Asset Based Community – Led Development Asset based community lead development process is about paradigm shifting and changing you view of the world to a more asset based one. Focusing on what you have and what you know. It builds a person’s awareness of what is around them and challenges negative attitudes and limiting poverty consciousness. The process encourages a proactive approach to make your own development and vision happen. The ABCD approach focuses attention on the strengths and capacities that communities already have and builds from there. The intention is to surface hidden “gifts”, grow appreciation and common vision from which to move forward. The ABCD approach is based on the beliefs that: • meaningful and lasting community change always comes from within • every person has capacities, abilities and gifts • local residents are experts and key change agents ABCD promotes collaborative efforts for economic and social development. The intention is to make best use of the existing resources and ensure that the community is driving the development process.