Communication for Development and Learning (CDL)
SECTOR: Development
SUB SECTOR: NGO Support Services
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
% Spent on beneficiaries
Financial Score:
Age: 24 Years
Tax Benefit: 50%
Foreign donations:
Location(s): Work in progress.
Issues Addressed:
Work in progress.
Supported by:
Work in progress.
Key Trustees:
Mr. Shangon Das Gupta, Exec. Director
Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee, Trustee
Ms. Arundhati Nag, Trustee
Mr. Anantha Padmanabha, Trustee
Ms. Kalpana Sharma, Trustee
Sector Comparison:
Beneficiary Spend:
Average: 83.6% Highest: 100.0% Lowest: 9.5%
Average: Rs86 lac Highest: Rs9 cr Lowest: Rs45,032
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Communication for Development and Learning (CDL) was established in 1997. It employs a unique three-way communication model to engage the community in Bengaluru; simultaneously learning from them, while also communicating with a wider audience using a variety of media.

Some of their activities in FY15 were:

  • Media Research: Media research continued this year and seven Kannada newspapers were scanned. These papers were scanned every day for development news. Specific focus was given on tracking the coverage on water and sanitation in the language newspapers. The findings of the media tracking on sanitation and its analysis were presented at the media workshops on sanitation for language journalists, used as the basis for designing media interventions and included in the content of the Kannada Water Portal.
  • Sanitation Journalism:  CDL entered into a partnership with UNICEF to build capacity of journalists in the language press to cover sanitation, especially to create awareness on the consequences of open defecation among the rural community. The objectives of the initiative were to assess and understand the knowledge level of journalists on sanitation through a Need Assessment survey, prepare a ready-reckoner handbook for journalists for writing on sanitation, and increase coverage of sanitation and hygiene issues through the Kannada print media in the districts of Karnataka.
  • Kannada Water Portal: Arghyam, a grant making foundation, has promoted the India Water Portal (IWP) which is an online knowledge repository on water and sanitation issues. Arghyam had launched the Kannada Water Portal (KWP) ( in 2008, but unfortunately it had stagnated without much contribution in terms of content and viewers.
  • Documentation: Government of Karnataka has established the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) to address the tertiary health needs of the poor in the State under the umbrella of Department of Health and Family Welfare. Karnataka State Health Systems Resource Centre (KSHSRC) developed the perspective plan 2014-19 for SAST. KSHSRC assigned CDL to edit 116 pages of the document entitled ‘SAST Perspective Plan 2014-19’.
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Source : Audit Report 2016