Centre For Development Alternatives

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: International

Location: India

Mission: Centre For Development Alternatives(CFDA) is a non profit organization working with the underserved population in TamilNadu to improve their standard of life through community mobilization, capacity building and facilitating linkages. CFDA also provides capacity building and management consultancy services for Non profit organizations across India. - See more at: http://www.unitednpo.org/index/members/centre-for-development-alternatives#sthash.UHRFHPMv.dpuf

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Rating: 5 stars  

CFDA is one of the best place to learn how a study has to be conduct, dimensions of different analysis, perception of others understanding etc.
It's a great time had with this organisatation for me and also willing to do more with this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Center for Development Alternatives is a good organization which is doing phenomenal work. I have interacted with Mr. Jayachandran who is a visionary. The programs are mostly grass roots level with scope for training other non-profits. I wish the organization success.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Very well thought out programs - developed painstakingly from the ground up under the leadership of Jaichandran

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Centre for Development, its place for design and developments,place of wisdom, perfect place for think tank. sharpen your knowledge, thinking about reality, working for the right people in right manner, clarity in community.dedication, Perfect and prompt meaning for Non profit organisation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

waiting for the opportunity to make some real fruitful globalised projects, under his guidence

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am aware that, the Centre For Development Alternatives (CFDA), is a non-profit organization, has been operating in Chennai, for more than twenty years and workings towards the empowerment of women from underprivileged community. This organization has been focusing on building community based organizations and community guide projects to address poverty and social isolation issues.

I can proudly say that, I have been taught and developed by this organisation towards forming Self Help Groups and their Livelihoods Projects in a structured manner (Separate Module). I learnt many things through this organization about planning and executing the projects as success with the active participation of community. Whatever the successes are happened to me in my life, it’s only because of the approaches I learnt from the Director of this Organisation.

I personally wish and congratulate this organisation to success in their future endeavours.

A. KAMALAKKANNAN
DEPUTY MANAGER (CSR)
ULTRATECH CEMENT LIMITED
ADITYA BIRLA GROUP
REDDIPALAYAM, ARIYALUR DISTRICT. Mobile: 09443353637

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be very usefull and thankful to them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

CFDA is one of the organizations that I have always admired for their transparency, straight forward approach and emphasis on sustainability. The self help groups that they have mentored in the outskirts of Chennai are excelling today. This is a great example of, how, a well the mentored groups would climb the path of development. It is also remembered for its documentation work on the process of group formation, micro credit, enterprise development and other training manuals.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've worked with CFDA for one month in 2011. This was an eye-opening experience. CFDA, its members and Mr Jayachandran Rajarethinam are making a difference in the local communities.

While there, working as part of IBM Corporate Service Corps, I learned about micro-banking, about India. I was impressed by how CFDA was able to help these groups of women create their own banking system. But it is not only about how to collect money and apply for a loan, it is also about education, about empowering women. And it did not stop at these groups. When a group graduates and gains in autonomy, they are encouraged to help other communities as well, not limiting to the CFDA projects.

It is this kind of people, spirit and gestures that can change the world, one piece at time. CFDA and its team are part of the solution.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Centre for Development Alternatives and more so Mr Jayachandran Rajarethinam have helped us tremendously in Socio- Economic survey for varied multinational projects and local industries. His study has facilitated our organization to recommend a meaningful and inclusive CSR to the communities in which the Industries are situated or design a neighborhood friendly HR policies. The companies that have benefited by his insights are Tata Steel, Motorola, India Cements, Cadbury, DuPont, Kellogg and of course Centre for Excellence in Organization

His simplicity, and his humility and his LSIP( Large Scale Interactive Process) and connect with varied village panchayats, demographic and political insights will help us to understand the psyche of the community.

I always personally count on his advice

Great Community insight facilitator and those in NGO sector, Youth organisations and SHG's will also benefit by his expertise for any CBO initiatives( Community Based Organizations).

I feel it a prerogative as well as a privilege to write this commendation of an outstanding grass root work having known him from 1997 and he was introduced to us by Late Ravi,, another great community worker

S.Deenadayalan
CEO
Center for Excellence in Organization
Bangalore 85
deen@exploreceo.com

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have an expertise to comment on this and i feel he is doing a great job and may be he could bench mark international processes in this domain

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Centre for Development Alternatives is a great organisation to work with, it is lead by noble people having rich expereince in implementing projects at the grass root levels. The Organisation is committed to create real impact on the lives of people and is driven by this thought. I have known the Chief Functionary Mr. Jayachandran from the last five years and is one of the best people I have ever met. He is a kind person, who loves to help people selflessly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that Mr. Jayachandran leads it till the time he wishes to do so

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The founder of this organisation is an excellent professional, very candid, straightforward, and invested many years in making it an organisation that is people oriented. Its biggest strength is the capacity to build organisations, empower people. I have great respect for Mr. Jayachandran and his style of work, and would trust this organisation with very good work on the ground.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Suggest donors invest in a corpus fund for the organisation, so that it can be on a more financially sustainable level, and this will help to retain staff.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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