CDLD Policy

The conception and implementation of the policy on Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) is a transformation breakthrough in the development history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The implementation of the policy, rolled out in the six districts of Malakand Division (Chitral, Lower Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Swat and Upper Dir) is enabling the district authorities in identifying the priority needs of the citizens through participatory bottom-up planning. It is also contributing towards improving the lives and livelihoods of the citizens by engaging them in development initiatives which are directly benefiting them.

"The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has embarked on this ambitious but revolutionary policy to involve ordinary citizens in the collective efforts to improve public services and in the process also tap into their unlimited potential. Our CDLD Policy is rooted in the belief that given the right policy environment and access to information services, ordinary citizens can prioritise their needs, find appropriate solutions and become partners in long-term sustainable development through collective action with the government."

The CDLD Policy goal is to achieve sustainable improvement in the coverage and quality of frontline public service delivery through the active involvement of local communities. The Policy has been developed to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Put in place a fiscal and regulatory framework which can help the local communities in executing local development / service delivery initiatives.
  • Build the capacity of government line departments at the district level to be able to operationalise the CDLD Policy.
  • Provide an enabling environment to community based organisations (working on behalf of target communities) to access funds allocated for CDLD projects.

The salient features of the CDLD Policy under its three key objectives


  • Undertaking annual budget allocations on the basis of the approved criteria
  • Specifying criteria for CBOs under which they can have access to public funds
  • Laying down the criteria for competitive selection of community proposals
  • Preparing guidelines and procedures for financing community-led development projects
  • Setting the monitoring protocols, including 3rd party audits and validations


  • Empowering district authorities and government officials for efficient decision making and policy implementation.
  • Providing the district authorities and line departments with the needed resources and the trainings to operationalise CDLD framework.


  • Supporting communities at the village and neighborhood council level to organize their operations, articulate their demands, develop project proposals, access public sector funds and build capacity to execute as well as maintain projects.
  • Making necessary changes and adjustments in the CDLD procedures and mechanisms to facilitate community based actions.