Social Development Approach

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education, nutrition, basic housing and skills training provide tangible social and economic returns. The principles that inform these programs are focused on the promotion of participation in development efforts, empowerment of the poor through productive employment, building asserts of the poor and strengthening local institutions and social capital. Midgey (2012) further noted that programs and policies implemented by the Social development are of a cross cutting nature and they focused on effecting improvements in , inter alia, community and preventative health care, basic education, and local economic and infrastructure development. Moreover, the social development approach focuses on the strong government action and partnership between…show more content…
They synergize in a number of ways. Drawing from the literature by Gray ( ), community development is an approach that has a strength and empowerment perspective, meaning that it does not only focus on addressing or solving problems of the people. Rather it an approach which draws on the strengths, asserts and strengths of the people. Just like the community development approach, the social development approach also appreciates the need to utilize community strengths and empower them. It promotes empowerment of community members and utilization of their intrinsic skills. It also borrows from the Assert Based concerpt which emphasizes the productive utilization of community already existing resources for the benefit of the societal members Midgley (2009).This is one way through which these two concepts…show more content…
This is so because the terms are similar in essence but they emphasizes on different aspects. As noted by (Boshoff, 2013:2) “ Social development is an approach that links social and economic development based on principles such as self-help, self-determination and active participation in service rendering.” On other hand the United Nations (2011:2) defines social development broadly as “… concerned with processes of change that lead to improvements in human well-being, social relations and social institutions, and that are equitable, sustainable, and compatible with principles of democratic governance and social justice”. The link between social development and community development is that democratic governments aim to maximize social-economic development through partnerships and social development policies (Geoghegan & Powell, 2006:845). Community development differs from social development in that, it helps the state to shift from a “needs satisfying” state moving to a “facilitating” state. In other words, Community development can be noted as a method of implementing social development. It facilitates social development into
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