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Causes: International, International Development

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

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

1 Kulothungan Kaliyaperumal

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Smita2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.