DDP hosted the Asset-based community development workshop for political parties in Durban at Elangeni Hotel on the 12-13th April 2022. The workshop was facilitated by Khanya Vilakzi from the University of the Mpumalanga province, and Dr. Isaac Khambule from UKZN.
Asset-based community development (ABCD) is a community development approach that emphasises the need for each locality to use its assets to promote social and economic development (Mathie, 2002).
An important aspect about the ABCD development approach is that it promotes public participation in the development space. As shall be noted, public participation is mandated in the South African Constitution, the Municipal Systems Act, the Municipal Structures Act and other founding documents such as the White Paper on Local Government (WPLG).
As noted in the WPLG (1998), the country’s municipalities follow a developmental local government approach that seeks to ensure that local developmental solutions are initiated by communities. After all, it is communities that deeply understand the myriad of challenges that confront their localities, and should be at the forefront of addressing these challenges through instruments such as Integrated Development Plans.
The aim of this workshop was to interrogate the utilisation of the ABCD approach in the development of our communities.
The initial setting of the workshop was unfortunately interrupted by the flooding that took place in KZN, with an intention to convene a follow-up via online platform.