Asset Based Learning

Tool: Asset Based Community Development

A type of development that utilizes communities, assets, strengths and resources.

TOOL

Asset Based Community Development

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.

ABCD

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):

  1. It focuses on community assets and strengths rather than problems and needs
  2. It identifies and mobilises individual and community assets, skills and passions
  3. It is community driven – ‘building communities from the inside out’ (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993)
  4. It is relationship driven

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