Community capacity building refers to the processes and procedures whereby long-term strategies are developed and implemented which connect community, career and economic development in the interests of unemployment reduction and economic growth at the community level. It is an approach to identify, strengthen and link a community’s tangible resources, such as local service groups, and intangible resources like community spirit, with the goal to strengthen the skills and abilities of people and groups to empower them to contribute effectively in the development of their communities.
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Fisher, Scott, Waylon Greggain and Blythe C. Shepard, “Community Capacity Building as a Model for Career Development Planning.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.483.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, “Community capacity building.” Online: http://www.ohcc-ccso.ca/fr/node/192 (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)