Community Development

How do we sustainably develop

Communities?


2+

billion people lack access to clean drinking water

 

11%

of the world's population lives on less than $1.90 per day

795

Million people  suffer from chronic undernourishment

Global development aid reached a new peak of $142.6 billion in 2016, not including the billions of dollars spent through NGOs. Many communities throughout the world face dire challenges. These issues are often interrelated and systemic, making problem-solving an extraordinarily complex and long-term endeavor. While the global development efforts are far-reaching, a new wave of depth-based development is questioning the efficacy of traditional approaches. 

IS IT TIME FOR A SHIFT IN THE DEVELOPMENT PARADIGM? 

 

Research Questions:

 

WHAT IS A DEPTH-BASED APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT?

 

HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO BREADTH-BASED STRATEGIES?

 

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC BENEFITS OF EACH MODEL?

 

WHICH STRATEGIES PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?

 
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There is no single approach to development, especially when It comes to raising a child.
— Nozibele Qamngana, Ubuntu Pathways

Project Scope

This project examines different approaches to developmental aid, particularly as applied to community development. More specifically, it seeks to compare the depth-based method to more traditional breath-based approaches. Breadth-based aid, which seeks to deliver single-issue aid to a wide range of recipients, occupies a place of orthodoxy in the development field. However, an increasing number of organizations have achieved success through the depth-based approach. These organizations seek to provide more permanent and holistic aid to a smaller circle of beneficiaries.

This project seeks to thoroughly define both approaches and examine their contrasting goals and methodologies. Additionally, we analyze their comparative advantages and disadvantages. In doing so, this project seeks to illuminate the most effective strategies for sustainable community development.