Three-fourths of poor people in the Philippines live in rural areas. Despite considerable resources being allocated for local service delivery, many poor barangays (villages) have few opportunities to participate in deciding how and where resources are spent. Often people do not even know what money is being spent on. Empowering marginalized communities through community-driven development (CDD) approaches enables villagers to make their own decisions in identifying, developing, implementing, and monitoring development initiatives based on their priorities.
The project helps poor communities develop the necessary skills and provides them with resources to select, implement and sustain small-scale community infrastructure sub-projects such as small roads, footbridges, water supplies, school buildings, health clinics, community enterprise activities and others. It also gives poor people a voice in the development process by establishing clear guidelines for participation, accountability and transparency. Communities also learn how to engage their local governments more effectively mobilizing technical and financial assistance as well as support thathelp address local development priorities.