What is KALAHI-CIDSS?
• The Kapit‐Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan ‐ Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi‐ CIDSS program is a poverty alleviation program of the DSWD that uses a community‐driven development (CDD) approach. The program provides resources to poor rural municipalities for public goods investment and promote people’s participation in governance.
• Kalahi‐CIDSS uses the community-driven development approach to empower local communities through capacity building and implementation support for participation in local governance and provision of barangay grants for involvement in the design and implementation of poverty‐reduction projects.
Community Driven Development (CDD) approaches have been proven to be effective in empowering communities, especially the poor, to participate in governance to ensure that their needs are properly addressed and that resources are allocated and used for these needs. At the same time, CDD supports poor LGUs in local development. Through participatory processes, LGUs become more effective leaders in addressing the needs of the community while community members are empowered to participate in governance and demand social accountability from their leaders.