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Participatory Planning and Community Mobilization

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Participation is the fundamental element that defines the demand-driven development approach.  Individuals and communities are empowered to influence and control the decisions and resources that affect them.  Social funds have been a key instrument for encouraging participation by communities in programs financed through government investments.  Traditionally, decisions were made by “government experts”, but social funds have demonstrated that governments can allocate local investments based on the needs and preferences expressed by the community itself.  Community Mobilization, Capacity Building and Participatory Planning are key activities to ensure meaningful and inclusive participation.

Community mobilization aims to organize and improve community participation.  Motivating all member of a community provides the opportunity to utilize a variety of skills and abilities, which improves ownership and increases sustainability.

Capacity building is the process of equipping individuals with the understanding, skills and access to information, knowledge and training that enables them to perform effectively.  In turn, skilled and empowered individuals contribute to strong, capable communities. More….  (Please note that, although the content is shared, this link will take you to the Community Mobilization section of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) website).

Participatory planning can be defined as a tool for identifying the needs of all individuals within a community, a way of building consensus, and a means of empowering disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups. More...