A strength-based approach for international development

Together with Keren Winterford and Christopher Dureau, Institute Honorary Associate Deborah Rhodes has co-authored a new book on a strength-based approach to international development.

A shift from a deficit or problem-solving approach to a strengths-based approach is a significant reframing for international development. A strengths-based approach aims to reveal assets, strengths or what is working within an individual, group, community or organisation, then uses these strengths as a way to achieve change and preferred futures.

This book sets out the thinking, practical action and evidence-base to inform a sector-wide transformation. For many, this is a radical or even revolutionary shift, but for others, the writing is already on the wall.

The book will be launched at an event featuring the three authors on Thursday 3 August at the Australian Volunteers International National Office at 160 Johnston Street Fitzroy.