Community Aid Alliance

Community Aid Alliance (CAA) is a collective of individuals, networks and groups in Australia and India who together work with and offer support for Community Based Organisations towards their self-reliance.

Our Development Understanding

Community Aid Alliance has been greatly influenced by the understanding and practice of Community Aid Abroad Australia, between 1960 and 2005 and is committed to promote its development philosophy articulated at the Partners Convention in 1984:


Development is a process by which individuals identify themselves as a community and work to expand the capacity of that community to share equitably in its resources for the benefit of its members. The development process will inevitably depend on the community collectively acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills, power, values and organizational structures not only to accomplish the above goals but also to ensure it is not achieved at the expense, either of other communities or of the environment

Focus areas

Community Aid Alliance has specific focus areas: sustainable livelihoods, indigenous peoples rights, natural resource management, alternative healthcare, needs based education and decentralized and alternative energy options.



Linking and Learning

Community Aid Alliance has launched an initiative called Linking and Learning to promote the exchange between India and Australia of best practices and ideas in community development.Linking and Learning provides opportunities for public involvement through study tours, volunteering, fundraising and joining the Community Aid Alliance support groups.



Get Involved

The Community Aid Alliance team needs your support in improving the lives of some of the poorest people such as tribal, dalit and fisher-folk in southern and eastern India, and there are a number of ways for you to get involved. The Linking and Learning program offers unique opportunities to see the effective community work in villages through study tours as well as volunteer placements . Community Aid Alliance also raises funds to maintain projects and create new projects and also welcomesdonations.


I went on a Community Aid Alliance study tour in Eastern India. We visited tribal communities in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa and during meetings with the local people we were able to see the life-changing effect of community development on the villages. I learned so much about the real side of India and the benefits of as well as the challenges facing this kind of work and I feel extremely lucky that I have experienced this. Claire Salvetti, PR Director, Sydney, Australia