Community Development


Community development education (CDE) is about engaging with poor and marginalised peoples, through a detailed training program which equips and enpowers local communities to take ownership of their resources at a grass roots level. It is a 'bottom up' approach which is contrary to the traditional model of giving hand outs and resources from a 'top down' or hand out mentality that is not sustainable and ultimately locks people into a poverty cycle.

GWM’s CDE program is a highly participatory, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) program. It releases trained facilitators into poor communities to facilitate community-led development processes. Through its integrated, holistic approach, communities plan and implement culturally-appropriate, locally-driven projects with the flexibility to span any sector. Importantly, projects are based on community priorities…built around local assets and resources…rather than being dependent on outside support (often foreign support). They go beyond infrastructure and service provision to include projects that strengthen social capital.

CDE is designed to rebuild hope and entrepreneurial imagination, empowering communities to overcome poverty, disease and marginalisation by mobilising their innate potential, resources and relationships. In this way, CDE helps people envision and implement positive changes in their communities. In many cases, this foundational work enables the creation of new community-based organisations (CBOs). GWM’s program follows six broad stages:


Community Development in Action

Community planning meetings


Constructing a walkway                                              Laying a pipe                      

Construction of a school building

GWM has 29 full time workers across 4 different states deployed as facilitators in loval communities as highlighted in the map below:


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~Dietrich Bonhoeffer