Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment

FCDE leverages the knowledge, funds and direct personal support of global donors to empower communities to maximize economic, social and environmental opportunities, thereby reducing poverty and injustice.FCDE works to identify impoverished regions that have the drive, desire and basic tools to make positive, lasting change within their communities. By providing technical training, appropriate short-term personnel and seed funds, FCDE will becomes a partner and catalyst in making long-term positive changes within our host communities.

Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
PO Box 6560
Ketchum, ID 83340
United States
208-726-1530
http://www.internationalcommunitydevelopment.org

Board of Directors

Carl Hammerdorfer, Heidi Campbell, Eric Younger

Project Leaders

Eric Younger
Yi-Ching Hwang

Mission

FCDE leverages the knowledge, funds and direct personal support of global donors to empower communities to maximize economic, social and environmental opportunities, thereby reducing poverty and injustice.FCDE works to identify impoverished regions that have the drive, desire and basic tools to make positive, lasting change within their communities. By providing technical training, appropriate short-term personnel and seed funds, FCDE will becomes a partner and catalyst in making long-term positive changes within our host communities.

Programs

The Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment's (FCDE) philosophy is deeply rooted in and committed to positive sustainable development practices that uplift communities and make comprehensive and lasting change. Sustainable development theory looks holistically at the depth and scope of social, economic and environmental concerns. It can be viewed as a framework by which communities begin to address expressed needs, utilize their own resources efficiently, build on the strengths of the people, create more stable infrastructures, enhance quality of life, and create new opportunities to strengthen economies. We have ensured that our programs offered, partnerships formed, and successes measured will impact the communities in which we work in a just and sustainable way. FCDE sees people as key agents of change in their communities and research has shown that this 'local knowledge' or 'community knowledge' is key to promoting sustainable localized development practices. We use the embedded knowledge, established institutions, and best practices of professionals and community members in the region as a starting point for our work. Acting as a catalyst, FCDE plays an active and ongoing role in helping communities move development efforts forward by strengthening our partner organizations' capacity building. We draw upon a number of tools and processes to help each of our 15-25 local CBO partners develop and mature including; skill building workshops, individualized organizational support, intern placement and expertise, institutional self-assessment administration, grant making, identification of funding opportunities, and the creation of a resource center for communities to use.FCDE collaborates with established community-based organizations (CBOs) to increase their institutional capacity in a wide range of operational functions. In FCDE's model new local non-governmental organizations (NGO) are initially set up in specific country sites, led by host country nationals. Through these new organizations, FCDE will create partnerships with 15-25 existing community-based organizations per site. FCDE utilizes the embedded knowledge, established institutions, and best practice of professionals and community members in the region. Increasing the efficacy, sustainability, and impact of its partner CBOs will ensure that decisions on development issues remain in the hands of local communities. FCDE sees people as key agents of change in their communities. Research has shown that 'local knowledge' or 'community knowledge' is highly relevant to development processes (Eversole 2010, Chambers, 1983; Kloppenburg, 1991; Hobart, 1993; Sillitoe et al., 2002).

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