strategy

Improving existing communities

Synonyms:
Micro development
Local development
Undertaking community development
Offering adequate community development
Providing sufficient community development
Strengthening communities
Description:
Improving the economic, social and cultural conditions of a village, small town or city neighbourhood through having residents' plan and execute the improvements.
Context:
Humans are social beings and society is comprised of individuals. Throughout generations, human beings have inevitably always lived together, grouped initially by family connection and then linked by other ties or interests. Communities give a sense of belonging: a human environment in which to express oneself, interact and grow. Ultimately, every human being belongs to the global community. Communities may evolve or be formed for different reasons, but whatever the reasons, the purpose of a community is to serve human needs. Commonality or like-mindedness play a valid part. But normally the parameters in which a community is formed will be such that the community will contain people who have differences on at least one level, be it age, nationality, ideology, culture or profession. Transcending these differences by acknowledging the common denominator of the human worth of every individual is the foundation upon which the real strength of the community can be built. Any community that is to survive and flourish must respond to the needs of its members as humans beings and seek to harmonize personal interests and those of the community as a whole. A community which fails to take account of human nature will eventually defeat its own purposes and suffer disintegration.
Implementation:
UNICEF through the Bamako Initiative in West and Central Africa explored the possibility of development from below, of community participation and even of community financing. Experiences of this type exist in the region, at very different levels, ranging from traditional community-based organizations and development taxes to various committees (health, water and development) which flourished in an effort to respond the many problems and their financial implications.
Counter Claim:
1. Local development does not effect large regional issues. 2. It tends to aggravate class tensions at the local level because the most developed classes may advance and the least developed may not advance at all.
Narrower:
Improving coordination among public, NGOs, indigenous people and local communities
Operating community networks
Renewing local economy
Improving participation
Undertaking local planning
Developing smart communities
Providing community services
Improving community policing
Providing community security
Developing rural communities
Improving community promotion
Undertaking community renewal
Forming community partnerships
Developing virtual communities
Improving community self image
Strengthening local governments
Improving police responsiveness
Developing community leadership
Motivating community involvement
Building community social fabric
Revitalizing community structures
Creating modern ethnic communities
Strengthening community interaction
Managing community health
Improving community street lighting
Facilitating self-conscious community
Forming local development association
Recreating community identity systems
Developing community management scheme
Strengthening community communications
Eliciting community development effort
Improving community service performance
Developing available community resources
Improving means for community initiative
Coordinating community economic ventures
Broadening corporate community activities
Implementing basic community organization
Developing community operating regulations
Strengthening inclusive community structures
Developing socio-physical community structures
Establishing community development corporation
Implementing comprehensive community education
Supporting very small scale economic activities
Strengthening urban environment community groups
Supporting community based programmes for the poor
Undertaking local infrastructure development projects
Strengthening cooperation between developing countries
Strengthening community-based land resource protection
Providing alternative to traditional community patterns
Strengthening role of indigenous peoples and communities
Improving community care for transient urban populations
Strengthening community based rehabilitation for urban elderly
Strengthening community-based rehabilitation for urban disabled
Strengthening participation of scientists in sustainable development
Strengthening role of indigenous communities for sustainable development
Strengthening community based rehabilitation for the handicapped in rural areas
Strengthening efforts to ensure communities get adequate benefits from the use of local resources
Training in community water resources management
Subjects:
Communities
Local
Finance
Development
Reform
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies