities


Community Ownership
Bringing it Back to Communities

"What now?" "How can I mobilize my community, organization, disaster recovery team.............?". Community Driven Development training can provide the answers. 

Community Driven Development ensures people are stakeholders in decisions that impact them by providing tools to equip and empower community ownership. When an initiative has community ownership, long term success is obtainable.  

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 effect them by coming together and using their local resources. 

How Does CDD Work?


Community Driven Development (CDD) forms steady leadership and communication channels within the heart of each community. Training in CDD empowers communities to run autonomously to bridge the gap between government aid and people’s needs in both times of normalcy and in times of calamity. 

Through Community Driven Development training, Walu works with a formed community leadership team and community members to gain a collective voice to:


  • Empower members to address current needs

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

  • Equip 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, the training can be designed 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 they are empowered and equipped to be stakeholders. 

Communities that regularly use CDD to resolve day-to-day issues fair better during a calamity because they were already in the practice of collectively coming together to accomplish a common goal.


Globally, communities deal with crisis & disasters. Through CDD the gap that is often felt by communities during a crisis will be minimized as all entities collaborate together for the good of the people impacted by a disaster. 

Community Member Statement

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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