Community development in Aotearoa New Zealand: A historical journey,

In this article we seek to describe the key periods and influences of community development practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our historical journey gives particular consideration to the specific impacts the government’s neoliberal policies have had on community development in this country. This work highlights the hostile policy environment that has left community development isolated … Continue reading Community development in Aotearoa New Zealand: A historical journey,

The impact of NZ third way style government on women in community development

New Zealand organizations that are engaged in community development practice to empower women are disadvantaged under neo-liberal and Third Way-style policies of the New Zealand government. Recent research has shown that community development work in New Zealand has been marginalized as a result of partnering with government, due in part to a focus on the … Continue reading The impact of NZ third way style government on women in community development

Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment

Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment by Jenny Aimers and Peter Walker. Aotearoa Social Work, Issue 23(3), 2011 Community development is a core subject in social work education, yet social work discourse often places community development at its margins (Mendes, 2009). This article considers the location of community development and … Continue reading Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment

Can community development practice survive neoliberalism in Aotearoa New Zealand?

This article discusses the development and contested nature of community development practice and the effects of neoliberalism on community development in Aotearoa New Zealand. We describe how community development has been constructed and influenced by the neoliberal environment since the early 1980s. In this country neoliberal policies transformed the community and voluntary sector with community … Continue reading Can community development practice survive neoliberalism in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Community Development: Insights for practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand

Description This book examines the depth and breadth of experience in community work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand with examples from practice from 13 community workers working in the Otago and Southland/Murihiku region. While the examples are drawn from this area, their application is universal, encompassing the theory and practice ('praxis') of community development as both a process … Continue reading Community Development: Insights for practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand

Actors and networks in urban community garden development

Abstract: Community gardens play a significant role in challenging neoliberal inequities by serving as spaces of alternative food production and community development activities in marginalized neighbourhoods. While past research has explored the production of place in community gardens, less attention is paid to the role of social networks in garden development. Yet, network formation is … Continue reading Actors and networks in urban community garden development

Definition and exploration

Newsletter c/o Vanguard Definitions and exploration of Community Development This past year the Community Development Society members engaged in several deep and thoughtful conversations. A primary theme for discussion was that of the society adopting a working definition of community development. This conversation was prompted during the 2016 joint Community Development Society/International Association for Community Development … Continue reading Definition and exploration