CRDT is unique in that its field staff resides in the target villages for extended periods of time in order to ensure that our project activities are successfully implemented and also to build relationships with communities. We find it an effective way in working with the local people when trust is already built. Once beneficiaries become our friends, they feel free in telling us their real problems and needs so that our staff can fine-tune the challenges in project implementation well.
To ensure effective transfer of knowledge, we let all our beneficiaries implement project activities themselves. The ripple effect ensures experience is disseminated throughout the target villages. Even before the project phase out, local communities have been made ready to continue the activity with the knowledge that CRDT brought to them to retain their skills over the long term.
Poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability are the two intertwined goals of CRDT. Working in high priority areas for conservation, CRDT supports alternative livelihood activities to reduce natural resource dependency among the rural poor. We believe that development and conservation must support each other following the sustainable development approach.
CRDT keeps itself adapting and learning. Methods of implementation, facilitation, and participation are continually refined as well as revised to suit differing environments of our work.
CRDT is now adopting an enterprise approach to development. Using concepts of stewardship and sustainable income, CRDT can plan for the long-term. The enterprise approach is also introduced to our community-based organizations (CBOs) following the second phase of our implementation strategy, which is to improve market access for local products.