What community development means for us

CDAS recently asked its members for short statements on how they see community development as relevant to their work, and how their work contributes to community development. The 45 responses that we have received (listed in the document), show the wide variety of sectors and types of organisation for whom community development is important and the many ways in which they contribute to it.

Reasons to read the document

Many of CDAS members have also supplied short statements about how they see community development as relevant to their work, and how their work contributes to community development.

  • Community Development Alliance Scotland* (CDAS) is the independent network of national organisations that endorse the principles of community development, which are:
  • Empowerment – increasing the ability of individuals and groups to influence issues that affect them and their communities
  • Participation – supporting people to take part in decision making
  • Inclusion, equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination – recognising that some people may need additional support to overcome barriers they face
  • Self-determination – supporting the right of people to make their own choices
  • Partnership – recognising that many agencies can contribute to community development.

More information about CDAS can be found at Community Development Alliance Scotland website