About Centre for Development Action


CDA, as a youth-led organization, promotes leadership, community empowerment, and responsible citizenship among youth and focus on four “drivers of change”: innovation, quality, impact, and sustainability. Young men and women in the age group of 18-35 age groups are members of CDA and CDA has about 2500 youth volunteers as members across the states of India belonging to different cultures, languages and faiths. Its 7 governing body members are youths of the age group of 18-35 (4 female members and 3 male members).


Young men and women are contributing to public policy process and its implementation, securing their rights and entitlements through effective leadership qualities and knowledge base.


  • Improving the status of young women and men, excluded and marginalized groups by enabling them to equally and actively participate in planning, management, policy-making, decision-making and execution of their plans without any biases of gender, religion, ethnicity, age, language orclass.
  • Promoting a culture of understanding, peace and cooperative relations among youths across cultures, and to establish peace through creative work in the local community andbeyond.
  • CDA is to ensure change in the life of poor, marginalized youths through processes of action research, social mobilization, capacity building activities to achieve sustainable education on peace, democracy and the Sustainable Development


To see young men and women participating in decision making processes of economic, social and cultural issues concerning them and the society


  • To build the capacity of the youths particularly marginalized youth to exercise their rights and get their entitlements from public services and provisions in collaboration with local NGOs, CBOs, local self-government institutions and by networking with like-minded youth agencies and partners.
  • To organize youth-led programs and engage them to prevent violence and mitigate conflicts in communities
  • To organize vocational training, confidence building programs, sports and Journalism and reporting skills among rural and urban youth
  • To undertake integrated development programs to benefit youth on natural resources management, climate change impact, livelihood, micro-credit, basic health services, education and civic engagements etc.

                    OUR ACTIVITIES

CDA implements youth-led activities like promoting rights of youth on health, education, livelihood, vocational education etc. It builds capacity of youth in the following areas in collaboration with youth networks.

  • Capacity Building of Youth through Education, Information and Communication Programs
  • Engaging youth in Public Policy Process
  • Training on Conflict Resolution
  • Vocational Training
  • Peace Building by organizing inter cultural and Interfaith Dialogues
  • Confidence Building among Youth
  • Organizing Football Teams for Peace
  • Engaging Youth for Mitigation of Climate Change Impact
  • Rain water conservation
  • Organic Farming and sustainable Agriculture

            Our Core values

  • Gender Equity
  • Social Justice
  • Participatory Action
  • Peace & Harmony
  • Transparency & Accountability
  • Integrity

                  Our Partnerships

  • Youth Networks
  • Government
  • Local NGOs and Community Based Organizations
  • International NGOs
  • Local Government Institutions
  • Corporate and philanthropies
  • Media Collaboration

          Where We Are

  • West Bengal
  • Assam
  • Jharkhand
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Odisha
  • Bihar
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan

 What together We Can do

With 1.9 billion young people we can be the agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.

                                            Indigenous Youth

Our focus is on indigenous youth and we prioritize projects which build their capacities, develop niche markets and promote indigenous farming systems as a viable and attractive economic activity for youth. We work to increase the empowerment of indigenous peoples in the following four areas:

  • Food security and nutrition
  • Access and rights to land territories and resources
  • Access to market
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

. The key intervention areas are:

  • Public education
  • Social mobilization for greater participation in RNTCP
  • Advocacy to increase political commitment

             Promoting Cultural Diversity & Digital Creative Industries

  • Engaging youth, women and artisans in cultural policy making and/or implementation;
  • Improve access to markets for cultural goods and services through policy advocacy and promotional mechanisms;
  • The development of innovative models and/or digital solutions for the creation, production, distribution and access to diverse cultural goods and services;
  • Undertake capacity gap assessments and capacity building activities;
  • Widen participation in the creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services to  excluded social groups;
  • Increase women’s representation as creators and producers of cultural expressions through professional networks and capacity development;

Advocate for equitable access to cultural events, goods and services

Governance: Digital Innovations

We undertake initiatives for modernization, innovation and creativity in local government institutions. We help

  • to identify successful innovative solutions,
  • document case studies and best practices for potential replication and presentation of innovative solutions in public governance and services,

Our interests include:

  • Digital and participatory Citizenship
  • Data-Driven Smart Governance
  • Building institutional Capacity for Digital Innovation and creating Digital Competencies

Let us help them overshoot their goals in the right ways.