Community Wealth Rediscovered: Knowledge for Poverty Alleviation
Low-income communities are very easily labeled “poor”. What we oftentimes do not realize is that while communities may be economically poor, they are rich with respect to many things that are oftentimes unseen and unrecognized.
The Knowledge for Poverty Alleviation (KPA) framework refocuses development thinking by putting the spotlight on these forms of community wealth that exists even before the introduction of development projects:
The KPA framework starts with the recognition of these intangible assets and capital of the “poor” and points to several strategies for project implementers: leveraging community intangible assets; neutralizing intangible liabilities; utilizing tangible assets; and building-up sustainable structural and stakeholder capital.
With its focus on the oftentimes unseen but potent factors that influence project performance, the KPA framework is a promising model that can be used both in the design and evaluation of community-based anti-poverty projects to enhance the likelihood of project success and sustainability.
After Apin Talisayon and Jasmin Suministrado framed the KPA Model based on success stories in anti-poverty alleviation projects in the Philippines, Philip Penaflor further operationalized it by developing an appreciative community self-assessment tool in East Timor. Philip wrote two papers from this East Timor experience.
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