Support urban and rural housing development and land dispute resolution.
• Community Land Planning
o In order to involve communities in land rights dispute resolution, CODI
has trained community members to use GIS technology to survey land. Community
members collect data about how many people reside in the area and how
long they have been there. Residents present this data to the relevant
government agencies and negotiate a resolution together.
- 600 land dispute projects
• Collective Housing
o Launched in 2003, the Collective Housing Program puts slum dwellers
at the center of the development process by allowing them to plan and
manage solutions to their housing problems. CODI channels government funds
in the form of infrastructure subsidies and soft loans directly to the
poor communities. Communities then purchase land or negotiate long-term
leases and upgrade the housing stock as necessary.
- Collective Housing Program reaches 270 cities and 1500 urban poor communities
- CODI has work with 86,000 families
2. Achieve financial self-sufficiency.
• Community welfare fund
o Communities set up a welfare fund to take care of community members
in need and prevent loan defaults. Community members contribute1 Baht
per day, and the government matches this contribution. They can withdraw
funds in the case of birth, death, illness, natural disaster, etc.
- 3,100 welfare funds set up in urban and rural areas
- CODI plans to add another 2000 in the next year
o CODI offers government-subsidized loans to communities for housing development,
land purchases, environmental projects and small businesses. The interest
ranges from 4% to 6%.
- 657 community organizations have received micro-credit loans totaling
$147 million (USD).
• Capacity building for savings groups
o CODI assists community members in forming savings groups to accumulate
the capital necessary for land and housing projects, as well as long term
- Nationwide there are approximately 50,000 savings groups, including
20,000,000 people and $760 million (USD) in assets.
3. Strengthen community organizations
councils to tackle development problems on the city or sub-district level.
• Community Organizations
o The Community Organization Council comprise of all community organization
in a sub-district or municipality. Representatives from each community
organization meet regularly to discuss local problems and develop policy
recommendations for the local government.
- 1586 community councils in place
• Community Master Plan
o Through surveys and group discussions, community members create a Master
Plan that addresses issues on a sub-district level. The Community Master
Plan is an important tool for developing sustainable solutions, outlining
a long-term strategy, and articulating intentions to local and national
4. Increase capacity of community networks and create
links between relevant stakeholders.
• Accreditation program
o 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
- 70,000 community organizations have been accredited
- CODI estimates that there are over 250,000 community organizations in
• Good Governance Project
o CODI teaches good governance principals to community organizations,
ranging from transparency to financial management.
• Community Learning and Information Centers
o In order to document and implement best practices from past projects,
CODI organizes learning and information centers. Successful community
organizations teach about their experiences and lessons learned.
- 500 learning centers
-120 community information centers
• Community Media
o In order to share information, community networks have instituted radio
broadcasts and websites.
• NGO Grants
o CODI provides grants to NGOs that work in the field of community development
and the environment.
- CODI granted $1.2 million (USD) to NGOs in 2009
5. Policy advocacy based on community
experiences and knowledge.
• Knowledge Management
o CODI and community members research the progress and impact of projects.
By documenting lessons learned, the information can be used as a resource
for other communities and to teach policy makers about community based
• Democratization of the Policy Process
o Through workshops, rallies and public events, CODI encourages community
members to develop and advocate for pro-poor policies.
• Educate Policy Makers
o Through publicity events, dialogue and rallies, CODI educates politicians
and bureaucrats about the issues affecting communities and how government
can contribute to solutions.