Navigating Community Development

Harnessing Comparative Advantages to Create Strategic Partnerships

  • Robert O. Zdenek
  • Dee Walsh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 1-4
  3. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 5-19
  4. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 53-73
  5. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 75-102
  6. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 115-184
  7. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 185-202
  8. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 203-222
  9. Robert O. Zdenek, Dee Walsh
    Pages 223-239
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 249-288

About this book


This book describes the evolution of the community development sector over the past 50 years, and it presents a framework and road map for how community development organizations can advance their mission through strategic partnerships that utilize their core competencies. The authors describe the current community development ecosystem, define a range of essential community development competencies, and demonstrate, through seven case studies, how using comparative advantages built on core competencies can improve outcomes for communities. By recognizing and leading with their competencies and strengths, organizations can bring their specialized areas of expertise to address complex and interconnected community challenges, and effectively meet their missions and objectives.


collaboration development Comparative Advantage Core competencies housing Regional housing development organizations partnerships Community development corporations Community development financial institutions Cross-sector collaboration

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert O. Zdenek
    • 1
  • Dee Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.San FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.PortlandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-47700-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-47701-9
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking