Handbook of Social Policy and Development
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Handbook of Social Policy and Development

Edited by James Midgley, Rebecca Surender and Laura Alfers

The Handbook of Social Policy and Development makes a groundbreaking, coherent case for enhancing collaboration between social policy and development. With wide ranging chapters, it discusses a myriad of ways in which this can be done, exploring both academic and practical activities. As the conventional distinction between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries becomes increasingly blurred, this Handbook explores how collaboration between social policy and development is needed to meet global social needs.
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Chapter 23: Community development programmes

Manohar Pawar


Community development programmes (CDPs) form a crucial part of social policy and overall development. By discussing the origin and meaning of ‘community development’ in historical and contemporary contexts, this chapter looks at basic strategies of and for CDPs, and a range of CDPs developed and implemented to facilitate socio-economic and political development of people and their communities in both (Western) developed and developing countries. Further, it summarizes the main strengths of and critique on CDPs. It argues that implementing CDPs according to values and principles is yet to be achieved, but there is great potential to do so, now and in the future.

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