Kalahi CIDSS, also known as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, is a Philippine government poverty alleviation program run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It employs the community-driven development (CDD) strategy. CDD is a globally recognized strategy for improving service delivery, poverty reduction, and governance.

Started in 2003, its expansion was approved on January 18, 2013 by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, which was led by President Benigno Aquino III.


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What is community-driven development (CDD) approach

Community Driven Development (CDD) approach includes following objectives

  • Aids communities in poor municipalities in identifying challenges related to poverty reduction and making informed decisions on a variety of locally identified development options, including how and in what form;
  • Provides communities with control over resources for addressing local poverty;
  • Increases the capacity of both state (including local governments) and civil society stakeholders to provide assistance and respond to calls for assistance from poor communities as they implement development initiatives.

The Kalahi-CIDSS development goal is to empower barangays/communities in targeted municipalities to improve access to services and participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.



182 municipalities were covered by the Kalahi-CIDSS-Additional Financing, which receives financial support from the World Bank.

164 municipalities statewide, including 102 new municipalities implementing CDD, received funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) at the same time (the remaining 62 were previously covered by the parent project).

The DSWD planned to scale up CDD into a nationwide program to be dubbed the National Community Driven Development Program in response to a high demand from partner LGUs and communities and with the backing of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) (NCDDP).


NCDDP aims to:

  • Empower communities by treating them not as passive recipients of assistance and services but as partners in development;
  • Improve local governance by improving people’s engagement with and access to their LGUs, thereby making it more democratic and participatory;
  • Reduce poverty by implementing barangay-level projects that respond to the communities’ felt needs and problems.


NCDDP is expected to achieve the following benefits for communities:

  • Better access to basic services;
  • Improve core local poverty indicators in project municipalities;
  • Increase percentages of households that report an increase in knowledge, skills, and confidence to participate collectively in local governance activities in project municipalities;
  • Improve the attendance of members from marginalized groups in barangay assemblies

Principles of DSWD Kalahi CIDSS Project

The NCDDP is guided by the principles of LET-CIDSS:

  • Localized decision-making
  • Empowering
  • Transparent
  • Community prioritization
  • Inclusive and multi-stakeholder
  • Demand-driven
  • Simple and Sustainable

Vision of KALAHI CIDSS Project

The overall community development approach and strategy used by NCDDP and its parent project Kalahi-CIDSS is CDD (Community-Driven Development).

The CDD approach ensures that development priorities are addressed in an inclusive, participatory, and demand-driven manner. This is accomplished through localized decision-making during social preparation activities. It was also possible through the identification, development, prioritization, establishment, and operation of community projects.

The NCDDP will support the operation and expansion of the Kalahi-CIDSS CDD, as well as its integration with the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster’s (HDPRC) Bottom Up Planning and Budgeting (BUB) process in selected municipalities.

NCDDP will exclusively implement the following:

  • Institutionalize performance-based CDD support for municipalities that have finished at least 4 cycles of old and existing Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities which have participated in four or more Kalahi-CIDSS funding cycles;
  • Continue CDD operation in existing KALAHI-CIDSS municipalities and expand into new targeted poor municipalities;
  • Integrate Kalahi-CIDSS CDD and LPRAP-BUP process in common municipalities of the NCDDP and HDPRC, for more systematized community participation in local poverty reduction action;
  • Institutionalize capacity building and learning on CDD for community volunteers, partner national government agencies, LGUs, CSOs and other partners;
  • Support integration of the role of provincial LGUs in Bottom Up Planning and Budgeting and CDD, particularly in provinces with high concentrations of NCDDP municipalities; and
  • Continue support for the government’s DSWD convergence of CCT-CDD-Livelihood Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program. This supports by providing needed health and education social infrastructure facilities in target CCT areas. This enables the Program’s beneficiaries to comply with the requirements of the conditional cash transfer program.

Recognition and Awards

Kalahi CIDSS received the following Awards and Recognitions

  • Top 5 best practices in project design among 200 selected projects worldwide (Quality Assurance Group, 2003) by World Bank
  • Learning laboratory on poverty reduction with government officials from Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia and Nepal conducting study tours to Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities by Asian Countries
  • Perfect scorecard, as rated by 92 non-government and people’s organizations, because of the Project’s engagement with civil society organizations by Civil Society (2005)
  • Presidential Citation for the Project’s Outstanding Contribution to Poverty Alleviation (2010), Good Practice Award from NEDA under the Category of Strategies in Achieving by Government agencies
  • Desired Sector Outcomes (2010), Best Public Sector Project, as awarded by the Regional Council of Western Visayas (2006)

You can visit DSWD Kalahi CIDSS website from here https://kalahi.dswd.gov.ph/

Contact Details

Kalahi CIDSS NPMO, DSWD Complex, Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Phone Number : (02) 8952-0697

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/DSWDKALAHICIDSS