Selfishness and altruism

Community Development begins to sound very worthy when one talks so broadly about it. I recognise I am drawn to the positivity, the ethos of helping others help themselves, and also how it seems to run counter to the way most of the world works in terms of hierarchies, power, and self-interest.

Is it necessary for Community Development to come from a place of this altruistic, so-called “enlightened”, philosophy and politics?

Or could there be Community Development happening through the more traditional capitalist structures, philosophy and politics?

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