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Community Development India

Humana People to People India implements Community Development Projects (CDP), which are an integrated approach of development, covering all aspects of life, and thus strengthening the community. The idea of the project is "to work together with people and their communities to develop a life of dignity and well being through access to services that meet their basic needs in a sustainable manner including livelihood, health, education and information, a safe and healthy environment, thus ensuring their economical, social, cultural as well as civil and political rights."

CDP projects aim to improve social infrastructure in rural and urban communities through integrated projects that strengthen the livelihood base for families through capacity and skill building in farm, forest, non-farm and urban relevant skill based livelihoods. They ensure critical support services to agriculture and other skill based entrepreneurs for increased productivity and income generation.

A Community Development Project takes its point of departure with the people in the community, who organize themselves in groups of common interest including Self Help Groups, Women's Groups, Farmers' Clubs, Youth Clubs, Adolescents' Groups and a confluence of selected members from each group together with other government and Panchayat stakeholders to form the Village Action Group. The capacity of self-organizing is an additional result to the actual, practical activities, but nonetheless a very important factor for sustainable development.


Humana People to People India is currently implementing 10 community development projects in six states of India including Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, reaching out to more than 260,000 people in rural and urban areas.

In both rural and urban projects, Humana People to People India works together with the poorest and most marginalised people to build sustainable livelihoods in order to improve their income and quality of life. People are building their own and collective capacities through getting organised in groups, learning new skills, getting access to credit and government schemes and through taking actions together. In the rural projects the main focus is on agriculture and enhancing productivity through sustainable practices and getting improved access to markets and credit.


In the urban projects the tasks are about finding and developing ways and means to improve life through learning skills that can pave the way for paid employment or entrepreneurship and starting one’s own income generating activity. Both rural and urban projects work together with relevant government departments in order to ensure that the people in the projects get access to public services and overcome the many challenges through convergence.

Key Figures


Number of operational area (slums and villages)


Number of families in the programme


Number of people reached through interventions


Number of Self Help Groups/Joint Liability Groips/Micro saving groups/Farmers’ Clubs


Number of women group members receiving revolving fund/bank loans


Number of women and girls trained in livelihood skills (sewing and tailoring, beauty culture, handicraft, etc).


Number of youth trained in job oriented computer courses


Number of people started microenterprises or got a job


Number of farmers (men and women) trained on sustainable agriculture practices


Number of people assisted in getting pensions, insurance, rations, identity cards, etc.


Number of women trained through literacy classes