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Asset-based Community Development (ABCD)

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Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) involves identifying and tapping all of the potential assets in a neighborhood or community. This approach is based on the premise that communities can and should drive their own economic development by tapping into existing but often overlooked assets to create opportunities at the local level. An asset-based approach to community-level planning encourages a shift from “needs” and “problems” toward “assets,” “capacities” and “opportunities” for a sustained livelihood.


Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, “About ABCD.” Online: (Retrieved on May 28, 2014)

Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation, “What is Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).” Online: (Retrieved on May 28, 2014)

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.482.

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