a process of identifying community leaders, organizing groups or building on existing groups and training these groups and individuals to assess their needs and resources; prioritizing a list of problems that can be addressed; planning a project or an activity; obtaining resources to implement the plan; taking action; and evaluating their impact using the lessons learned to begin the cycle again. Community development takes into account, and is influenced by, the external environment including macroeconomic and political realities and global trends.
the process of improving the social, economic and cultural conditions of a village or small town.
The terms community development and economic development are generally used to express a similar idea: that of community members working together to achieve long-term benefits for the community and an overall stronger sense of community.
Community development is all about bringing people and groups together in their neighbourhoods to identify local needs, bring about improvements to life in the area and help residents have more influence over the decisions that affect them. Within New Deal, this work is carried out by a dedicated Community Regeneration Team, which includes six local residents who have taken the opportunity to train as community workers. To find out more, phone 0191 226 3617.
a statement of the vision, philosophy and processes underpining CFA's approach to creating a safer Victoria, through the development of self-reliant communities
A group of people living together in a smaller social unit within a larger one and having interests, work, etc., in common and working together for growth, advancement, and improvement (economic, social, safety, justice, etc.).
A private, nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors (consisting of residents of the community and business and civic leaders) whose principal purpose is planning, developing or managing low-income housing or community development projects.
A process of developing or building up communities of men and women to enable empowerment, self-sufficiency and control over their environment. Community development differs from community consultation in that it achieves deeper knowledge, empathy, active participation and an increase in overall community confidence in its capacity to take decisions. Community consultation refers to a more unequal process where one party dictates the terms on which information will be transferred and responses obtained.
Community development is a range of activities dedicated to: increasing the strength and effectiveness of communities; improving local conditions (especially for people in disadvantaged situations); and enabling people to participate in public decision-making to achieve greater long-term control over their circumstances. For more info: Community development strategies
is the process of involving communities to make their own decisions about factors, which determine their health. It concerns working in collaborative ways with people and communities to develop their strength and confidence over an extended time period, as well as addressing immediate and pressing problems.
Refers to efforts to strengthen and develop communities within urban or suburban neighborhoods or towns. The term is related to Main Street Programs, but community development efforts need not focus on central business districts or even on economic aspects of ommunities. Efforts to reduce crime, increase pedestrian safety, educate citizens about racial or ethnic diversity, create or celebrate local identity, etc., could all be described by this term.
see also Main Street Programs-- ECONOMIC ASPECTS-- LAW AND LEGISLATION
Is about building active and sustainable communities based on and mutual respect. It is about changing power structures to remove the barriers that prevent people from participating in the issues that affect their lives.
The process of undertaking long-term work in a local community that leads to greater levels of sustainability.
Lending supports non-profits and cooperatives that are working directly with disadvantaged populations and communities to develop enterprises that provide core social resources, such as health services and day-care centres.
Increasing the ability of communities, particularly marginalised communities, to work together to identify and take action on priorities defined as important by the communities themselves. Community action can be defined as action by a collective of people who mobilise and co-ordinate systems and resources to solve mutual problems or to pursue mutual goals.
The process of providing help and advice to communities to bring about social change and justice by working with them to identify their needs, plan their next steps, take action and evaluate the results, all in ways which challenge oppression and tackle inequalities.(Adapted from the National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work)
The long-term process whereby people who are marginalised or living in poverty work together to identify their needs, create change, exert more influence in the decisions which affect their lives and work to improve the quality of their lives, the communities in which they live, and the society of which they are part.
See ecological succession.
local empowerment through organized groups of people acting collectively to control decisions, projects, programs, and policies that affect them as a community.
Community members working together to achieve long-term benefits for the community and an overall stronger sense of community. Effective development has four important characteristics: It is predicated upon the importance of social and economic institutions in the lives of community members. It is planned and achieved with representation, input, and guidance from a cross-section of community members. It builds efficient, self-sustaining, locally controlled initiatives to address social and economic issues in the community. It promotes the economic self-reliance of community members and of the community as a whole.
As defined by Northern Ireland Compact, Dec 98: a collective process whereby members of a community come together to effect change and to address the needs within the community based on principles of self help and inclusion. The Welsh Assembly Scheme (Sept 00) recognises it as 'people working together, on issues they identify, to bring about change through collective action'.
Building and maintaining a healthy community by engaging community members in learning about and understanding community issues, such as the economic, educational, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with being a progressive member of society.
is more than just economic development (although economic development is included). Community development is the process or effort of building communities on a local level with emphasis on building the economy, forging and strengthening social ties, and developing the non-profit sector.
Community development, informally called community building, is a broad term applied to the practices and academic disciplines of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of local communities. It may form part of the larger subject of Ecologically Sustainable Community Economic Development (ESCED).