Caritas Development Institute envisions of a just society where people and people's institutions uphold humanistic values and are capacitated in knowledge and skills for sustainable livelihood.

Caritas Development Institute

Centre for Training & Research
A Trust of Caritas Bangladesh

Caritas Development Institute (CDI) is the Training and Research Center of Caritas Bangladesh. CDI was established in 1983 with a view to extending training, evaluation and research services to Caritas projects staff and other NGO personnel, people's organization, Church and ethnic institutions in Bangladesh. Since inception CDI has been assisting Caritas projects and other development partners through continuous innovative practices. It also contributes to orientation of development activists; enhance their knowledge, skills and develop positive attitudes utilized for improved performance.
From January 2010 CDI has been started its journey as a Trust of Caritas Bangladesh.
Team spirit, openness and transparency are believed to be key determinants of organizational performance. Lastly, CDI wants to establish as proactive force for sustainable development.

Our Vision

In the light of the Social Teachings of the Church, Caritas Bangladesh envisions a society, which embraces the values of freedom and justice, peace and forgiveness, to live as a communion and community of mutual respect and love.

Core Values

CDI core values are human dignity, spirituality, inclusiveness, professionalism, equity in men-women relationship, honesty and integrity, participation, justice and peace, mutual respect and sensitivity to environment and bio-diversity.

Our Mission

CDI aspires to develop human resources through capacitating Caritas Bangladesh, and partner NGOs staff; and Church, ethnic and social institutions for effective and efficient management of their development initiatives in the way of professional, institutional and personnel’s management capacities.

Our Goal

Strengthening human resource and civil society actors for institution building, social transformation and sustainable development.

Contributing development interventions through research/study for social advancement.

Strengthening quality services of Library and ICT as a learning and Resource Centre through modern and digitalized technology.

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Core Competencies :

1 Have long experienced facilitators for facilitating People-led Organizations (POs).
2 Experience in capacity development of ethnic/indigenous community, Church and leaders of different faiths.
3 Generating and sharing need based information to the grassroots level staff and POs.
4 Conducting value education for encouraging faith based practices irrespective of any religion.
5 Have experience in developing capacity on peace building and conflict resolution.
6 Promote men-women relationship along with sensitive practices within the organization and POs.

Distinctive Competencies :

1 Providing capacity development support to Adivasi/Indigenous community, Church and religious leaders of different faiths.
2 Formation of staff, social and religious leaders focusing on value education and morality development.

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Key Domains

Research :

Research Unit is an important domain of CDI. Its area of specialization is conducting different socio economic research, empirical research, exploratory research, ethno­ graphic research and participatory action research for Caritas Bangladesh, partner organizations, and other non-government organizations at national and international level.
CDI research explores innovative thoughts and develops knowledge and helps to apply it as well in different development areas. CDI Research Unit conducts research in the areas of:

1 Socio-Economic Study.
2 Baseline and Endline Study.
3 Impact Assessment / Project Evaluation.
4 Employment & Labour Market Analysis Study.
5 Project Feasibility Study.
6 Social Action Research.
7 Tracer Study.
8 Need Assessment.
Training :

Training is one of the key domain of CDI. CDI plays a vital role for institution and capacity building of Caritas and its development partner’s. CDI has long experience in designing, and conducting training courses. CDI offers a broad range of training courses.
CDI has long experience in designing, and conducting training courses. CDI offers a broad range of training courses. These are:

1 Community and Social Development.
2 Education and Formation.
3 Health and Sanitation.
4 Ecological Conservation and Development.
5 Right Based Approaches and Good Governance.
6 Men-Women Relationship (Gender).
7 Leadership and Management.
8 Project Planning, Monitoring and Report Writing.

CDI has a modern and rich library with a large collection of books.

1 User-friendly environment.
2 Fully air-conditioned study area, well- furnished seating.
3 Arrangement for individual and group study.
4 Rich collection of academic and non-academic books, journals, periodicals, various reports from government and NGOs, daily local newspaper.
5 Circulation of library materials.
6 Reprographic service (Photocopy, Scan, Print etc.).
7 Current Awareness Service (CAS).
8 Reference and Referral service.
9 Cyber zone facilities.
10 News clipping on various issues all over the world.
11 Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI Service).
12 Automated library operation.

Physical Facalties

CDI has nature friendly open premises. It has two well-equipped training halls for organizing training, seminar, conference and meeting having all modern amenities like air condition, multimedia, Wi-Fi etc. CDI also offers residential and dining facilities for 50 people at a time. Residential facility comprises both AC and Non AC services with 24 hrs. Wi-Fi availability. AC rooms with TV are available on demand.

Training Halls

Caritas Development Institute features training halls for educational empowerment.

Library Facilities

Caritas Development Institute provides library facilities for enriched learning.

Dining Facilities

Caritas Development Institute now serves meals, aiding community growth and support.

Conference Hall

Caritas Development Institute offers hall room facilities for versatile programs.