ISDCM has gone through a process of development and growth during the last few years. One of the significant aspects of this process has been implementation of number of projects. In the process of implementation of the projects ISDCM’s involvement has been very deep and the community response was very positive.
ISDCM has developed expertise in arsenic mitigation emergency response projects through alternative water options, community development, communication skill through social mobilizers, community motivators and other technical staff. It has also developed institutions at local levels which may be used for different development activities.
ISDCM has also completed Community Based Village Piped Water Supply in Ujirpur village of Damurhuda Upazila as pilot project. This was an experimental project in the rural area and created a sensational atmosphere among the rural people.
ISDCM has its Branch Offices for community development project on mircro-finance activities on partnership with ASA in Singra, Kaliganj, Bagatipara and Sadar of Natore district, Dhamrai of Dhaka district and Manikganj Sadar of Manikganj district. Beside that there are project offices at Homna of Comilla and Damurhuda of Comilla and Chuadanga districts respectively with properly trained staff.
With the passage of time ISDCM strategy to help local people having initiative and drive to develop their skills and social awareness has worked very well which may contribute towards sustainable development.
Joint review system has been institutionalized to make assessment of progress of work, identify problems and make necessary adjustments to improve performance at the field level. The joint review process has been extremely helpful to be aware of weakness and strength of the field performances of the community and ISDCM staff. Besides the system of monthly progress report has been extremely helpful to keep the planned activities updated.
No independent evaluation of project has yet taken place but occasional rapid assessment was done. Field visits by donor representatives and partners revealed that the project activities have good impact on the community where the projects have been implemented.
Thanks to ISDCM dedicated staff who
are contributing to the overall growth and development of the organization
under difficult circumstances.
The report may be useful for ISDCM itself and other agencies having similar activities. Comments and suggestions on the report will be most welcome.