Asset Based Community Development(ABCD)

MODULE:  Asset Based Community Development(ABCD)
METHODOLGY: Participatory training
PEDAGOGICAL TOOLS:	Interactive lecture methods (ILM), Sharing experiences.
Group discussions. Group exercises. Presentations Handouts. Case studies.

Module:   Asset Based Community Development      General Objectives
Goal:   ABCD as an Approach, Methodology and Strategy  makes the participants understand the inherent qualities and strengths in each individual / community which are more likely to inspire positive action for change than an exclusive focus on needs and problemsKnowledgeTo understand ABCD as an, Approach, Methodology, and Strategy.   The theoretical influences on ABCD   Need based versus Asset Based approach   Mapping the assets and resources    
Abilities & toolsParticipants will discover the different types of assets among themselves and the communities they are working.   How to map the assets of individuals, communities with resources   Develop abilities in community mobilization, resource acquisition and community participation to drive their own development  
Values & Change of attitudesA paradigm shift of community development from need based approach to Asset based approach   Even the utmost poor have the capacities and skills   Each individual and communities have assets   By building communities we can build projects

Ready to be a Change Agent

“I feel like I have a really good baseline understanding of all the aspects of community development and
I now feel like I’m more capable of applying to an NGO for work experience. Amongst the courses,
although Strategic Planning and Result Based Management were difficult and challenging because I’d
never been exposed to them before, I think it’s really good, practical knowledge.”

Lauren Fairweather

Student at Caplano University, Canada

Allow the Community to Lead

My learning for development is to empower the people and change attitudes to break the cycle of
dependence. The way to do this is Bala Vikasa way (ABCD model). You relate people to assets and make
them feel stronger. The recognition of strengths, gifts, talents and assets of individual and communities
are more likely to produce change. As community development practitioners we must step back and
allow the community to lead. Our role is to act as a facilitator. It was quite a moving experience to visit
the Gangadevipalli village and see this approach in action.

Amit Napade

Group CEO, Krushi Vikas and All About FPO

High-Value Training Programs

Bala Vikasa’s extensive experience in rural development, particularly in implementing women’s and
widows’ empowerment initiatives through community mobilisation, adds significant value to training
programs, making them highly insightful. The exposure from field visits to various development
initiatives gives participants a whole new perspective and also helps them find innovative solutions
to their community problems.

Dr. N.V. Madhuri

Associate Professor &Head, Center for Gender Studies and Development NIRD