What is Asset-Based
Community Development (ABCD)?
ABCD is a community development theory and model of practice that:
- Identifies and makes visible the health-enhancing assets in a community
- Sees citizens and communities as co-producers of health and well-being, rather than the recipients of services
- Promotes networks, relationships and friendships that can provide caring, mutual help and empowerment
- Identifies what has potential to improve health and well-being
- Supports individuals’ health and well-being through self- esteem, coping strategies, resilience skills, relationships, friendships, knowledge and personal resources
- Empowers communities to control their futures and create tangible resources such as services, funds and buildings.
Our principal concerns in providing community engagement services based on ABCD are:
- To facilitate recognition of community strengths, capacities and resources.
- To mediate in affirmative, reflexive discussion of problems.
- To build trust (between the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’).
- To motivate the community’s active engagement in their own interests.
- To establish and maintain a transparent agenda.
- To broker other external involvement.
- To consult inclusively.
- To translate messages accurately.