The Community Directed Development Foundation (CDDF) was established to bring innovative partnerships, prosperity and sustainable development to Africa and throughout the world. This is indeed our vision.
The relevance of CDDF is more important in the coming years more than ever before. This is because the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiated in 2000 by the World Health Assembly came to an end in 2015; - replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (2015 – 2030). A lot of progress and achievements have been made in various areas towards elimination of poverty, but a lot more needs to be done especially in many developing countries. The MDGs created new environment which was conducive to development and the elimination of poverty at the national and global levels alike. It promoted genuine and representative country ownership of the eight identified goals. However, a notable challenge in the implementation of the MDGs was that some interventions were typically top-down, with resources following donor interests rather than aligning with locally identified needs.
In the process of developing the Sustainable Development Goals, the following observation was made by various experts:
“Through extensive consultations led by Expert Panels, and other efforts, it is becoming clear that the Post-2015 Development Agenda should introduce a new kind of Global Partnership: - that can Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development. And set out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030. This is expected to be a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world”.
Interestingly, this is the philosophical foundation upon which CDDF was established. The Foundation puts Sustainable Development and a people centered approach at the core. Our concept and approach seeks to integrate the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability. In doing so, we seek to forge a New Global Partnership with a spirit of solidarity, cooperation, and mutual accountability, which is centered around people, including those affected by poverty and exclusion, women, youth, the aged, disabled persons, and indigenous peoples.
CDDF promotes collaboration among indigenous peoples and networks them with civil society organizations, multilateral institutions, local and national governments, the scientific and academic community, as well as businesses, and private philanthropy. We expect the environment created by “Community Directed Development Intervention” to facilitate peace building, promote freedom from conflict and violence as well as and effective, open and accountable institutions for prosperous societies.
One critical goal of CDDF is the building of “Living Communities” with transformed economies for jobs and inclusive growth – that harnesses innovation, technology, and the potential of business to improve livelihoods.
CDDF identifies three main categories of stakeholders namely;
- The local “Living” Community made up of identifiable groups networked in innovative partnerships at the community level.
- The Local country stakeholders: Government (central and local governments), traditional authority, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, communities and many other identifiable groups.
- The International stakeholders: Governments, development partners, multinational corporations and many others.
It is for this vision of achieving innovative strategic partnerships that can break barriers for sustainable development that the Foundation, hopes to promote Global Partnership for Development – mobilizing local and international resources.
Starting from Ghana, CDDF has been working with various stakeholders to promote sustainable development. Our programme for Africa is called “CDDF AFRICA”. In the future, we plan to go global under the name “CDDF WORLD” or “CDDF” for short. Our interventions on different continents shall adopt the name of the continent, such as “CDDF ASIA”, and our presence in countries around the world shall be called by the country names, such as “CDDF Ghana”.
This report highlights the CDDF programme in 2015 in addition to snapshots of selected activities conducted over the years from 2005.
I would particularly like to mention key partners who have worked with us over the years:
These include Districts and Metropolitan Assemblies in Ghana, where we have established CDDF Branches or Community Directed Development Associations. Notable are the Dangme East District Assembly, now divided into the “Ada East” and “Ada West” District Assemblies, Niiboiman in the Ga West Metropolitan Assembly and Ashaiman Municipal Assembly.
In the area of water development, we have worked closely with the Engineers Without Borders – Portland Maine Chapter, the Warminster Rotary Club, UK, promoted by the Osu Branch of the Rotary Club Accra, Ghana and the Vodafone Foundation.
Our humanitarian assistance programme enjoyed the partnership and collaboration of Asian Kids Care, which is an NGO in Japan and the Iran Clinic (of the Iran Red Crescent Society) in Ghana. We also carried out humanitarian assistance through our programme “CDDF Reach out to the needy” to vulnerable children and women in schools and communities with local partners including Radio Ada.
Over the years, CDDF has pursued a student’s training and internships programme. We partnered the Centre for International Education Exchange (CIEE) and the Social Works Department to train students giving them a range of exposures and experiences in community development. The Foundation also trained HND students from the Accra Polytechnic on various research projects. Many of the student research projects were focused on transmission and control of endemic diseases including malaria, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthiasis. We also assisted the St Anthony R/C School in Niiboiman to start a school beautification project that trained many children on compost making and gardening. At the tertiary level, CDDF established the first CDDF Students in Sustainable Development Association (SSDA) at the University of Ghana. The young SSDA is already planning activities in environment, social-accountability, education and awareness for peace building.
CDDF worked in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Food Research Institute (FRI), and Accra Polytechnic to organize the second African Conference on Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms (ACEMM) in Ghana from 24th to 28th March, 2009 at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for the development of the mushroom industry in Ghana.
Throughout our activities, we have forged close collaboration with communities seeking to position them as “Living Communities” in a changing world. We have conducted advocacy and built consensus for collective action in different sectors of development including education, health, environment, agriculture, industry and general support for livelihoods in a sustainable way.
CDDF appreciates that if community members are empowered to take initiatives for themselves, they can contribute more meaningfully to increasing wealth generation and thereby reducing their own poverty levels.
Volunteers of the Foundation have maintained interest in the mission and vision of the organization. I take this opportunity to send my heartfelt gratitude to all our volunteers for their earnest and sincere efforts in promoting community empowerment and sustainable development.
Thanks to our collaborators, partners, Advisory network, patrons, ambassadors and other stakeholders who have contributed in various ways to support the foundation.
We look forward to a more successful year ahead.
Good morning to you all.
Prof. Kwabena Mante Bosompem
President and Founder