An asset based approach to community development within a Southern African context : how local NGO's understand and practice development and empowerment

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Malley, Anthony, 1947-
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa
dc.creator Perkins, Natalie Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:28Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.other HN801 Z9 C67 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22110
dc.description 153 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 144-153).
dc.description.abstract With a changing world order leaning gradually toward neo-liberal practices, fewer resources are being allocated for community development. More and more urban and rural communities are being told to take an increasingly active role in their own development. This might be the ideal time to shift the community development focus towards development that is truly community centred and community driven. Development begins inside a community and can be truly sustainable when it focuses on personal attributes (skills), development of leadership abilities and establishing useful bonds and relationships inside and outside the community. Needs based approaches to problem solving, may leave members with a collective sense of hopelessness, inadequacy, dependency and a belief that they cannot solve problems on their own. However, community driven approaches can strengthen community members by highlighting their abilities and assets and may be able to transform the understanding of community development, helping members to realize that they have the power to make a difference in their own communities. It is crucial to discover and recognize the power in communities and how various communities are tapping into that power to drive their development.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HN801.Z9
dc.subject.lcsh Community development -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Non-governmental organizations -- South Africa
dc.title An asset based approach to community development within a Southern African context : how local NGO's understand and practice development and empowerment
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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