Asset-Based Community Development

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a paradigm shift increasingly being adopted by community development and non-government organizations around the world — a community developmentz approach that focuses on walking with a community, identifying and building up on its strengths, aspirations and goals which is a stark contrast to the long-practiced needs-based approach which focuses on determining a community’s problems, what it lacks and what it needs, usually from an outside view.

The development program of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines has for several years, followed a needs-based framework in its development planning which consequently resulted in an organizational culture that has revolved around grant-seeking, to the point that the ability to access higher grant funding was considered an indicator of success. Years of experience, both of success and failure, has led to realization that changes are needed in the ways development work both in the communities and the church are approached.

In an effort to reposition the existing organizational culture to be more inclusive, positive, sustainable and ABCD-oriented in its ways of working towards development, the then Community-Based Development Program was revisioned and re-structured to become the E-CARE Foundation. E-CARE has since done its work in the spirit of ABCD and has not only successfully impart this with its partner-communities but such communities have also begun sharing it to others.

Learn more about ABCD

  • The ECP’s journey towards independence: ABCD before ABCD
  • Pangao: The community that modeled ABCD
  • The ABCD Process
  • Issues encountered, challenges, and resolutions