19.1  Community and its advantages

A community is a group of people, based on common values and norms, who live within a geographically defined area and who share a common language, culture or values (Figure 19.1). In short, a community refers to an area or a village with families who are dependent on one another in their day-to-day transactions, thereby creating mutual advantages.

An urban community.
Figure 19.1  A community isn’t just a collection of houses, although these are important as well. (Photo: I-TECH/Julia Sherburne)

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 19

19.1.1  Concepts of community mobilisation