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Community Economic Development

Margaret Sherrard Sherraden and Lisa Reyes Mason

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.72

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Community economic development (CED) is an integrated and community-driven approach to development aimed at generating wealth, capabilities, and empowerment in low-income and low-wealth communities. Nonprofit organizations partner with public and for-profit interests to develop social and economic investment strategies for community economic renewal and revitalization. Social workers in CED engage in interdisciplinary work in community organizing, leadership development, program development and implementation, social-service management, and policy advocacy. To achieve large and sustainable success, CED requires solidarity with and investment in poor communities by society as a whole.

Keywords: asset building; community development; economic development; sustainable development; social capital; social development; community practice

Article.  4052 words. 

Subjects: Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Policy and Advocacy ; Social Work Practice Settings ; Poverty

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