General overview

 Who we are

The Romanian Center for Innovation in Local Development (CRIDL) is an organization that offers innovative solutions to support local sustainable development in Romania. CRIDL was established in 2011 by team of people with extensive previous experience of working together in development work. Learn more about CRIDL members here

Our guiding premise is that innovation can have a significant impact on all three levels of action that we consider necessary to generate change: (1) correct diagnosis and problem awareness, (2) development and adoption of effective policy responses, and (3) conducting specific interventions for the benefit and with the participation of local communities. Read more about the CRIDL action lines here

We see innovation in the adoption of new tools (eg. new technologies, new assessment methods) that are appropriately adapted for the local context, work approaches (e.g., interdisciplinary work, reconsidering the role of end-user), or promoting new paradigms of thought in local development policy and practice. Read more about thematic areas that we want to reach in our work here


Principles we base our work on

Promote open source development – we believe that many simple, viable and effective solutions already exist and are accessible and made freely available by communities of passionate developers. We seek to to leverage the practice of collaborative innovation, promote the connection of Romania with this global pool of knowledge, and contribute to the development of open source resources.

Act through networks – we believe that we should, whenever possible, build on existing foundations, efforts, and energy already invested, and thus avoid duplication and waste of resources. We constantly seek to engage with partner organizations and local initiatives and serve as a catalyst or facilitator, thus achieving a multiplier affect for our efforts.

Financial sustainability – we aim to develop models of social entrepreneurship for projects that will be self-supported and sustainable in regards to finances and other resource requirements. We believe that in this way we can ensure the sustainability of our actions as well as reach a wider number of beneficiary communities.

Ethical and non-intrusive approach – we seek solutions that align to the local values ​​and cultural spaces in which we work, avoiding to impose outside solutions that are not agreed to nor that conflict with social, economic and natural environments of the target communities.