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Guiding Values

  • Local communities should be the driving forces for their own social and economic development
  • Stability grows out of grassroots participation and inclusion
  • Capacity building and empowerment are key principles of sustainable development
  • Ensuring that women have a voice and equal access to community resources increases the likelihood of successful community development efforts
  • Marginalized people must be provided a space in the community development process
  • Leading by example supports community development efforts in fundamentally important ways
  • Working with multiple stakeholders increases communication and support for a community's development projects
  • Integrating appropriate technologies increases the likelihood of cost-effective sustainable projects
  • Involving youth ensures that long-term community development initiatives have stronger roots