The settings in which SCOs operate are varied. They include transitional states, low income countries, and anywhere where people hold aspirations for a better future. There are many communities in middle and high income countries--including the US--where large numbers of people live in poverty, face discrimination, or battle against threats to their wellbeing. These settings are also important for development work.
Individuals, communities, nations and the broader global community all hold visions of what they seek to become. Development is the evolutionary process of creating the conditions necessary to achieve those visions. Development also refers to outcomes, the specific sustainable changes in human behavior that occur as this process unfolds. Accordingly, development takes place at multiple levels: within individuals, families, communities, nations, regions, and in the context of global governance.