Asset-based and citizen-led development: Using a diffracted power lens to analyze the possibilities and challenges

Alison Mathie
Jenny Cameron
Katherine Gibson

Asset Based Community Development or Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (ABCD) is being used in a range of development contexts. Some researchers have been quick to dismiss ABCD as part of the neoliberal project and an approach that perpetuates unequal power relations. This paper uses a diffracted power analysis to explore the possibilities associated with ABCD as well as the challenges.