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2.4 Community Development

This book provides examples of Community Development.

Guideline with recommendations for action on community development for ACCESS

This guideline with recommendations for action on community development for the African Centre fo...

Introduction

This guideline explains the community development approach and relates it to the ACCESS context t...

At the beginning: philosophy of the community perspective

A community is a complex social entity with numerous members and subgroups. These feel connected ...

Building block 1: understanding the core idea and communicating it clearly to all stakeholders

The central link of a community is a common higher purpose, a shared mission and common ideals an...

Building block 2: understanding community history in terms of content

The core idea (building block 1) is the initial spark of the community, which must be continuousl...

Building block 3: understanding who and how the community story is told and received.

Apart from the content of the community story, it is very relevant for community development by w...

Building block 4: continuing and retelling the community story

Once community development has conducted an anamnesis of the community story told so far through ...

Building block 5: analysing groups of actors

After the history building blocks 2 to 4, another indispensable set of topics follows. This has a...

Building block 6: making groups of actors visible to the community and keeping them continuously in view

Whereas Building Block 5 was about taking stock, this Building Block of Community Development is ...

Building block 7: strategically develop and expand relationships with and between selected groups of actors

Building blocks 5 and 6 were about identifying, better understanding and presenting the totality ...

Building block 8: strengthening continuities, commitments and obligations through activities and projects

This building block is about the operational implementation of community development, without whi...

Building block 9: determine responsibilities for community development

This last component is about who takes responsibility for community development and how. Differen...

Conclusion

Since all building blocks taken together are a demanding task that is to be regarded as long-term...