Community-Led Development


The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept and practice of community-led development. It is an approach to tackling local problems that is taking hold throughout the world. While its expression may vary depending upon the community and the specific area of focus, there are nonetheless some common principles that hold it in place.

"Community" is a broad term that can refer to both physical places and groups of people with common interests or concerns. For the purposes of this discussion, the notion of community is used only in its geographic sense. Community-led development in this paper focuses on initiatives undertaken in physical places, be they neighborhoods, cities or towns, rural or remote regions of the country, or First Nations reserves.

Native Nations
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Torjman, Sherri and Anne Makhoul. "Community-Led Development." Report prepared on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Ottawa, ON. January 2012. Report. (, accessed March 29, 2023)

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