International Social Work, vol.48, 2005, p.702-713
Community development has a long history of taking lessons learnt in one locality and applying them in another. In a globalizing world with permeable borders where skilled workers move from one locale to another, it is essential that these exchanges are neither exploitative nor disrespectful of the local community. Engaging diverse peoples as equals in the community development process requires awareness of local traditions, languages and resources. Article considers how to avoid the imposition of inappropriate community development models.