Population and Community Development Association

The Village Development Partnership (VDP)

     The Village Development Partnership (VDP) is an integrated rural development project model being applied by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), one of Thailand’s most established and well-known NGO’s. By combining PDA’s diverse developmental expertise and extensive rural network with the financial and human resources of a sponsoring partner (particularly companies, although individuals and organizations can also be effective), the VDP provides a structured approach towards sustainable poverty alleviation.

     The VDP addresses issues in the five development areas of: social development, economic development, environment, health, and education. By placing initial emphasis on social and economic development however, a foundation is created from which further development can be sustained. Community empowerment, in the form of an elected, gender balanced Village Development Committee, ensures that the community understands, manages, and leads its own development. Business skills training and access to micro-credit (through the Village Development Bank) provides villagers with the opportunity to start or expand income-generating activities; loan repayments then go towards increasing the available pool of credit and funding further development activities.

     Once a suitable village and sponsoring partner are selected, PDA guides the village through the start of the VDP process with 7 steps in Phase I: Institutional Development and Planning:
     1. Building a common understanding
     2. Forming the Village Development Committee (VDC)
     3. Training the VDC
     4. Community Needs Assessment (CNA) and Preliminary Planning
     5. Eye-opener Trip
     6. Finalizing Development Plan
     7. Submitting Development Plan

The output from these steps is a clearly articulated idea of the future village the community would like to have, prioritized goals and activities, and an implementation plan which breaks down the steps and resources necessary to achieving the desired village. Implementation begins in Phase II.

There are 5 steps in Phase II: Implementation of Development Activities:
     1. Tree Planting and Establishment of Village Development Bank
     2. Barefoot MBA
     3. Barefoot MPH
     4. School Lunch Farm
     5. Water for Health and Wealth
     6. Other Activities

     Phase III: Monitoring and Evaluation: Throughout the VDP, PDA staff regularly visit the village to discuss issues with the various committees and councils, provide advice, and request updates on activities. PDA’s Research and Evaluation Division (RED) staff will be engaged in program evaluation and impact assessment.

     Through the VDP, rural communities develop the knowledge, skills, and capacity to analyze and respond to their needs. Once a community has become experienced with the social and economic institutions of the Village Development Committee and Village Development Bank, it possesses the tools and funds necessary to sustain its own future development out of poverty and low quality of life.


     - Ian Thompson Memorial
     - Maitri Trust Fund