Scotland in the world of community development

The Scottish Government has agreed a series of policies that shape the purpose and direction of community development, and other policies within which community development can play a key role.

As modern participatory governance processes are becoming more established, it is now acknowledged that, in order for communities and their representatives to be able to engage with decision making processes and structures and become active partners in the design and delivery of local services, their skills and capacity require to be at a level where they can participate as equal stakeholders.

Attention is increasingly being turned to the need to support local communities to develop the skills and capacity to act as partners in local delivery models, both as co-deliverers of services and as independent delivery agents.

At the highest strategic level in Scotland and within the national performance framework, one of the fifteen national priorities is ‘We have strong, resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others'.  The responsibility for achieving this outcome lies at both national and local levels via the concordat arrangement between Scottish Government and local authorities and their partners.

At policy level in Scotland community capacity building is consistently referenced within national frameworks, action plans and guidance documents;