There is a tremendous need for community development practice in the Asia-Pacific region due to its size and prevailing diverse socio-economic, political and cultural needs and issues. Both developed and developing countries have been reemphasizing the importance of community development and have introduced several schemes or programs for overall development. Manohar Pawar familiarizes readers with the region, presents the major social, economic and political issues, looks at values and principles, and critically analyses challenges and shows opportunities for community development practice in the region. This book will allow for anyone interested in community development both at local and global levels – scholars, non-government organizations (NGOs), government organisations, international aid agencies – to gain a broad understating of community development trends in the Asia-Pacific region.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Diversity and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2. Community Development Practice Trends in Developed Countries 3. Community Development Practice Trends in Developing Countries 4. Values and Principles for Community Development 5. Practice Dimensions and Dynamics of Community Development 6. The Way Ahead: Challenges and Vision for Community Development. Appendices
Dr. Manohar Pawar has more than 20 years of experience in social work education, research and practice in Australia and India. He is currently an Associate Professor in Social Work and Human Services, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a principal researcher of the Institute for Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia. Pawar has published several books, including International Social Work: Issues, Strategies and Programs (Sage 2006); Data Collecting Methods and Experiences (2004, New Dawn Press), Community Informal Care and Welfare Systems (2002, Vista); Job Network and Employment Services in Wagga Wagga (2001, Bobby Graham); Towards Poverty Alleviation in Rural Australia (2000, CRSR); Social Development Content in Social Work Education (1997, RSDC); and Justice Processing Sans Justice (1993, TISS).
"The book is worth reading as an introductory text especially for those community study students, development workers and policy researchers who are interested in community development in Asia and the Pacific."— Chi Yuen Leung, China Journal of Social Work