FSD Community Development Model
We focus our sustainable development efforts around an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) model. We begin by listening to the priorities set by our community-based partners at our international program sites. We then identify and utilize existing assets and capacity to address those priorities.
ABCD focuses on the strengths, capacities, and opportunities within local communities rather than focusing on the deficits that may limit the growth of a community. A key motivation behind utilizing ABCD versus other development approaches stems from our belief that sustainable solutions emerge from within the community.
Changing the way we approach development means a change in attitudes and behaviors regarding the communities where we work. Rather than seeing problems, we look for potential. Instead of noticing gaps, discord, and poverty, we see local value and opportunities. This approach has allowed us to stay true to our mission of over 20 years.
We put communities in control, and they actively participate in goal setting, project planning, and implementation. We partner with more than 200 community-based organizations who are fully invested in participating alongside FSD as we utilize this ABCD model.
Interns and volunteers play a key role in our approach to development by acting as catalysts for change. We seek for participants who are culturally respectful, collaborative, professional, and willing to support community initiatives. We build reciprocal relationships between our community-based partners and volunteers in order to enhance our communities.