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Title:The institutionalisation of community development in a democratic South Africa
Authors:Luka, S.
Maistry, M.
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community development
professional workers
social policy
Abstract:Community development in democratic South Africa has been institutionalized in the Department of Social Development through the White Paper for Social Welfare of 1997. By its nature, community development is cross-cutting and implementation is often challenged by a plethora of policies and programmes that are not coherent and integrated. The non-existence of an overall community development policy to guide implementation of community development and a strategy to link efforts across sectors, agencies and the full range of policy issues also impact on implementing sustainable, people-centred and integrated community development. Besides the lack of a common definition of what community development and its outcomes are, community development is not yet recognised as an occupation or a profession. This is as a result of the non-existence of an occupation framework that defines community development, its scope of practice and standards to ensure an understanding of community development principles by practitioners. This article includes perspectives on community development; national and international instruments that guide community development; institutionalization, current status and challenges; and processes initiated and intended towards the professionalization of community development in South Africa. The authors conclude by emphasizing that the professionalization of community development requires political will and ongoing support, the motivation and support of current development practitioners, higher education institutions, local communities and civil society organizations, among other stakeholders of community development. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]