Community-Driven Development (CDD) focuses in empowering community groups to take decisions and allocate resources for their own development activities. Within CDD approach target beneficiaries or women and men within community are viewed as assets and partners in the development process. Therefore CDD always building on their personal and institutions' capacities. Support to CDD usually includes strengthening and financing inclusive community groups, facilitating community access to information, and promoting an enabling environment through policy and institutional reform. Field experience demonstrates that by directly cooperating and building upon beneficiaries to drive development activities, CDD has the potential to make poverty reduction efforts more responsive to demands, more inclusive, more sustainable, and more cost-effective than traditional centrally led programs. CDD fills a critical gap in poverty reduction efforts, achieving immediate and lasting results at the grassroots level and complementing market economy and government-run programs. With these powerful attributes, CDD can play an important role in strategies to reduce poverty.
Community-Driven Development Knowledge Area within APMAS will focus on building capacity of project managers in IFAD's rural development projects in the following issues: