Approaches to Community Development

1.WELFARE APPROACH

- the immediate &/or spontaneous response to ameliorate the manifestation of poverty, especially on the personal level - assumes that poverty is God-given; destined, hence the poor should accept their condition since they will receive their just reward in heaven - believes that poverty is caused by bad luck, natural disasters and certain circumstances which are beyond the control of the people

Approaches to Community Development

2. MODERNIZATION APPROACH
- also referred to as the project development approach - introduces whatever resources are lacking in a given community - also considered as a national strategy which adopts the Western mode of technological development

Approaches to Community Development

- assumes that development consists of abandoning the traditional methods of doing things and must adopt the technology of industrial countries - believes that poverty id due to lack of education; lack of resources such as capital & technology

Approaches to Community Development

3. TRANSFORMATORY/PARTICIPATO RY APPROACH

- the process of empowering/transforming the poor and the oppressed sectors of society so that they can pursue a more just & humane society - assumes that poverty is not God-given, rather it is rooted in the historical past and is maintained by the oppressed structures in society. - believes that poverty is caused by prevalence of exploitation, oppression, domination and other unjust structure

“ When people refuse to acquiesce, the power of the tyrant evaporates. Ultimately, power flows not from the barrel of the gun, but from the will of the people. People power is the