About CPDG

We believe in a human rights-based approach to  people’s development and governance. Development should be owned and shaped by the people. 

Participation, transparency, accountability and equity are essential features of democratic governance – and people’s governance is an embodiment of people’s democracy.

Who are we

We were established at our first national conference on September 26, 2006.

We are a national network of 60 non-government organizations and people’s organizations working for development effectiveness and democratic governance.

Our members are active nationwide in:

  • Research and education
  • Capacity building
  • Policy advocacy 
  • Implementing projects
  • Building partnerships 
  • Humanitarian response

Our concerns include:

  • poverty and  inequality
  • environmental protection and preservation
  • land rights and food sovereignty
  • indigenous peoples rights
  • climate justice
  • democratic and corruption-free governance
  • gender equality  and empowerment of women 
  • children’s rights and welfare
  • community-based disaster risk reduction
  • human rights and peace
  • consumer rights 
  • jobs
  • aid effectiveness.

Our Vision

CPDG is the leading civil society platform where the poor and marginalized sectors genuinely participate in all aspects of public policy, programs and projects; and to ensure the full realization of their right to development. 

Our Mission

We uphold CSO development effectiveness and believe democratic governance is    needed for policy, legislative and other measures to fully realize the people’s right to development.

What do we do?

  1. Advocate for greater civil society space and voice in governance;
  2. Work for civil society participation in making development policies and programs (particularly ensuring the involvement of women, farmers and farm workers, rural families, workers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, children and youth, senior citizens, and urban slum dwellers);
  3. Strengthen the organizational capacity of CSOs to participate in development processes;
  4. Coordinate civil society efforts for greater impact and more efficient use of resources;
  5. Establish wide solidarity relations with regional and international CSOs to help strengthen civil society voice and participation worldwide;
  6. Link local, national, regional and international CSOs for mutual learning and to share resources, expertise, and information.