Enabling communities to participate effectively in development work
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Participatory development is the most important approach towards enabling communities to help themselves and sustain efforts in development work. Communities are no longer seen as recipients of development programmes; rather, they have become critical stakeholders that have an important role to play in the management of programmes and projects in their areas. This training is the first step towards building their capacities to effectively participate in identifying and responding to community issues and problems in development projects. Community stakeholders are community-based mechanisms that can help support and sustain a programme or project. For example, in implementing education projects, the mechanism can be the school governing council or the parents, teachers and community association.
This 5-day skills building and application training aims to build a framework to assess, develop and monitor the capacity of communities in development programmes and projects. Participants learn to formulate an appropriate training curriculum that best responds to the needs of the community stakeholders, their mandate and responsibilities.
The course starts with reflection and discussion on the role of different stakeholders in development work, the meaning and characteristics of capacity building for communities and how capacity building of communities helps in ensuring programme/project success and sustainability. The course then focuses on how to identify and map different community groups relevant to the programme/project, how to assess their needs and expectations and how to develop an appropriate training needs instrument. Based on training needs assessments, working groups of participants develop training curriculums. At the end of the course, working groups present the results of their training outcomes, which are then discussed among all participants and consolidated. A summary of good practices and lessons learned concludes this course.
Who should attend
The course will benefit all persons who participate in project and training management including:
- Training and Organisational Development Managers
- Programme/Project Development Managers
- Team Leaders of a project
- NGO Staff, Community Leaders and Officers involved in designing and implementing institution building programs
Note: Participants should have prior experience in community development and engagement. To profit most from this course, participants should ideally bring examples of existing community issues related to their programmes or projects.
How you and your organisation will benefit – Learning Objectives
On this course participants will be able to:
- Develop an community participation framework which will be the basis for the identification and development of capacity building interventions for communities
- Design and present a community participation assessment instrument as a tool for identifying and monitoring stakeholder growth
- Develop a training curriculum that is adapted to the needs of the community and to the programme/project.
|Day 1||Capacity Building and Community Stakeholder Mapping
|Day 2||Developing a Community Participation Framework
|Day 3||Creating an Instrument to Assess Community Participation
|Day 4||Designing Training Programmes to Close the Gap
|Day 5||Sharing Proposed Community Training ProgrammesParticipants present the results of their working group discussions on:
Presentations are followed by discussions.
Interested in having this course conducted tailor-made for your organisation? Please contact us.