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Demonstration of Alternative Models of Development

Developing and Implementing Innovative Field Programs and Projects

Demonstration of Alternative Models of DevelopmentAt the field level, PRRM has evolved a sustainable area development strategy on the scale of what it calls a sustainable rural district, or SRD. The concept of PRRM’s SRD assumes a certain scale of sustainability in demonstrating a community-centered area develop- ment model. Intervention in small, isolated villages becomes futile when the policy and institutional set-ups affecting development (e.g., trading and marketing systems) transcend the level of the village.

The identification and selection of a potential SRD is based on a set of ecological, economic, demographic and socio-political criteria. The SRD can be described as a habitat of at least two contiguous ecosystems, with at least one major market center serving a cluster of 5-12 towns, and a population of 200,000-450,000.

PRRM has implemented the following sustainable area development programs:

  • Sustainable Rural District Development Program (SRDDP): Implemented in Bataan, Ifugao, Camarines Sur, Nueva Ecija and North Cotabato; supported by the Netherlands Organization for International Development Cooperation (NOVIB).
  • Sustainable Area Development Program (SADP): Implemented in Negros Occidental, Nueva Vizcaya and Marinduque; supported by German Agro-Action (GAA), now Welthungerhilfe (WHH).
  • Camiguin Sustainable Island Development Program (CSIDP): Supported by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) through the Spanish partner NGO IPADE.
  • El Nido Community-Based Conservation and Development Program (ENCBCDP): Supported by the Netherlands Directorate General for Interna- tional Cooperation (DGIS) and implemented in partnership with a consortium of local NGOs.

SUSTAINABLE AREA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

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Publications

Journals, Books, Articles, Features and Commentaries on national and international policy, grassroots developments and initiatives and rural reconstruction movement. Read more
Community and Habitat No. 13: Community resilience needs a change in mindset Community and Habitat No. 13: Community resilience needs a change in mindset
Community resilience needs a change in mindset
THIS ISSUE OF PRRM’S COMMUNITY & HABITAT JOURNAL IS focused on the intertwined issues of climate change, energy and food.

Development Courses
Conrado Benitez Institute for Sustainability (CBIS)

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