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Title:International experience of community development professionalism: indicators for South Africa
Author:Chile, Love M.
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community development
professional workers
social justice
popular participation
Abstract:This article argues that the focus of community development practice is social justice. Community development intervention from a social justice paradigm is predicated on the empowerment of individuals, families, groups and communities to be active participants in the transformation of their lives, communities and society. This paradigm of community development is predicated on four critical pillars: human rights, equity and fairness, empowerment, and sustainability. These provide the foundation for community development intervention that seeks to entrench the principles of democratic participation, engages the voices and values of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and communities at all levels of policy making. The article critically examines the underpinnings of professionalization of community development practice in South Africa, which encapsulates these pillars of community development and seeks to build a socially just society. It highlights the challenges and opportunities, what forms of alliances and partnerships enable the creation of an inclusive professional body that is accountable credible and inclusive. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]