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The ABCD Approach

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is about bringing people together with a shared goal and common purpose to make something possible.


The ABCD approach is built on four foundations:

  1. It focuses on community assets and strengths rather than problems and needs.

  2. It identifies and mobilises individual and community assets, skills and passions.

  3. It is community driven – ‘building communities from the inside out’. It is ‘for the people, by the people’ in the community.

  4. It is relationship driven.

The foundational truths of the ABCD approach:

  1. Everyone has gifts.

  2. Everyone has something to contribute.

  3. Everyone cares about something and that passion is their motivation to act.


Image: An example of the community assets mapped by Stockwood STAR and Greater Stockwood Alliance

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