and Regional Development
Community and Regional Development
I am developing this new field, to address the means for developing (i) functionally sustainable communities (FSCs, such as rural communities and energy-resource isolated communities), and (ii) self-reliant economic blocs (made up of compatible neighboring FSCs) for advancement of developing countries.
A graduate program curriculum in Community development would comprise of courses in (i) Functional sectors of a community and their inter-relationships; (ii) Cooperatively-structured medium and large scaled enterprises and privately-owned small-scale businesses; (iii) Technopreneurship for sustainable indigenous agro-industrial development, (iv) Community services: water supply, electrical power, finance and banking for indigenous enterprises, preventive and curative primary-to-tertiary healthcare delivery system, transportation system for people and freight, and primary-to-tertiary education; (v) Trade and commerce; (vi) Financial and fiscal policy; (vii) Operations research, with applications to budget development and management to make communities functionally sustainable; (viii) Operational design of a FSC, such that all its sectors have near-uniform living standards ( click here for FSC design ); (ix) Formation of self-reliant economic blocs (SREB): inter and intra SREB trade and commerce and sharing of knowledge to develop a uniform standard of living; (x) Role of universities as partners in community and regional development; (x) People-centered governance and electoral system, to efficiently administer FSCs and SEBs.
For more insight into Community Development Engineering for Functionally Sustainable Community, please refer to my paper: " "Sustainable Development of Developing Countries: A Holistic Socio-Economic-Political Approach" which has been published in the The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.71-78.