CODI communities can engage in environmental protection in one of three
ways. Firstly, communities often incorporate environmentally sustainable
and energy-efficient measures into house and infrastructure design, as
well as their land use. By doing this, they can often save money in the
long run and improve the quality of life and health within the community.
Second, communities can apply for special loans for environmental projects,
such as funding a new waste management system. Finally, rural communities
develop sustainable agriculture projects.
In order to share information, community networks have initiated websites,
radio broadcasts and PR campaigns. Such projects have been instrumental
for promoting activities, as well as working together. During the Tsunami,
the community radio program was critical in broadcasting news about aid
Exchanging information between communities is vital to ensuring the success
of future projects. Communities document and share best practices and
lessons learned with each other. CODI promotes this by organizing information
and learning centers. To date, there have been 500 learning centers and
120 community information centers.
CODI provides grants to NGOs that work in the field of community development
and the environment. In 2009, CODI granted $1.2million (USD) to NGOs for
Good Governance Project
CODI teaches good governance principals to community
organizations, ranging from transparency to financial management.
Community Organizations Accreditation
CODI is responsible for developing standards for the accreditation of
community organizations. When community organizations receive accreditation,
they are legally recognized and can more easily participate in the development
process. Over 70,000 community organizations have been accredited. However,
CODI estimates that there are over 250,000 community organizations in
Policy Maker Education Programs
Through publicity events, dialogue and rallies, CODI educates politicians
and bureaucrats about the issues affecting communities and how government
can contribute to solutions.