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Community Development

What is community development?

As a discipline, Community Development is rooted in the belief that all people should have access to health, wellbeing, wealth, justice, and opportunity.

As a practice, Community Development is the process of people coming together to take action about issues of importance, and of planners making decisions in the best interests of the community.


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Economic Development

What is economic development?

Economic Development is the process by which the economic well-being and quality of life of a nation, region, or local community are improved.

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International Development

What is international development?

International Development is the broad concept that societies and countries have differing levels of development on an international scale.  It is the basis for international classifications such as developed country, developing country and least developed county, and for a field of practice and research that in various ways engages with international development processes.  It refers to decision-making for an area that occurs outside the area's borders; it also refers to the globalization of decision-making with worldwide initiatives, such as the Millennium Development Group.

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