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Community Development

Guideline with recommendations for action on community development for the African Centre for Career Enhancement & Skills Support (ACCESS).

The guideline was developped by Anni Roolf (https://www.anniroolf.eu/)

Introduction

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

1 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...

In conclusion: Approach

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