Public Participation and Civic Engagement in European Rural Areas Lifelong Learning in practice

Main aim of the following article is to summarize and hand over our experience with specific approach of the adult education coming out from implementation of the  project  “Becoming a Change Agent for Rural Citizenship – A Qualification Programme for Rural Areas in Europe” (QuaPro). The project is an initiative by eight organizations to develop… | Read on »

EuCDN launches its framework for community development throughout Europe

After three years of work, EuCDN is proud to announce the publication of its Framework for community development, its values, its approaches and its achievements. Along with short video was produced that can be used anywhere that people would like to learn about community development. The community development framework seeks to underpin the intention, practice,… | Read on »

Joining up fundamental rights

FRA’s toolkit Joining up fundamental rights – an online collection of tools on how to implement fundamental rights across all levels and sectors of government. It offers advice to help integrate fundamental rights into policy making, service delivery, and administrative practices.

Resource for Building Strong Communities

The Scotish Community Development Centre (SCDC) has developed this tool based on the resource Assessing Community Strengths by Skinner, S. and Wilson (2002) with a cross-section of practitioners, managers and community organisations who contributed their experience, views and ideas. What do we mean by a ‘strong’ community? What do we mean by an ’empowered’ community?… | Read on »

Better Community Engagement Curriculum Framework

A ‘Framework for Learning’ complied by the Scottish Community Development Center (SCDC) in 2007. For making community engagement work it is crucial to nurture the core competences of professional practice in order to create and sustain participatory practices. This framework of competences is designed to enable the planning of learning in community engagement. The framework… | Read on »

NORDIC – Success stories in sustainability

A booklet with inspiring examples – cities, municipalities and neighbourhodds – of innovative and successfull sustainability results in the Nordic Countries. These success stories – documented by Thes Ideas Bank – suggest that there is, given good networks, learning processes and support, a large potential for achiving faster progress towards sustainable community development in towns… | Read on »

SIGNALS local action – success stories in sustainability

Another booklet from the Ideas Bank collecting examples the address all the three pillars of sustainability – ecology, economy and community – as well as illustrating creative working methods an cross sectoral integration. Read more ….

Learning for Local Democracy – a Study of Local Citizen Participation in Europe

A comprehensive mapping of citizen participation and local democracy in Europe. Eight countries, Croatia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom were selected that reflect a broad variety of historical, cultural and social contexts. Brief country backgrounds are followed by case studies that portray concrete forms of civic engagement on the local level,… | Read on »

Wealth! Power! Inequality: Challenges for Community Work in a New Era

The Community Workers Co-operative conference ‘Wealth, Power, Inequality: Challenges for Community Work in a New Era’ held in Kilkenny in 2001 came at a time of considerable change in the context in which community work and the community sector operates in Ireland, and indeed globally. Ireland, while continuing to be the fastest growing economy in… | Read on »

Towards Standards for Quality Community Work

Community work is concerned with working collectively with communities and groups for positive social change, inclusion and equality. Over the past fifty years and more, voluntary and professional community work has supported communities in seeking such change. If effective community work practice is to be ensured in a rapidly changing Ireland of increasingly diverse communities,… | Read on »