Principles of Community Development

Definition of Community Development

Community participation is defined as the involvement of people in a community in projects to solve their own problems. Community participation is especially important in achieving results collectively in crisis situations.

Benefits of Community Engagement

There are a number of benefits that arise as a result of empowering communities to engage. These benefits include:

  • Greater participant understanding of local priorities.
  • Improved community satisfaction.
  • Greater community ownership and investment.
  • Greater accountability to achieve objective.
  • The development of better quality services.