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What We Do
Community PartnershipsSupport and Collaboration for Systematically-Chosen Organizations
Intern/Volunteer SupportHelping Individuals Meet the Goals and Needs of Our Community Partners
Wide Range of Focus AreasHelping Entire Communities with Their Development Needs
Effective community development must initiate from and be led by local voices. When an organization partners with FCDE, one of the first steps is to go through a rigorous institutional self-assessment. This helps us better understand a partner organization’s goals and objectives, its strengths and weaknesses, and what the organization perceives as obstacles to its success. FCDE’s technical training program then creates a unique capacity-building program tailored expressly for each partner, allowing them to define what they want to accomplish and how to more effectively serve their communities.
Training is conducted in areas ranging from agriculture to social policy reform, and from NGO management to small business development. Training programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of the participants, their communities, and their institutions, combining technical instruction with a strong emphasis on practical experience, including professional meetings, on-site observation, and action planning, ultimately leading to sustainability. .