The default language in talking about disasters, climate change and development and the local level is now ‘community’. It is rare for the word ‘people’ or ‘locality’ to be used. Instead researchers, donors and other organizations all claim to be working with ‘communities’. It is also reflected in the prefix ‘community-based’, which can be added to any problem so as to fix it.
This presentation challenges the way that ‘community’ is perceived and framed for our benefit, and argues that it distracts from understanding the actual explanations of problems. It has become a ‘fake concept’ that makes it unnecessary to analyse causation and the root causes in exploitation and oppression.