“Cormac Russell and Nurture Development have made Asset Based Community Development come alive in Ireland as a basic community building strategy.”
John McKnight, ABCD Institute
Nurture Development was established in Ireland in 1996 to provide training, research, community building, facilitation and conflict mitigation services to the Third (Community and Voluntary), the Public and the Private sectors respectively. Nurture Development also operates in East Africa, with an office in Nairobi, Kenya. Nurture Development is a member of an international consortium entitled ABCD Global Consulting, a strategic partnership between four ABCD Institute Faculty members, namely Cormac Russell (Europe), Jim Diers (North America), Mike Green (North America), and Ted Smeaton (Oceania), designed to support the implementation and development of Asset Based Community Development around the world.
Over the last decade, we have worked with local authorities, community groups, businesses and other statutory and voluntary agencies to develop workable and cost effective solutions to some of the most pressing social and economic challenges they face.
Given that the worldwide economic crisis is already hitting the poorest communities hardest, resulting in increasing unemployment, and deepening poverty and social exclusion, our role is to work with other agencies of change to develop cost-effective, sustainable responses. We believe that in order to do this, we must redefine our understanding of community development.
Therefore, we focus on developing new ideas and strategies which are not needs based and funding-led, but instead use assets more effectively and promote citizen led initiatives. In short, approaches that support communities to actively engage in a democratic and inclusive way in co-producing stronger, safer and healthier neighbourhoods within villages, towns and cities in urban and rural areas.
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