Publication - Promising Practices in Community Partnerships : Lessons Learned from the Canadian Rural Partnership
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Promising Practices in Community Partnerships : Lessons Learned from the Canadian Rural Partnership
- Nichols, Christoper
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Canadians living in rural, remote and northern regions face many challenges to their communities' sustainability and viability. The Government of Canada, in collaboration with rural communities through the Canadian Rural Partnership, has responded to these concerns by developing policies, programs and services that, among other things, help build capacity at the community level. Community capacity building plays an important role in community development because the process builds on strengths, identifies opportunities, and takes effective action. A thorough review of a selected sample of community projects funded at close to $1.8 million over a period of six years, between 1998 and 2004, has yielded many lessons learned and best practices. Key findings identify the importance of building community partnerships and networks, and of having a participatory approach that involves as many stakeholders as possible, including youth and Aboriginal peoples. The lessons learned identified in this study can be used by community stakeholders conducting similar community development efforts.