Overview of CDSA Organisational Structure
The focus of each of the constituent entities is as follows:
(i). A unique multi-disciplinary postgraduate teaching programme is the focus of the School of Development Planning (SDP) with an emphasis on creating a cadre of development professionals.

(ii). Commissioned and sponsored research projects in rural and urban development is the focus of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD). The institute also conducts short-term training programmes on a demand basis and organizes seminars, workshops and dialogues for NGOs and Government agencies.

(iii). With the focus on service to other entities within CDSA, the Barbara Ward Library and Documentation Centre (BWLDC) is the central repository of information. It publishes The Development Network (Quarterly), which has a membership of over 1200 NGOs. All CDSA publications are routed through the BWLDC, which is now in the process of launching a new digital library initiative.

(iv). The Executive Training Centre and Hostel (ETCH) provides high quality infrastructure for workshops, seminars, short courses, conferences and training programmes on the CDSA campus.

(v). Innovative approaches and methodologies in Natural Resource Management is the focus of the Wasteland Development Demonstration Farm (WDDF) at the CDSA campus in Bavdhan Khurd.