Participatory Development Program (PDP)

Context:  The Participatory Development Program (PDP) is the one of the largest of the HEED’s programs and is the core of all its work. Providing support to the poor to enable them to break the chains has been the core strategy of HEED’s Participatory Development Program (PDP). HEED first began its work in a participatory approach in 1985, dropping its former approach. HEED considers the concept of empowerment as the key parameter for providing development assistance. The logic behind the concept is that people are able to improve their socio-economic conditions taking initiatives by themselves only when they are empowered. Objectives of PDP:
  • Facilitate the organization of functional groups towards their empowerment and sustainable development
  • Empower the target women to control their lives and situation both socially and economically
  • Increase the literacy rate of poor rural children
  • Improve the health status of target group
  • Empowerment through economic self-sufficiency of the target group
  • Develop livestock and fisheries resources of target group and raise their income level
Major Components:
  • Institution building
  • Training for capacity building of Partner’s group and Ward Committee members
  • Awareness raising, especially on HIV/AIDS, Arsenic and Environment
Working Areas: The activities of the PDP were implemented in 11 (eleven) districts across the country.
Sl. No Name of Districts Name of Thana
1 Moulvibazar Kamalgonj, Rajnagar, Kulaura
2 Habigonj Madhabpur
3 Khulna Dacope. Batiaghata, Rupsha
4 Bagerhat Fakirhat
5 Chittangong Hatiya
6 Noakhali Chokoria
7 Cox’s Bazar Panchbibi, Kalai
8 Joypurhat  Gobindgonj, Palashbari
9 Gaibandha Ghoraghat, Hakimpur, Phulbari, Birampur, Parbotipur, Nawabgonj
10      Dinajpur       
The Success of PDP:
  • Women’s mobility has increased and their husbands are more accommodating about their mobility.
  • Women’s awareness on legal issues has improved, which has improved the status of women within their own families and in the society they live in.
  • Participation of community leaders and local Government representatives in the workshops on legal issues and their awareness has improved. As a result in the local arbitration process, influence of ‘Fatwa’ (Religious rules) has decreased tremendously.
  • Parents now put much more value on children’s education and are willing to sacrifice their interests for it.
  • People are becoming more aware of the bad effect of early marriage.
  • Health related awareness training and other support services have contributed to better health practices in the community.
  • Trained TBAs are conducting child delivery more hygienically and safe delivery ensures the reduction of child mortality.
  • Women’s participation in development activities and decision-making process has improved.
  • At the beginning of the PDP, the women in the project areas were afraid of strangers, even within their own environment, but through group formation, training and extensive facilitation under PDP a new image of women is now emerging.
Duration of PDP Implementation: 1985 – 2010