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Great People - Great Community!

The Taipei Community 2019 Achievement Exhibition and Our Community Accreditation Ceremony The Department of Social Welfare (DSW) held the Taipei Community 2019 Achievement Exhibition and Our Community Accreditation Ceremony at the GIS MOTC Convention Center in the afternoon of December 25. The event drew upon the theme of Great People! Great Community! to host community work experience workshops in the form of short talks and human libraries involving empowerment teams in the south/north Taiwan as well as 8 communities in Taipei City. Together, they shared experiences in community work with the audience, discussing community manpower and resource management. Moreover, 64 community development associations that have obtained certification this year were also accredited, demonstrating the city's achievements in promoting community development.

This year's theme is manpower cultivation. People are the most important asset of the community, as the sustainability and common good of the community can only be materialized through the involvement of diverse talents. The event is divided into 3 major parts: Sharing of Community Empowerment Strategies and Achievements; Sharing of Human Library Community Work Experience, and Our Community Accreditation Ceremony.

For the Sharing of Community Empowerment Strategies and Achievements, the empowerment teams commissioned by the DSW including National Association for the Promotion of Community Universities and Community Empowering Society R.O.C will be exhibiting their strategies and accomplishments in community empowerment this year. Furthermore, Fujia Community from Shilin District will be invited to share its experiences in community course design. Next, for the Sharing of Human Library Community Work Experience, Guzhuang Community from Daan District, Minan Community from Zhongshan District, Fujia Community from Shilin District, Baishihu from Neihu District, Qiyan Community from Beitou District, as well as Dadao Community from Xinyi District and Wanhua District Youth Community Development Association will be hosting 4 theme corners to exchange and share experiences and achievements in managing community manpower and resources. Lastly, the Our Community Accreditation Ceremony will be conducted for the 64 community development associations that have passed community certification this year in order to encourage our community partners and thank them for their contributions and endeavors in community work.

The DSW changed the community evaluation system to community accreditation in 2018, where accreditation committee members visit the communities to observe 4 major dimensions: Getting to Know the Community; Democracy and Common Good; Growing by Learning; and Life Vision. Instead of glancing over the communities and providing them with an appraisal, the new approach respects the different development history and everyday issues of various communities by visiting them and studying their day to day operations before providing them with accreditations and tangible advice. The new system continues to receive increasing popularity and support from the city's communities, setting an all-time record for the number of community development associations participating in the accreditation program. In total, 64 communities have obtained accreditation, and 47 of them have received accreditation for 2 consecutive years, earning them well-deserved recognition and praises.

DSW Commissioner Chen Shiue-Hui remarked that every community has its unique development criteria and direction, so there is no need to compare it with other communities. The spirit of Our Community Taipei Community Accreditation Project is to eliminate the process of comparing individual communities by applying identical standards. Rather, the intention is to follow the spirit and values of community development by empowering community development associations, so that they can become civic organizations and teams that are interconnected and capable of working in unison to cater to the needs of local communities. In return, the aim is to materialize sustainable management and shape the movement into an impetus driving social development and urban advancement.