The community development profession: issues, concepts and approaches is an informative resource for students and practitioners of community-based development as it faces the stumbling blocks of a new professionalism. Authors Professors Frik de Beer and Hennie Swanepoel introduce and debate the relevant issues, concepts and approaches, and their evolution, interpretation and application in the field of development. Based on an extensive literature study, the book argues that some more recently evolved approaches can be traced to a "community development" origin, with possible pitfalls of marginalisation and disempowerment in the hands of powerful people.
De Beer and Swanepoel also discuss issues such as
- the origin and history of community development from an international and South African perspective
- community development principles, policy, ethics, institutions and training
- community development project management and evaluation
- the integrated development programme (IDP)
- all aspects of participatory planning, local economic development, and sustainability
- the important role played by government and NGOs.
Lecturers will benefit from the questions for reflection and discussion, a reading list per theme and a glossary for second-language users, all of which are included in each chapter.
Frik de Beer and Hennie Swanepoel have been attached to the Department of Development Studies at Unisa for many years. Together and separately, they have done extensive research in the rural areas of Southern Africa. They have also devised training courses in development project management, development communication and trainer training, presenting these from Cape Town to Lusaka. Both have authored various books and articles introducing a variety of aspects of development studies and dealing with issues of development management and participation facilitation. This book is the culmination of the knowledge and insight that they have gained over many years and now gladly share with new professionals in community development.
Chapter 1 The origin and history of Community Development
Chapter 2 Community Development approaches and debates
Chapter 3 Community Development principles
Chapter 4 Community Development: policy and institutions
Chapter 5 Community Development project management
Chapter 6 Community Development evaluation
Chapter 7 Community Development training
Chapter 8 Towards new professionalism for Community Development?
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