25 Feb
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Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (ABCD) Masterclass

Last year, we had the pleasure of attending the Beyond Painting Classrooms workshop facilitated by Space 4 Impact. We were inspired by the ABCD approach and are excited to share this with you!

What is ABCD?

ABCD refers to Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development. It is a way of thinking and also an approach to development work – a conscious effort to focus on strengths, abilities, opportunities, talents and gifts as a foundation or starting point. It is an orientation to use what we have and build from there.

This is development from the inside-out. In community development, communities could use their assets as leverage (bargaining power) when engaging stakeholders and forming partnerships.

The Masterclass

Experience how to blend ABCD with a range of powerful strengths-based approaches to community work and complementary methodologies to create powerful outcomes.

Anyone who is engaged in working with communities – development practitioners, CSI Managers, government departments, NPO staff – will find the ABCD Masterclass insightful, practical and fun, and will have a set of tools to use in their context.

Join us from Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th March 2019 at Stoep Startup for a great experience of learning and sharing! Contact Janine Ward ([email protected]) or Anne Timms ([email protected]), or click here for more information.

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‘Aha!’ moments are characteristic of ABCD, and they are the moments in which an internalized sense of powerlessness is challenged as people reframe themselves as subjects capable of acting in concert with others .Asset mobilization and collective action becomes the focus of attention. People are encouraged to organize around initiatives they can take on themselves—the so-called ‘low hanging fruit’. Following this, more ambitious activities are tackled enlisting the support of others, including NGOs, and government and private sector actors. This involves a process of transforming the momentary subjectivity changes people experience into a more permanent commitment to a shift in subject position—from done to, to doer.

We are looking forward to see you at the ABCD Masterclass!

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