Community-centered participatory design
We start by actively listening. We respect the wisdom of lived experiences and prioritize the residents’ vision for reimagining their environments.
Access to professional services
In addition to our own experienced team of designers and engineers, we may also act as general contractors and retain skilled workers appropriate to the job.
Embedding the foundation of sustained transformation
Empowering agency & leadership
We identify, train and hire a cohort of Community Representatives from the community itself, especially women and young adults. Over time, they naturally evolve into respected leaders, supporting impact after CDA’s team leaves.
CDA researchers, along with the Community Representatives, determine key outcome goals and create a plan to track and measure these on an ongoing basis.
Partnering with local organisations
We proactively collaborate with local organizations already in the community helps to identify needs, and reinforce continuity of services.
Blended finance funds integrate impact investment, philanthropy, and government funding, allowing our work to scale while ensuring the marginalized retain equity in their communities.