Community Development

The United Nations defines Community Development as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems”

Community led development is about empowerment and working together to achieve common visions and goals It involves the collaborative working of all sectors towards a mutually held objective, sharing resources and learning, changing leadership to achieve outcomes required and having local ownership and management of the outcome(s) *

Effective Community Transformation methods typically include

  • community based (owned and led by the community)
  • empowering local communities to identify and implement the projects they most need.
  • participatory approach
  • values and uses local resources
  • capacity development
  • local stewardship of the immediate environment, language & folklore
  • addressing of gender issues
  • management of local environmental and natural resources (water management, improved soil productivity, etc.)
  • focus on community transformation, empowerment and reproduction
  • holistic approach
  • focuses on the poor within the community

How to do Sustainable Development (TCD)
This is a video series from GHNI about How to do Long-Term Self-Sustainable Community Development – view at TCD

What is Transformational Community Development?
How dies TCD Work?
What are the key principals of TCD?
How do you select a village for TCD?
Why is community participation important?
How do you increase community participation?
How do you find a person of peace?
Why is a local champion important?
What does a local champion do?
Why are committees important?
How do you tap into local resources?
Examples of using local resources
How do you choose a TCD worker?
Why is TCD worker important?
What is the first thing you do when you enter a village?
What is a seed project?