The Comité de Reconstrucción y Desarrollo Económico-Social de las Comunidades de Suchitoto, Cuscatlán (CRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in November, 1988 by 11 communities resettled by people displaced by the war in the department of Cuscatlán. CRC served as a representative organization for these communities during the armed conflict, to help generate social, economic, political and moral support.

Since 1993, the CRC has worked to support the development of 30 affiliated rural communities, coordinating, facilitating, planning, promoting, and executing projects for integrated development to bring about an improved quality of life in the communities. The CRC has active projects in the areas of women's development, popular education, community health, community radio, sustainable agriculture, reforestation and environmental conservation.

The CRC Staff and Board meet to strategize.


Asociación de Desarrollo Económico Social, Santa Marta (ADES) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, formed on April 15, 1993, to attend to the economic and social needs of marginal communities, particularly the communities of repatriated war refugees in the northern zone of the department of Cabañas.

The objective of ADES is to contribute to the integrated development of communities in the department of Cabañas for the purpose of improving the quality of life and developing the organizational bases that will empower the communities to influence the definition and implementation of social and economic strategies on a local level. ADES works in the areas of popular education, women's development, community health, community radio, and community organizing, with programs in five municipalities.

The staff and volunteers of ADES do some of the best community development work in El Salvador.


Fundación Salvadoreña para la Reconstrucción y el Desarrollo (REDES) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with the mission of contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the economically and socially disadvantaged population of El Salvador. Since 1988, REDES has worked with displaced and dispossessed urban and rural sectors of the Salvadoran population for post-war reconstruction and for sustainable social and economic development.

Guided by the principle that people need to be subjects of their own development, REDES manages programs on a national level in the areas of micro-lending and business training, land reform, housing, agricultural and livestock production, disaster relief and environmental conservation. CRC and ADES are both member organizations of REDES.


The Institute for Development and Democracy (IPADE) is a non-profit civil organization established in March of 1990, in order to promote sustainable development and democracy in Nicaragua. For 25 years, it has administered projects and organized communities in the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the country.

The IPADE mission is to improve the conditions and the quality of life of vulnerable and excluded people, transforming institutional conditions and raising capacities of social groups and citizens, creating sustainable development and democratic society, IPADE annually engages over 20,000 Nicaraguans.

IPADE works in a wide variety of areas, dependent on the needs and priorities of their partner communities. They’ve worked in public policy, leadership formation, rain forestry, seed banking-storage, farm diversity, agro forest systems, business management, community based education, human rights, support of indigenous populations, environmental risk management and adaptation to climate change, community entrepreneurship and fair trade, community organization, voting rights, electoral observation and electoral system reform.

The IPADE staff outside the Ocotal offices