The purpose of community development is to improve your geographic community in some manner.
It could be a higher income, better public health, fewer incidences of war or crime, better appearance, more jobs, less addiction, more ways to show respect and help one another, or better transportation, electricity, broadband, energy supplies, or housing.
This page is provided in direct response to a visitor question. If the first paragraph didn't answer the question, maybe you will want to read about the definition of community development, or even check our sitemap to understand the breadth of subject matter that might comprise the purpose of community development in any particular instance.
Others may want to see international community development.
Maybe the question really was a philosophical question, more along the lines of "Why should I care about my community?" If so, that's something for you and your conscience to decide.
But our argument would be that you're not here on this earth by yourself, you need others so you can survive and thrive, and so far in human history, you are place-based. You can't be in more than one place at one time.
So ethically, why not contribute to that place? That place provides you the means to gather the food, clothing, shelter, love, culture, and human kindness that you need for a healthy life. If any of those necessities are in short supply, you can contribute to your geographic community and its betterment, and furthermore, you should.
The reason behind these efforts varies hugely from situation to situation around the globe, but I hope you'll give your community some of your time and energy.
After all, your community supports you, and you should either express your gratitude by supporting it back, or if it doesn't support you well enough, you need to help improve the conditions. If you're reading the internet, you aren't powerless to enhance your community's situation.
Research even shows that people who engage in community service are happier than those who don't!
Humans in groups all have problems, regardless of wealth or any other advantage the community may have. So make your place a viable place to live.