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CDA "Collaborative Learning Projects is a non-profit organization, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). We are committed to improving the effectiveness of international actors who provide humanitarian assistance, engage in peace practice, and are involved in supporting sustainable development...

"Many individuals and agencies know of CDA through its Executive Director, Mary B. Anderson and her 1999 book: Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace - Or War.

"CDA Collaborative Learning Projects is a direct off-shoot of the Collaborative for Development Action, Inc., a small consulting agency founded in 1985.

"The Collaborative for Development Action, Inc. was founded as a small consulting corporation in 1985 by Mary B. Anderson and Catherine A. Overholt. Both economists, Anderson and Overholt had worked for some years in international development and health policy. They founded CDA, Inc. as a base from which they could initiate and develop new approaches, in collaboration with colleagues in the poorer countries and other international actors, that would continually push the effectiveness of international assistance...

"Catherine A. Overholt has retired from CDA, Inc. and continues her commitment to development by running a small farm supporting reforestation in rural Mexico." [1]

Their most recent publication is: "Getting it Right Making Corporate-Community Relations Work," by Luc Zandvliet and Mary B. Anderson, Jun 2009.


Accessed April 2010: [2]



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  1. About, CDA, accessed April 7, 2010.
  2. Directors, CDA, accessed April 7, 2010.