The Community Development Programme

working to support community development for an inclusive, equal and sustainable Ireland.


community development initiatives that address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, and promote human rights


community development responses to a range of social, economic and environmental concerns.


an empowering collaborative approach to building relationships and undertake cooperative initiatives between marginalised groups, mainstream services and decision-making bodies..


the benefits of an autonomous approach to community development in relation to existing, new and emerging issues

The Community Development Programme

Launched in 2021, the Community Development Programme supports organisations to develop community work responses to a range of social, economic and environmental concerns. Currently, there are 10 projects supported by the Community Development Programme.

CDP Network Members


Clare Traveller CDP

Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement

Cultúr Migrant CDP

Limerick Traveller Network CDP

AMAL Muslim Women CDP



Donegal Intercultural Platform CDP

Longford ROMA CDP

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CDP Network

All the CDP Projects are members of the CDP Network, a space for shared learning, facilitated by Community Work Ireland.

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CDP Project Team

The CDP Programme is supported by the CDP Team,  with members from the Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal and Community Work Ireland.


Autonomy is key to the Community Development Programme.

Community Development/Work

While the CDP Projects work in and with a variety of communities, the approach to the work is shared. The work of all the projects is underpinned by Community Work.