Many past development programmes did not succeed because local stakeholders did not participate adequately in the development process. A community-based approach is therefore essential for the success and sustainability of development endeavours. A community-based approach is embodied in the established and known principles of participation, social and gender inclusion, equity, and local stakeholder ownership of the decision-making and development process. Within a community-based framework, policies, programmes and projects are adopted to community level action, i.e., they are based on strategies that enhance the capacity of communities to plan, act, participate in, monitor and effectively manage the development process. Working within communities requires facilitation and partnership building among various interest groups and associations within and among sectors. External facilitation must therefore directly target mechanisms for inclusion of women, the poor, and the socially excluded. The overall objective of the workshop is to expose participants to the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach as an effective strategy towards national development.