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Guiding Principles for Community Capacity-Enhancement Practice

Melvin Delgado

in Community Social Work Practice in an Urban Context

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195125467
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864188 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125467.003.0005
 Guiding Principles for Community Capacity-Enhancement Practice

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Social work practitioners need guiding principles to help them analyze and develop macro interventions. Guiding principles play important roles in helping practitioners decide how practice must be conceptualized and carried out. This chapter presents six key principles that are critical for bringing to fruition all the potential that capacity enhancement is capable of achieving. These principles are: (1) create community participation stressing inter-ethnic-racial relations; (2) adopt and build community spirit as a central goal; (3) systematically build intergenerational activities into interventions; (4) implement interorganizational (formal and informal) collaborative goals; (5) have community capacity enhancement as a central goal; and (6) stress grassroots funding when possible.

Keywords: urban social work; social work practice; macro practice; community participation

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