CD Worker Burnout: Does the ABCD Approach decrease this?
I wonder if it might be useful to think about effective ABCD as practice that is not professionalized at its core. For me, the key to successful ABCD is the emergence of shared leadership by people who are doing the work because they are passionate stakeholders, not because they are getting paid by an NGO, or government agency to implement a policy, project, or program.
Distributing the workload, or the responsibilities of paid staff across a group of community volunteers does not constitute ABCD. Shared leadership, shared risk, and placing some trust in the wisdom of well-informed amateurs might be the best way to keep anyone from getting burned out.