A video introducing asset-based community development (ABCD)

This is a brief introduction to ABCD—asset-based community development (or asset-based community-led development)—produced by The Calabash Trust in South Africa.

I like how it discusses the idea that the health of our minds and hearts affect our material well-being.  Too much “development” has focussed on material well-being and standard of living rather than quality of life. I recognise the risks involved in somebody from an overdeveloped nation talking about an over-emphasis on standard of living, but there is a real danger for the World if we export our over-consumption to other parts of the globe.

We need development that values what is important to for a fulfilling life.

Clearly there is a need to improve the standard of living of many people in the world, but we need to do it in ways the help strengthen community well-being.

I found the Slumming It documentary with Kevin McCloud quite confronting. In exploring Dharavi, a community in Mumbai, the documentary highlighted some of the real problems with the living conditions for the people in the community, but also highlighted the many strengths of the community. The response by the government to some of the problems faced by the community, undermined many of its strengths.

ABCD, offers an approach to development that doesn’t simply focus on standard of living but also recognises the importance of relationships, communities having power, and community building.

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

  1. What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)?
  2. An example of asset-based community development (Video)
  3. A reading list on ABCD (over 100 resources)
  4. Our addiction to growth
  5. 10 ways to reduce your consumption
  6. 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement

If you find any problems with the blog, (e.g., broken links or typos) I’d love to hear about them. You can either add a comment below or contact me via the Contact page.

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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