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Implementing ‘community development’ in a post-disaster situation

Webber, Ruth and Jones, Kate (2013) Implementing ‘community development’ in a post-disaster situation. Community development journal, 48 (2). pp. 248-263. ISSN 1468-2656

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Abstract

In 2009, after extremely severe bushfires in Victoria, Australia, social welfare agencies initiated recovery programmes. This paper examines the role played by three Catholic agencies over a three-year period as they sought to meet the needs of the bushfire-affected community in the recovery process. The recovery programmes began with the aim of using a community development approach to develop a sustainable response. The concept of community development was not defined at the commencement of the project so that there was flexibility in the way it was operationalized. The approach changed over time in response to changing conditions and the needs and responses of the community. After initially adopting the role of provider, the agencies increasingly adopted the roles of ally, facilitator and advocate. Not all projects received support from the community and others that were initially supported withered over time. The advocacy and capacity building work undertaken by the workers enabled community members to take a greater responsibility for existing and new projects.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): community development, post-disaster, Catholic agencies
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): A - Humanities, general
D - Missiology
Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 12:52
Last Modified: 24 May 2017 12:52
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2415

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