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From strength to strength

13 Jan 2016   |   Blog   |   Long-term Development

In our development programs, we identify and build on the strengths, abilities and assets that communities possess. This is called asset-based community development (ABCD). Recently ABCD was introduced in our Cambodia office as an important element to be incorporated in the design of programs for communities. … Continue reading

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