Navigating Community Development

Harnessing Comparative Advantages to Create Strategic Partnerships

Authors: Zdenek, Robert O., Walsh, Dee

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  • Features seven case studies highlighting current, relevant community development partnerships
  • Provides historical and theoretical context for the community development sector today
  • Proposes a pragmatic framework for organizations to address community development challenges
  • Provides a comprehensive description of the community development ecosystem, its major actors, and how it functions
  • Gives guidance to practitioners, policy makers, funders, and academics on how to best position community development efforts now and in the future
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This book describes the evolution of the community development sector over the past 50 years, and it presents a framework and road map for how community development organizations can advance their mission through strategic partnerships that utilize their core competencies. The authors describe the current community development ecosystem, define a range of essential community development competencies, and demonstrate, through seven case studies, how using comparative advantages built on core competencies can improve outcomes for communities. By recognizing and leading with their competencies and strengths, organizations can bring their specialized areas of expertise to address complex and interconnected community challenges, and effectively meet their missions and objectives.

About the authors

Robert O. Zdenek has been a community development leader for 40 years.  He has led several national and local organizations, published over 30 articles, served on 20 board of directors, consulted with 35 organizations, and taught at New School University, USA. 

Dee Walsh is a housing and community development professional, author, and teacher with expertise in real estate finance, program development, and strategic planning. She has held executive positions and served on the boards of local, regional, and national community development organizations. 



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“Navigating Community Development: Harnessing Comparative Advantages to Create Strategic Partnerships offers a road map for building strong and healthy communities in this era of escalating income and wealth inequality, declining public funding, and intensifying competition for development resources. … Navigating is a valuable addition to the community development literature and a compelling invitation for more theory, guidance, and support for community development practice.” (Laurie S. Goldman, Journal of Urban Affairs, 2015)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47701-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-69321-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Navigating Community Development
Book Subtitle
Harnessing Comparative Advantages to Create Strategic Partnerships
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47701-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47701-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69321-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 288
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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