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Title:Professionalisation of community development in South Africa: process, issues and achievements
Author:Hart, C.S.
Year:2012
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:42
Issue:2
Pages:55-66
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community development
professional workers
Abstract:The need for constructive and effective community development in South Africa is recognised as a cornerstone of national development. The debate on implementation - together with the first steps taken structuring community development in South Africa - is informed by the global debate on community development among socially aware democracies. These participating countries, such as South Africa and Ireland, are at various stages of understanding, analysing and utilizing the literature, with its definitions of professions, professionalization and professionalism, as well as relating to how best to characterize and implement community development as a fully fledged profession with its own quality assured standards and code of ethics. The combined individual and participatory nature of community development in practice is a factor requiring careful attention. In South Africa the first steps have been taken in the accreditation process for creating this new professional legal framework, and an organizing body, for establishing both the practice of community development and community development practitioners as professionals - into an independent community development professional council. Much has been achieved so far; the route to full success is wide open. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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