Community building NATIONAL NETWORk
A NATIONAL NETwork of community
The Network connects community initiators and
leaders, support practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and others who are
interested in authentic community building work.
Ideas and experiences, papers, project reports, case studies of
local and overseas innovations, and progress reports in advocacy are posted online and shared.
There is no cost to join.
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A National Co-ordinating Group for the Network
has been established. If you would like to express an nterest in
joining this National Co-ordinating Group, we would like to hear from you.
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Following the National Symposium on
Building: Critical Voices, Alternative Strategies in 2007, a
national network of community builders was formed.
The five key recommendations of the 2007 Symposium were:
Community builders need to influence government policy and agendas in a
pro-active way, not wait for governments to lead. A network of community
builders that is independent of government is needed for this task.
- Funding reform is critical - governments should overhaul their funding
methods to enable communities and projects to act with more autonomy and
flexibility, with longer time frames, and with access to pooled funds from
various programs and jurisdictions.
- Regulatory reform is urgent - governments should overhaul their regulatory
and reporting requirements for community building activities to ease the
Measuring community building is
important - community builders should develop appropriate ways of measuring
their achievements through effective evaluation methods, not wait for
governments to impose these from without.
- Empowerment and devolution are essential for community building -
governments should enable community strengthening and social capital
development, not control its form or dictate its direction.
network aims to influence the
policy agenda in these directions
and support good community building.
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