By Charlie McConnell In 1977, I became a community development educator teaching at a higher education institute (later absorbed by the University) in Dundee, a city on the East Coast of Scotland, which, this year, plays host to the World Community Development Conference. Scotland was the place to be. The Labour government had just published … Continue reading Creating a Profession in Fits and Starts
By Ron Hustedde The community development field continues to grow across the globe. It is argued that this expansion is rooted in three factors: devolution, the subsequent growth of non-governmental organizations, and the revived interest in community and the politics of place and interests. Community development can be defined by solidarity and agency. Solidarity is … Continue reading On Community Development Education
Case Study - Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health The FRST programme "Mäori Community Goals for Enhancing Ecosystem Health" (FRST Contract TWWX0001) began in 1998. The programme evolved from a previous FRST-funded programme "Mäori values for land use planning" that ran from 1995 to 1998, and helped build collaborative research relationships with Ngati Porou. … Continue reading Case Study – Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health
Executive Summary The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan. PROPEL provided material improvements in the lives of community members and at the same time strengthened the communities’ … Continue reading Community-Driven Development Methods for South Sudan: Key Findings and Recommendations.
This paper is comprised of case studies from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Communities in Transition 2 Programme. The Programme seeks to: build relationships within and between people and communities; promote local participation in community development and peace-building work; and create community cohesion by offering opportunities and support that had not been previously accessible … Continue reading Case studies from the Communities in Transition 2 Programme, Northern Island.
Over the years much research has been carried out on poverty and social inclusion in rural Ireland. Academics, researchers, Government agencies and organisations working in the Community and Voluntary Sector have published vast amounts of reports on poverty and marginalised and vulnerable groups living in rural areas. Many of the issues people living in rural … Continue reading Poverty and Social Inclusion the Case for Rural Ireland
In recent years the role of communities in tackling poverty has been a major component of Irish social policy with several national programmes funded to address social inclusion. Many of these incorporate and promote community development approaches such as the Community Development Programme itself, the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Family and Community … Continue reading The Role of Community Development in Tackling Poverty in Ireland. A Literature Review for the Combat Poverty Agency