City Neighbourhood Transformation as a strategy brings transformation in a wholistic manner to people in urban poor neighbourhoods. It empowers people to take responsibility for their own lives. It helps neighbours to help their neighbours and moves them from welfare and relief to empowerment. It focuses on assets found in the neighbourhood which fosters local ownership instead of being based on problems which they expect outsiders to fix for them.
City Neighbourhood Transformation (CNT) trains people how to enter a nearby poor neighbourhood, develop relationships, identify assets already found in the neighbourhood in individuals and groups. Then, by working with the local people, this information is used to improve the living conditions.