About Community Development Association

Organization Name: Community Development Association
Phone: +95 1 430 076,   Fax: +95 1 430 837
Address: No.(26B), Ground Floor, NatMout Avenue, Sayar San Ward,Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Email: info@cdamyanmar.org, drkhinmwin@cdamyanmar.org
Principal Officer: Dr. Khin Maung Win, President / Program Coordinator
Registration: Registration No: 1898 dated 25 August 2005, extended up to 31st December 2011 on 18th February 2010


        The Community Development Association is a registered non-profit, non-political, local non-government humanitarian organization, established in Myanmar and incorporated under the laws of Myanmar, has a mandate to implement community developmental elementary interventions with effective involvement of existing support services and technical assistance. The Community Development Association has worked on various humanitarian assistance programs with funds contributed by various UN Agencies and INGOs in cooperation with Department of Social Welfare, Department of Health and with various government directed local NGOs.

        The purpose of the Community Development Association (CDA) is to utilize community capacities to implement basic community developmental interventions through effective involvement of existing support services and technical assistance, and to promote sustainable community capacity building, mobilization, participation and contribution. The CDA has a deep interest in participating in the arena of social mobilization and community developmental work and has undertaken challenges in community development activities wherever and whenever demand and feasibility is favourable, including clean water supply, community health promotions, harm reduction and HIV preventions.

Ceramic Water Filter Program

        CDA has invited consults from Thirst Aid Myanmar and introduced Ceramic Water Filter Technology in Myanmar since 2006. The first ceramic water filters producing methodology by using Myanmar local materials had been developed at CDA Ceramic Water Filter Factory by Thirst Aid Consultants and CDA technicians and with funds support of UNICEF and Asian Transpacific Foundation, USA and CDA funds. Upon the requested and fund support by UNICEF, the CDA has transferred the technology to public sector and they are now able to produce Ceramic Water Filters. CDA is undertaking the quality of Ceramic Filters and making self quality control system. UNICEF factory QC inspection consultant has evaluated the factory and received good recommendations. CDA Water Filters have been distributed to many INGOs and UN agencies, UNICEF, WHO, Merlin, ADRA, LDSC (USA), Malteser International, Save the Children, Oxfam, TDH, and Salvation Army. CDA has developed new generation of Submersible Ceramic Globe Water Filters for household usages with improvements. The CDA's Ceramic Water Filters, both regular and submersible are highly recognized and now extensively used in hospitals and health centres under Department of Health, training centres, schools and preschools under Department of Social Welfare and Department of Education.

Partnership with United Nations Agencies

WHO: Projects on Rehabilitation and Protecting Drinking of Water Ponds Project in Amar and Kadonekani Areas October to December 2008 and Safety Clean Water Supply Projects in Dedaye and Pyapon Townships from 1 January to July 2009.


  • "Green Gram, Compound Bio-Fertilizer and Fishing Gears Project" at Bogalay Oct 2009 to February 2010 - within the framework of projects OSRO/MYA/810/AUL, OSRO/MYA/902/SWE and OSRO/MYA/904/AUS,
  • Support to Agriculture Livelihoods through Provision of Power Tillers and Setting up of Micro-Tillage Services Enterprises, May to October 2010.
  • "RECOVERY OF LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DELTA" – CDA/FAO/LIFT in Bogalay Township, March 2010 to February 2011


UNDP: "Post Nargis Recovery Project CDA/UNDP at Kyeiklatt and Bogalay Townships from June – September 2010"

CDRT & HDI-S Projects of UNDP/UNOPS: Preparation of Training Manual on Basic Community Development Concepts (Myanmar Version) for in August 1998.

HDI-Support Project MYA/99/010, UNDP/UNOPS:

  • Village Mobilizers Training in 5 townships in Southern Shan State, May to July 2001. Trained 150 village mobilizers from 150 villages and 40 CDWs of five townships have been trained.
  • Village Mobilizers Training in 11 townships in Dry Zone, Delta and Southern Shan State Regions, October 2001 to February 2002. The 510 village mobilizers and 82 CDWs of eleven townships have been trained and completed the training courses.
  • CDRT Project. UNOPS: conducted "Self Reliant Community Training Workshop" to develop pilot program for developing self-reliance communities and to support all people conducting training workshops on conceptualizing the rural poor communities towards Self Reliant Communities with 30 participants of 3 project villages and self-reliance groups at Harkar Township, Chin State for 5 days. Assignment - 15 November to 15 December 2004 with CDRT
  • UNOPS - 3 Diseases Fund Project/CDA ParticipatoryPrevention of Malaria Among Vlunerable Communities (Pha-an, Hlaingbwe and Kawkareik Townships, Kayin State) January 2009 – April 2012
  • UNOPS - 3DF Project/CDA - ParticipatoryPrevention and control of Malaria Among Vlunerable Communities (Pha-an, Hlaingbwe and Kawkareik Townships, Kayin State) 1 October 2011 – 30 June 2012


  • Conducted Township Level Training Courses and Monitoring the Village Level Training Courses on Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Facilities, and selection of water supply systems, and getting community participations, contributions and commitments at 18 Area Focused Townships of 18 States and Divisions, November 2001 to January 2002. The 89 officials of Department of Development Affairs and the Department of Education from 17 Area Focused Townships have attended and completed the training courses. Guided and supervised the 7 Multiplier Training Courses and 118 Village Training Courses at 105 places in 17 townships where 4302 participants attended and completed.
  • Designed and developed training modules, questionnaires and tools for assessments of water supply facilities status of schools and communities, needs for major repairs and alternate systems and rehabilitation of minor repairs in 1604 systems at 25 Area Focused Townships at 25 States and Divisions. November 2003 to April 2004.
  • UNICEF Ceramic Water Filter Production Project (Small Scale Funding Project), May 2006 to December 2006,withincorporation and funds supporting by Asia Transpacific Foundation (ATF International NGO, USA).
  • Project on improve sanitation and hygiene in school, health facilities and households in Amar, Kadonkani and Ayeyar Village Tracts from August to November 2008.
  • Provision of WASH Facilities to Thit Kyar Kone Primary School and communities at Sa Pa Gan Village Tract, Kawhmu Township, Yangon Division from 7 May 2010 to 6 August 2010.
  • Provision of school Latrines (2 units per school and 2 seats per unit) along with hygiene promotion at 19 Schools Affected by Cyclone Giri in Kyauk Phyu township. (15 Feb – 31 Mar, 2011)

