This book provides new insights into an important national community development challenge: how to stimulate the formation of genuinely community-based organizations and effective citizen action in neighborhoods that have not spawned these efforts spontaneously. Using evaluation research and detailed comparative study of community development activity in three diverse demonstration sites; Little Rock, New Orleans and Palm Beach county, the authors identify key elements of building social capital which strongly affect community development.

Organizing CDCs and Developing Indigenous Leadership

Organizing CDCs and developing indigenous leadership

Objectives and Strategy

A primary objective of the demonstration program was to organize strong, effective CDCs in targeted neighborhoods. The program sought to build organizations that would develop technical and political capacities and would be under the control of community volunteers who were broadly representative of their communities and had a long-term stake in their neighborhoods. To that end, the development team identified in each neighborhood a diverse group of volunteers to form a CDC board and assisted them with their initial real estate project. As the board executed its project, the development team helped board members develop leadership and organizational capacity and acquire technical skills. Successful completion of the initial project was intended to ...

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