Some good articles/links – ABCD

Wattle and Daub wall rEvery Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that have caught my eye during the week. This week they all focus on asset-based community development or asset-based community-driven development (ABCD).

A basic guide to ABCD organising by John McKnight – a 20 page introduction to asset-based community development by one of the co-founders. It includes 16 community building questions (page 19-20).

A glass half full: How an asset approach can improve community health and well-being by Jane Foot and Trevor Hopkins – a 32 page report (but there’s a one page summary on page 6) from the UK including a brief overview of a number of techniques.

A new take on ABCD – Asset Based Citizen Led Development? by Sarah Frost – some background on Ikhala, a small grants funding  program, from Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

A Potted History of Asset Based Community Development by Cormac Russell – a brief history of ABCD written for a festival (15th – 19th June 2015) in the UK celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ABCD Institute in the USA.

What’s the Matter with Asset-Based Community Development? by Akwugo Emejulu via What Works Scotland – a bit of a critique of ABCD (with a different view of its history) based on a longer article not freely available on the internet. If you are interested in more details about the longer paper, please contact me (via the contact form).

Beyond ‘glass half full’ – the politics of ABCD from This estate we’re in – some reflections about “the dangers that an ABCD approach brings to the surface, the tightropes it makes us walk.”

One from the vaults

What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)?

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Previous weekend readings
  2. ABCD and Making the invisible visible
  3. More on ABCD in Ethiopia
  4. It’s nearly time to go: ABCD with transient caravan park communities
  5. Angela Blanchard – Building on the strengths of communities

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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