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'Building A Better Future Through Civic Partnership'

The Centre for Inclusive Futures is a small London-based development agency with the mission of supporting efforts to develop sustainable communities which include everyone as equal citizens.

Laird Ryan
28 July 2015

Its director, David Towell, has published a series of short articles which aspire to offer resources for local leaders actively engaged in advancing this mission. It has recently issued Building A Better Future Through Civic Partnership, a pamphlet which offers a framework for civil society associations and local government to work together in improving their localities.

Other resources include Networking For Social Change, a complementary pamphlet (based on fieldwork in Colombia), and a full review of Robin Hambleton's excellent book Leading The Inclusive City. This and other material is available on-line in the Library of the Centre for Welfare Reform here.

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