27 tháng 2, 2008


What is Community Development?
Good community development is action that helps people to recognise and develop their ability and potential and organise themselves to respond to problems and needs which they share. It supports the establishment of strong communities that control and use assets to promote social justice and help improve the quality of community life. It also enables community and public agencies to work together to improve the quality of government.
SCDC promotes best practice in community development using this model:
Purpose: People want to live in healthy communities. These are communities in which they:
feel able to be who they are
have positive prospects for their future
experience respect and equal and fair treatment
Focus: To achieve this people want to be in a community that:
creates wealth and gives everyone access to its benefits,
cares for all its members, when they need it, throughout their life span
provides an environment that is safe and attractive
enables people to express and celebrate their creativity and diverse cultures
enables everyone to participate in decision that affect their lives
Methods: To support them to contribute to the creation of such a community, community development promotes:
Opportunity for people to learn and develop their own skills
Reaches out to and involves those who may be excluded or disadvantaged
Helps communities to create organisations that can tackle their needs and represent their interests
Works to promote engagement and dialogue between communities and agencies that affect their lives
SCDC contributes and subscribes to the Budapest Declaration on Community Development.

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