Assessing the effectiveness of a capacity building intervention in empowering hard to reach communities

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This article focuses on hard-to-reach communities with weak histories of engagement and it explores whether facilitated community interventions can empower and develop community resilience. Drawing on data from 6 communities, the article indicates a need for tailored and context-specific support that matches local needs. Implementation of community projects is not linear and the delivery of interventions in hard-to-reach communities is associated with the risk of failure. Developing community resilience among communities that do not engage requires long-term interventions, on-going input, and a collaborative approach to working with communities to support equal and harmonized development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-263
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number3
Early online date26 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016



  • community empowerment, community capacity and resiliance, community engagement
  • hard-to-reach communities
  • community projects

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