Community Development

Peter Kenyon

Dear Friends,

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a global movement committed to strengths focussed, place based and community driven development. Across the world, communities, neighbourhoods and their residents have discovered the power of focusing on their assets, capacities and opportunities, as opposed to their needs, deficiencies and limitations. They have begun to act as citizens, rather than accepting the passive roles of clients, customers and consumers of someone else’s development programs and services.
In 2017, 180 people from 21 countries gathered in Goa, India to celebrate an ABCD Festival. Two years on, the 2nd ABCD Festival will occur in Goa, India. Like the first Festival, this is another opportunity to celebrate our efforts to ensure local community action continues to proliferate and flourish. It will be another unique opportunity to connect, share and learn with an amazing diversity of ABCD believers and practitioners from across the globe.

We hope you will join us for this celebration in Goa – one of the most beautiful and historic destinations in the world. We are hopeful that the ever changing kaleidoscope of vibrant colour and intriguing contrasts of India will weave their magic and mystery into the fabric of your experiences in this fascinating part of the globe.

Go well and cheers,
Peters sig
Bank of I.D.E.A.S. and Festival Convener


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“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.”Max Mueller

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Looking for travel options after the festival?

Join CERES Global in Udaipur on a journey through some of the most beautiful and iconic regions of India re-imagining the dialogue around community development, sustainability and education on a trip to coincide with the ABCD Festival.
Immersed in the vibrant culture and traditions of the sub-continent, we will participate in gift culture workshops, ‘wisdom walks’, learn about ancient crafts and farming practices and discover what it means to work towards a ‘heart vision’.


Community Development

The International Center
Goa, India

14th – 18th January 2019