Community Development

‘Community Development’ is a methodological guide of the flagship project ‘Acting Communities – Active Community Involvement’ (EFOP -1.3.1-15-2016-00001), offering methodological support to workers, experts, volunteers, organizations and institutions at local communities implementing the TOP-5.3.1-16 and TOP-6.9.2-16 programmes entitled ‘Strengthening Local Identity and Cohesion’.

Situation analysis Community survey Definition The community survey is a door-to-door community-building and activating method actively involving the locals, which addresses (and involves) everyone in the municipality, thus extending the number of people acting for the public good. Purpose of the activity To extend the group of local activists. To collect of a wide rangeContinue reading

Definition Collection and exploration of documents on local knowledge, research on community memories, the totality of information on a specific place and of the related documents. It may be a community activity or a professional one performed in libraries, museums and archives, looking for, collecting, systematising, exploring, conveying and publishing information and documents. Purpose ofContinue reading

Village books, calendars Definition A community calendar is a printed publication serving the exploration and preservation of local memories of the recent past in a diary form, helping the development of the communal collaboration of locals, written and edited by the locals. The calendar makes readers aware that the events that happen to them andContinue reading

Definition The concept of the intangible cultural heritage (French: patrimoine culturel immatériel) relies on the words intangible/immatériel to express its non-objectified nature. The intangible cultural heritage is a traditional and living community identity, perpetually recreated and handed down in words and in practice. The intangible cultural activity is never static: it is such knowledge thatContinue reading

Definition A knowledge pool is a list of names and addresses of local human resources – experience, talent, knowledge and interest – represented independently, as part of a knowledge pool or in another local publication such as a calendar, village book, yearbook, newsletter, programme booklet, noticeboard, etc. The knowledge pool provides for a direct formulation,Continue reading

Definition Study groups are small, self-organizing groups whose participants meet regularly to follow a study plan they have designed, to discuss certain topics, or to conduct cultural activities. The work of study groups is based on the experience of individual members, who aim to learn from one another and to think together about a subjectContinue reading

Definition Open meetings for a specific purpose with the participation of community members, where issues and problems on the local community’s mind are dealt with to make sure that a given problem receives community response. These may be structured discussions performed in small groups to give rise to joint thinking (e.g. conversation groups, neighbourhood councils,Continue reading

A widely and easily accessible information point in the settlement or in a part of it, where reliable and up-to-date messages are posted about the most important public utility questions (local, every day, public interest, community, general) that may have an effect on the life of the community. The information point may be attached toContinue reading