Updated: May 5, 2021
In 2020 we shifted our community development approach to an Asset Based model.
Asset Based Community Development (or ABCD) is a methodology that promotes the sustainable development of communities using and appreciating people’s inherent strengths, potential and capacity to shape and drive their development.
ABCD offers an alternative to the conventional needs-based approach that creates mental ‘problem maps’ and a ‘glass-half-full’ mentality. Instead, asset-based development rests on an understanding that sustainable development comes from within. It builds on the assets, talents and gifts found in the community and mobilises individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to realise and develop their strengths.
The process started this year at our NOAH Woodstock and Khayelitsha centres. Members were encouraged to identify their talents and gifts and find ways to build on these. Whilst it’s early days in the process, the results are heart-warming with members having the opportunity to drive the daily activities and improve their quality of life. We will share our progress with you in our next newsletter, so watch this space.
Here, Cecil – NOAH resident and volunteer – reads a poem that he felt captured the ABCD process in Woodstock.