The key partners in all of CODI’s work: Community Networks
CODI’s demand-led facilitating structure touches the lives of people across Thailand, in all the country’s urban and rural areas. A crucial role in working at this scale is played by community networks. Since the very beginning, CODI has supported the establishment and strengthening of new networks and the linking together of existing community networks across the country. Networks now exist at just about every level: 77 province-level networks, five regional-level networks, hundreds of active city-level networks, several issue based national-level networks and more than 6,000 ward-level community councils. Besides all these area-based networks, there are issue-based community networks that bring together communities around common issues such as welfare, housing, a common landlord or tenure situation or organic farming.
Communities in Thailand are now linked into a crisscrossing web of area-based (at city, ward, district, provincial and regional levels), and issue-based networks at a quite dramatic scale, and these networks provide innumerable platforms for sharing, learning, mutual supporting and negotiating about a whole range of holistic development issues. That space allows people and networks at scale to get together, talk, plan, do things and collaborate with other key development agencies. In the process, they are unlocking a real big change.
As a structure which allows individual poor communities to move from isolation into collective strength and which helps them to develop solutions to the problems they face, the community network has become an important development mechanism in the country. Besides providing a means of idea-sharing, asset-pooling and mutual support, networks have opened channels for communities to talk to their local development agencies and to undertake collaborative development activities of many sorts.
Why Community Networks? As a platform for large scale development which involves a synergy of learning, experience-sharing, morale-boosting and mutual inspiration, community networks have given Thailand’s poor enormous confidence and created a development mechanism which belongs entirely to them. Community networks have emerged at many levels and in many forms and have become the main community-driven development mechanism of CODI, in its work to develop a national-scale development process.
LINKS TO DOCUMENTS ON COMMUNITY NETWORKS
- Canal community notes 1997 – 2004.pdf
- Canal Settlements in ACHR Newsletter April 1999.pdf
- Cities for People and by People in UN Chronicle Oct 2016.pdf
- Citizens Networks to Address Poverty Nov 1999.pdf
- CODI’s first four years Aug 2004.pdf
- Community as subject, not object Jan 2004.pdf
- Eviction in Thailand from ACHR Newsletter Oct 2003.pdf
- Thinking City-wide in Chantaburi April 2009.pdf
- Trusting People can Do It Essay Sept 2011.pdf
- UCDO Update 1 June 1997.pdf
- UCDO Update 2 October 2000.pdf