We are a non-profit community based organization in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape South Africa. Our main objective is that of Social Cohesion, developing healthy communities and promoting optimum public participation. It is our belief that by combining our skill with our compassion, we can truly create a strong, healthy, united and peaceful community in which every person is free, socially and economically, secured and protected by the law.
According to Wikipedia, the United Nations defines community development as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.”
It is a broad term given to the practices of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient local communities.
Community development is also understood as a professional discipline, and is defined by the International Association for Community Development (www.iacdglobal.org), the global network of community development practitioners and scholars, as “a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings”.
Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities. These skills are often created through the formation of social groups working for a common agenda. Community developers must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities’ positions within the context of larger social institutions.
African Continentals Network (AFCONET), therefore, is a platform for those community developers with one goal and one goal only; that of building safe, strong, healthy and vibrant communities.
The vision-bearer and founder of African Continentals Network is Mr Jonguxolo Wiseman Mbodla.