Putting It All Together: Community Development Summary

We’ve proposed that community development is more of a process than anything else. It’s the process in which a community become more aware of the problems within their community, understands the problem’s causes and effects, identifies feasible and achievable solutions to said problem, develops a plan of attack to solve that problem, and then implements […]

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3 Ways to Ensure Completion of a Community Development Project

Staying on course until the goal is accomplished is a challenge. Our goal as outsiders is to see the community (the insiders) accomplish their initial tasks of solving one or two problems. This will build confidence and give them new skills to solve other problems. It will expand their capacity to take on larger problems […]

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How to Develop and Implement a Community Development Plan

At this stage or phase, the community has identified several problems and settled on one or possibly two that they are going to try and solve. Community members have brainstormed and identified a number of solutions to the problem. They have analyzed the problem well and have chosen, through a culturally appropriate method, their course […]

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How to Choose Solutions to Community Issues

At this point in the community development process, a community has become aware of its issues and has prioritized them. The third phase in the community development process is when the community identifies potential solutions to their problems and prioritizes those solutions. They may (and usually do) come up with several ideas of how to […]

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3 Strategies for Problem Analysis

We have been walking through the community development process together. The first stage is bringing awareness to problems. The second stage in the community development process is to analyze and prioritize the problems that it has identified in the first phase. Not every problem is the same. Some are larger in scope. Some are more […]

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The Community Development Process – 3 Tools for Awareness

A couple of blogs back, we talked about the five stages or phases of the community development process. The first  stage is the community, with whom we’re working, becoming more aware of and identifying or “pinpointing” its priority problems. Of course the community knows it has problems. However, it may be that the whole community […]

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3 Questions to Ask about Community Development

This post is written by Ben and Pam Wolf, BGR Area Directors in Asia.  An old Chinese proverb states that the best development is the type that when the development is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” In other words, we as outsiders play a role as facilitators of the development process but […]

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The Community Development Process

If the key to community development is the process communities go through to develop projects, what is that process? Basically, we say there are five stages of the community development process: The community becomes more aware and identifies problems The community analyzes and prioritizes the problems The community identifies and prioritizes solutions to their problems […]

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The Key to Community Development

Isn’t community development simply “doing projects” like water wells, building schools, or going on a medical mission trip? The answer is yes… and no. Here is the key to community development: it is first and foremost a process. It’s a process that groups of people, or “communities”, go through in order to solve their own […]

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