Principles of Good Practice

As a part of the CDS beliefs, the organization follows the core Principles of Good Practice:

  • Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members
    to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues,
    and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts
    associated with alternative courses of action.
  • Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community
    development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to
    adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  • Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders,
    and groups within the community.
  • Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term
    sustainability and well being of the community.