Asset-Based Community Development as a Vehicle for Economic Diversification: Place-Based Strategies for Building Stronger Economies in the Caribbean

  • Cheryl-Ann S. BoodramEmail author


Economists are recognising the importance of building civic engagement and social capital as critical elements in the economic diversification for small island developing states (SIDS). Despite this understanding, the approach as to how to engage communities has evaded the discipline of economics. This chapter argues for the use of a social work approach to asset-based community development (ABCD) as a tool in the economic diversification in the Caribbean. Following a description of the main principles of the ABCD model, this chapter shows how ABCD can be applied to community-driven economic development. The chapter argues that the strength of the ABCD lies in its premise that people can participate in organising to drive the economic development process and create indigenous and innovative sustainable solutions in times of economic uncertainty.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioural SciencesThe University of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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