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4ward Coalition

         The 4Ward Coalition 4 Empowerment

coalition is a pact or treaty among individuals or groups, during which they cooperate in joint action,each in their own self-interest, joining forces together for a common cause. This alliance may be temporary or a matter of convenience. A coalition thus differs from a more formal covenant. Possibly described as a joining of 'factions', usually those with overlapping interests rather than opposing. Coalition is the term used to refer to matters associated with a union, mostly a temporary one. The coalition may be of people, factions, political parties, or nations and is meant to serve a particular purpose.

Empowerment
Empowerment in its simplest form is, "the process by which individuals and communities gain mastery over their lives." (Minkler, 1989, p. 3)  Rappaport has elaborated and emphasized the 'process' nature of the concept, "empowerment is viewed as a process; the mechanism by which people, organizations and communities gain mastery over their lives.” (1984, p. 3)  The Cornell Empowerment Group (1989) states that "empowerment is an intentional, on-going process centered in the local community, involving mutual respect, critical reflection, caring, and group participation, through which people lacking an equal share of valued resources gain greater access to and control over those resources."

Empowerment  is  an  intentional,  ongoing  process  centered  in the local community, involving  mutual respect, critical reflection, caring, and group participation,  through  which  people lacking  an equal share of  valued resources gain  greater access to  and control over those resources....By valued resources  we  are  referring to political power, purchasing power, information, social support, and the skills that come from education, along with the accompanying social status."


Activism - Active Empowerment of the People

Civil society, activist and nonprofit groups often call themselves "coalitions" when they join together. It can be temporary or long-term. Most often coalitions of activists and advocates support each other when one faction takes the lead in a particular movement. Coalitions of activists work best when there is a mutual respect for the strengths of each organization/individual involved, and there is less overlap.

Collaborative Leadership
The term Collaborative Leadership describes an emerging body of theory and management practice which is focused on the leadership skills and attributes needed to deliver results across organizational boundaries. The term started to appear in the mid-1990s in response to the twin trends of the growth in strategic alliances between private corporations and the formation of long term public private partnership contracts to rebuild public infrastructure.


Below are some helpful documents to help one understand how a Coalition functions.
COALITION BUILDING:  ONE PATH TO EMPOWERED COMMUNITIES

HOW TO FORM A COALITION

COALITION BUILDING: Is it Really Empowerment?

BUILDING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY

IS A COALITION RIGHT FOR YOU? SURVEY







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