Research Handbook on Community Development
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Research Handbook on Community Development

Edited by Rhonda Phillips, Eric Trevan and Patsy Kraeger

This timely Research Handbook offers new ways in which to navigate the diverse terrain of community development research. Chapters unpack the foundations and history of community development research and also look to its future, exploring innovative frameworks for conceptualizing community development. Comprehensive and unequivocally progressive, this is key reading for social and public policy researchers in need of an understanding of the current trends in community development research, as well as practitioners and policymakers working on urban, rural and regional development.
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Chapter 21: Re-imagining community development: the Cocoa360 model

Shadrack Frimpong, Allison R. Russell and Femida Handy


Enterprises arising from the intersection of for-profit and nongovernmental organization (NGO) sectors offer innovative possibilities for re-imagining community development strategies. Through an in-depth examination of the work of Cocoa360, an NGO in rural Ghana, this chapter examines how a particular social innovation is used to promote community development from the ground up. We describe the work of Cocoa360 and argue that its model is indeed a social innovation and show how this model might be leveraged for development projects in other rural, agricultural communities around the world.

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