Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Engagement with the Community and Sustainable Development

  • Umesh Chandra PandeyEmail author
  • Chhabi Kumar
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_344


The terms “Engagement”, “Involvement”, “Participation” etc. are often used interchangeably to describe a continuum of engagement types. Community’s Engagement is a very broad term and its meaning varies in different contexts. It is, therefore, difficult to give any widely accepted definition. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DESA/DPADM) define citizen engagement as:

“the involvement of citizens in decision-making process of the state through measures and/or institutional arrangements so as to increase their influence on public policies and programs ensuring a more positive impact on their social and economic lives” (UN 2013).

A Perspective for Community Participation

The focus on community participation is largely based on the recognition of the knowledge pool embedded in the community and the need to capitalize on this knowledge and, thereby, develop locally sustainable models (UNDP 2009). It...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IGNOU Regional Evaluation Center, Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityBhopalIndia
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Social WorkRani Durgavati UniversityJabalpurIndia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia