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A conference last Friday about Asset Based Community Development gave me some terrific insights into on-the-ground principles for People Powered Change (PPC), and also some directions for thinking about the ways that Big Lottery (BIG) and other funders could in future support both action and learning. ( Here’s a summary of explorations so far). The event was organised by Forever Manchester – which is the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester – with the ABCD substance provided by Comac Russell and Jim Diers of Nurture Development UK . As Shaun Walsh mentioned in this post , the roots of BIG thinking about PPC lie in the ABCD approach (I hope you are keeping up with the acronyms so far). More on BIG and ABCD here , and also here , for earlier interviews with Cormac and Jim. I arrived on the second day of the event, to hear Jim talking about the seven principles of ABCD, which he summarised for me afterwards.
The following publications developed by the ABCD Institute, as well as individuals and groups within our network, are available for free download by clicking on the document title. ( These papers are copyrighted. You have the authors' permission to download and reproduce them for distribution; however, please include the title page to assure proper attribution.) Building the Bridge from Client to Citizen: A Community Toolbox for Welfare Reform by John P.
Asset-based community development ( ABCD ) is a methodology that seeks to uncover and use the strengths within communities as a means for sustainable development . The first step in the process of community development is to assess the resources of a community through a capacity inventory [ 1 ] or through another process of talking to the residents to determine what types of skills and experience are available. The next step is to support communities, to discover what they care enough about to act.
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute and faculty members have developed a number of additional resources for community builders.
PRA ranking exercise being carried out by members of a Farmer Field School in Bangladesh, 2004 Participatory rural appraisal (PRA) is an approach used by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other agencies involved in international development . The approach aims to incorporate the knowledge and opinions of rural people in the planning and management of development projects and programmes.