Communities and families

Building capacity of communities

UNICEF designs and conducts workshops and training sessions for its own staff, for staff from non-governmental organizations and other partners, and for government counterparts to improve the quality of community-based communication activities. We emphasize building skills in communication planning, monitoring and data management.

The active involvement of communities is crucial to any programme of work that advocates for the rights of children and women, and to create the social change necessary to foster and support improvements. If communities are excluded, programmes are more likely to have little or short-lived impact. However, the community voice is not heard automatically, and so community involvement is a priority in UNICEF’s efforts.

This is why many assessment and planning processes explicitly call for community input and many activities begin with building the capacity of community members to make their views and goals known effectively. UNICEF staff receive training in group facilitation skills and participatory methods to enable them to work effectively with community groups. They also receive guidelines on topics such as building alliances with religious and social groups.

All the participatory assessment methods UNICEF has developed empower local communities to take ownership of and promote the social and health changes necessary to improve children’s lives.

 

 


 

 

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