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The Asia Foundation Co-Hosts Regional Conference on Community-Driven Development

Dr. Agung Laksono, Minister, Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, Indonesia greets conference participant Jalal Hameed, Head of the MIS Department, National Solidarity Program, Afghanistan.

Bali, Indonesia, October 29, 2013 — Today in Indonesia, The Asia Foundation, Australian Aid, World Bank and SMERU are hosting a four-day regional conference on “Sustaining and Mainstreaming Community-Driven Development Programs (CDD).” In contrast to standard development approaches, CDD programs provide funds directly to the village level, allowing communities to decide for themselves what development problems to address. CDD has quietly become mainstream over the past decade‚ÄĒthere are now some 90 CDD programs worldwide, and they represent 10 percent of World Bank funding globally. The conference brings together dozens of participants from government and civil society from 11 Asia-Pacific countries (seven ASEAN countries plus Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands), who are meeting to share their knowledge and experience for the first time.

As the country with the world’s largest community-driven development program, Indonesian Minister for People’s Welfare, Dr. Agung Laksono, offered the keynote address. In his words, “When ordinary people are given access to productive resources, they can make their dreams come true. CDD offers the opportunity for communities to implement the activities they need, not the ones government thinks they need.”

Participants in the conference are sharing knowledge on challenges of sustaining, mainstreaming and scaling up community-driven development. The afternoon session, for instance, allowed a representative of Myanmar, whose pilot program is $13 million and one year old, to learn from Indonesian counterparts whose mature $2.7 billion CDD program is now in its 15th year, largely paid for through the national budget.

Learn more about the lessons from Community-Driven Development and Indonesia’s CDD program in Bali in an upcoming edition of our In Asia blog. Read more about The Asia Foundation, its work in Indonesia, and the World Bank’s Community-Driven Development projects.

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