Indeed, federal and local governments and the private sector seek to establish an integrated, partnership approach to address various social problems (Russell & ABCD Institute and Nurture Development, 2009). Unfortunately, the social services model previously adopted by European nations has not addressed the respective societal problems since it did not put the citizens and communities more in control of their affairs. The model reduced the communities to passive recipients of governmental or non-governmental assistance leading to more dependency than empowerment (Russell & ABCD Institute and Nurture Development, 2009).
In light of this, I will need to consider new ideas and strategies that will promote the effective use of available resources and enhance increased community involvement in models seeking to address societal problems. Initiatives that place the community in the driving seat have a likelihood of promoting social inclusion, reducing poverty, enhancing community development (Russell & ABCD Institute and Nurture Development, 2009). Such a model will allow the citizens to control the initiatives in a democratic space, which will ensure that they derive empowerment from such initiatives. As a community development officer, I will seek to ensure that we identify, mobilize, and utilize the available resources and strengthen the citizens to use their abilities as resources of solving their community problems (Russell & ABCD Institute and Nurture Development, 2009). To achieve this, I will rely on the information gathered during this semester by all students to decide my next steps. I will equally refer to theories and models to make decisions relating to my next course of action.
Most importantly, as a community development officer, I will have to prepare a community profile (Church and Neighborhood Development in London, 2004). In preparing the community profile, I will prepare the ground by creating a steering group,