oa Africa Insight - Community development: A phoenix too frequent?

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



That the idea of community development is not essentially new, is a thought often encountered in development literature. As long ago as 1962, Du Sautoy1 noted that community development was frequently referred to as being simply ""old wine in new bottles"", since, for centuries, it has been part of human nature to try to improve the living conditions of oneself and of one's fellow human beings. What do appear to constitute a new departure, however, are the attempts of academics and practitioners since the 1950s to formalize the principles of community development, to provide increasingly specialized training for personnel in this area, and to standardize the techniques and bureaucratic institutionalization of community development.

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