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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Sadika Maheruma Khan

Teaching and Research Assistant
University of Utah

Sadika Maheruma Khan is from Bangladesh. She completed her undergraduate in Urban and Regional Planning in Bangladesh while working at a Development Authority. She has come to the US to pursue a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah and works as a teaching and research assistant in various planning projects.

Session Information:

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute Training
September 10, 2021 11:20 am

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for sustainable community-driven development. The appeal of ABCD for planners lies in its premise that planners can facilitate communities to drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognized assets, and thereby responding to and creating local opportunities. ABCD builds on the six assets that are already found in the local neighborhood and mobilizes them to realize the vision of community residents. Instead of concentrating on community needs, planners in this workshop will learn how they can help community groups to discover and mobilize their own assets. The six assets we will discuss are (1) individuals, (2) associations, (3) institutions, (4) physical space, (5) exchange and economy, (6) culture, history, and stories. The key is for planners to begin to use what is already in the community. After discussing and engaging in group exercises for each asset h, we will discuss how the group can move forward with what they just heard. What are some ideas people have for planning and implementation?

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