This article places the concept of community asset management (CAM), the focus of a DFID Knowledge and Research
(KAR) project which has been described elsewhere, in the context of the broader concepts of participatory local governance
and good practice, themselves the subjects of other recent KAR projects. It is contended herein that it is imperative
to local development, service delivery and poverty reduction that these concepts are fully operationalised by the
stakeholders involved in the governance process. The article argues that, not only is CAM as a community participation
approach a good practice in good governance 'in its own right', but the very practice of the CAM approach involves
the operationalisation of other participatory local governance principles.
Keywords : Community Asset Management, Good Practice, Participatory Local Governance, Community
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