Tool: Asset Based Community Development
A type of development that utilizes communities, assets, strengths and resources.
A development methodology for communities, that uses the community's own assets and resources as the basis for development; it empowers the people of the community by encouraging them to utilize what they already possess.
Asset Based Community Development = (ABCD)
Asset-based community development (ABCD) is a methodology for the sustainable development of communities based on their strengths and potentials.
Description: ABCD is built on four foundations (Kretzmann, 2010; Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993 Mathie & Cunningham, 2003):
- It focuses on community assets and strengths rather than problems and needs
- It identifies and mobilises individual and community assets, skills and passions
- It is community driven – ‘building communities from the inside out’ (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993)
- It is relationship driven
- ABCD Asset Mapping tookit PDF by Dan Duncan, Clear Impact
- Jim Diers on the seven principles of ABCD (YouTube)
- ABCD Animation (YouTube)