Joint Development Associates

Catalyzing Transformational Development


Transformational Development

JDA believes each person has unique creative abilities to make a difference in their lives, in their families, in their communities and their nation. The creative capacity of each person is at the heart of the transformational development process. JDA helps catalyze transformational development by investing in individuals to help them realize their unique creative potential in solving their own problems, transforming their own lives as well as their families and communities. Societies that are most successful in helping its people realize their creative potential is the society that will be most successful.

The dynamic creativity of people is also the source of improvement in human well-being and wealth creation. The nations that provide the most individual freedom for creativity will ultimately generate the most human well-being, prosperity and the most real wealth. The economic future of any nation is not and never has been tied to the physical assets we see. History has proven that the economic future of nations is tied to the vast potential of creative thinking and to the extent that individuals have liberty to do so. Progress is dependent on many factors but the driving force for progress is the human capacity to create. The only impediment to this is a fearful or limited concept of the real source of our wealth, a lack of faith, fatalistic attitudes or a worldview that that looks to the past and not to the future. Progress happens, development happens, as free individuals and institutions create new ideas to unfold new processes and discover new resources to develop.

Societies will be transformed when they have liberty or freedom to imagine, theorize, conceptualize, experiment, invent, articulate, organize, manage, solve problems with their minds and hands that contribute to the progress of the individual, their families, communities and nation.


A deeply rooted change in worldview, values, attitude, actions, and relationship structures.

Battering the economic, political, social and spiritual behavior.

Transforming individual, families and communities.


Our worldview is the assumptions that we hold about life which forms our view of reality.  These assumptions are so pervasive and essential to how we think and how we approach life that we often do not even know they are there or understand when and how they are at work. They are formed within us from earliest childhood, what we are taught, the expectations and behaviors from family and community members.  We develop our way of seeing the world from our culture and we tend to think what our culture thinks and value what our culture values.