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Asset-Based Community Development in Diverse Cultural Contexts: Learning from Mindanao, the Philippines

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This chapter is about asset-based community development (ABCD) in Mindanao. Specifically, it is about a locally adapted ABCD approach that has emerged from development practitioners adapting and translating ABCD concepts and methods to make them more culturally relevant. The chapter examines how the use of language and communication tools, in conjunction with an emphasis on local empowerment, contribute to enabling a more culturally relevant form of ABCD. The chapter opens up a space of conversation between linguists, development scholars, ABCD practitioners, and a larger research community. It invites wider application of learnings from Mindanao, and furthers thinking on the application of linguistics in development theory and practice.


  • Communication tools
  • Cultural diversity
  • Asset-based community development
  • Mindanao

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    For more information on Mindanao cooperative organising principles and experiences, see the work of FICCO of which Anselmo is currently a member and the Director:

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    With the waves of migration from the Visayas region of the Philippines to Mindanao, different regional languages for example, Hiligaynon, Ilonggo, and Bisayâ, travelled to Mindanao and were used more commonly among people living in Mindanao.

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    Moro is a term used to refer to Muslim peoples of Mindanao, Palawan, the Sulu Archipelago, and other southern islands of the Philippines., accessed 4 February 2022.


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We would like to thank Jayson Petras for comments and suggestions on explaining the linguistic context of the Philippines, and Froukje Krijtenburg for comments and suggestions on an earlier draft and the ABCD explication.

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Hill, A., Mercado, A.B., Fuentes, A.S., Hill, D. (2022). Asset-Based Community Development in Diverse Cultural Contexts: Learning from Mindanao, the Philippines. In: Hill, D., Ameka, F.K. (eds) Languages, Linguistics and Development Practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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