UNDCP/AD/MYA/00/E76: Training of Social Mobilizers on Drug Demand Reduction project with UNDCP/DAPC Grant for Myanmar to strengthen the capability of the Social Mobilizers of the Community Action Groups of 3 townships at Northern Shan State, in promoting community participation in Drug Demand Reduction, December 2001 to April 2002.


Partnership with International Agencies

Archenova: Emergency Rehabilitation and Protection of Ponds for domestic Water Supply Project in Amar Sub Township, Kadon Lani and Aye Yar in Bogalay Township.

Mercy Corps: CDA has signed LoA, Letter of Agreements with Mercy Corps and implemented following projects: -

  • "Emergency Responses on Restoration of the Villages in Bogone Village Tract" with Cash-for-Work and Livelihood Recovery from June to July 2008.
  • "Livelihood Assistances Project" in 91 villages at Sar Chet, Myit Pauk, Phone Gone, Baing Daunt Chaung and Hlwa Zar Village Tracts from November 2008 to April 2009.
  • JointMerlin / Mercy Corps Project "Livestock Assistant Project" 6 villages from February to April 2009.
  • "Joint Initiative for Livelihoods and Shelter Recovery in Labutta Township" DFID Project with Mercy Corps/CDA/NRC/LEAD/Swanyee partnership - from September 2009 to February 2010.
  • "Delta livelihoods recovery for food security and community resilience Project" with CDA/AYO/Mercy Corps/LIFT in Labutta from March to December 2010.
  • "Repairing damaged village embankments with Cash-for-Work and provision of Vegetable Seeds for winter and summer crops project" with CDA/Mercy Corps/DFID in Zin Gyun Village Tract, Kyauk Phyu Township in response to GIRI Cyclone in Rakhine State from December 2010 to January 2011.
  • "Building community resilience for food security project" with CDA/Mercy Corps/LIFT in Pyaw Bwe Township from February 2011 to December 2013.
  • Conducted DRR Training in Kyauk Phyu Township, Rakhine State, from 6-11 Aug 2011.

Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC) USA:

  • Major Initiatives on Vision Treatment, Neonatal Resuscitation Training and Clean Water Supply Programs with Department of Health (DOH), 2006 - 2007 & 2009-2011.
  • Humanitarian Assistances and Clean Water Supplies Facilities Projects - 2004 to 2011.
  • Wheelchairs Project- 2005, 2007 & 2009, 2010 to 2011.
  • Projects on Emergency Relief, reconstruction of community schools and clean water supplies at Than Hlyn, Twante, Kyun Gyan Gone, Pyapon, Daedaye, Bogalay Townships June 2008 to December 2009 in respond to Nargis Cyclone.
  • Rehabilitation of Damaged Schools, consrruction of Schools and Water Filters Project in Sittwe, Kyauk Phyu, and Mye Bon Townships in response to GIRI Cyclone 2011.

Burnet Institute/Aus-Aid /CPWG:

  • Post Cyclone Giri immediate response project 4th March 2011 to 20th June 2011,Mye Bon Township, Rakhine State

Green Care (People-in-Need): CDA has signed Project Agreements with Green Care and implemented following projects:

  • Early Recovery Pilot Project on agriculture and fishing livelihoods assistances at three affected villages in Amar Sub Township, Bogalay Township June to August 2008.
  • "Participatory Livelihood Recovery Project" in villages of Kadonekani and Aye Yar Village Tracts, Bogalay Township from September 2008 to January 2009.
  • "Kyun Thar Yar Village Tract Recovery Project" Bogalay Township from January to June 2009.
  • Constructed 8 community schools.
  • "Kadonkani, Aye Yar Livelihoods and Shelters Recovery Project, Bogalay Township from August to December 2009.

British Embassy's Grassroots Development Programme: Early Recovery and Community Participatory Rehabilitation Pilot Project with the assistance from three villages in Kungyankon Township from August - September 2008.

IRC : Support to sustainably recover both agriculture settings and recovery of livelihood Sources, Kadonkani, Aye Yar and Kyun Thar Yar Village Tracts, Bogale Township. 1st Oct 2009 – 31St Jan 2010.

Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) Yangon
  • The Technical Agreement has been signed with Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) Yangon to assist in certain activities relating Component 2 and 5 of the Joint Programme of FHAM/UNAIDS - November 2003 to July 2004.
  • 17th December 2003 - assisted AHRN. Mobilized the Departments concerned and Buddhist religious universities, institutions, training centers and laymen agencies and organized "One Day Seminar Buddhist Participation in HIV/AIDS Responses in Myanmar" and facilitated the two workshops.
  • November 2003 - assisted AHRN to conduct "Baseline Survey in Kutkhai, Tan Moe Ngae and Muse Townships at Northern Shan State"
  • March - June 2004 - Assisting in organizing "Poster Competition and Exhibition on HIV Prevention"
  • Conducted training courses for training of voluntary social mobilizers on "Social Mobilization, Harm Reduction and HV/AIDS" at Lashio Township in Northern Shan State, March 2005.