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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2008): Community regeneration and development - overseas

From tokenism to social justice: rethinking the bottom line for sustainable community development

B. Manteaw

Community Development Journal, vol. 43, 2008, p. 428-443

Businesses are rushing to engage in socially responsible activities and claim to help the communities in which they operate. This paper analyses the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) within the business world and critically explores its potential for transforming communities. It first situates the emergent discourse of CSR within the broader concept of sustainable development and argues that sometimes these practices are nothing more than tokenistic undertakings aimed at protecting profits. It illustrates this thesis with a case study of the practices of AngloGold-Ashanti in Ghana.

Implementing the Yaounde Declaration: practical issues on participatory processes in community development projects

C. Dorsner

Community Development Journal, vol. 43, 2008, p. 413-427

Throughout the 2005 Yaounde Declaration on Community Development, the participation of communities in the design and implementation of development projects was emphasized as an absolute prerequisite for sustainable development in Africa. This article proposes an innovative methodology and analytical tool that can help practitioners monitor and improve participation in community development projects. The tool and methodology are tested against a field example from Senegal.

Responding to intercommunal conflict: what can restorative justice offer?

F. Verity and S. King

Community Development Journal, vol. 43, 2008, p. 470-482

This paper examines the contribution that the application of restorative justice strategies could make to healing conflicts within neighbourhoods where there is persistent harassment, restricted behaviour and fear by some to use public spaces. It highlights the potential benefits of dialogical processes and structured 'healing' relationships that are inherent in restorative justice work.

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