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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Principles of CD Practice

Community development activities should be based on a commitment to the following principles:

  • 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.

(adapted from Working and Learning Together to Build Stronger Communities (Communities Scotland))

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