COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Key to long term sustainability is engaging communities from the early phases of project planning and design, throughout the implementation phases, and eventual evaluation of impact.
Our staff have advised and supported communities, local governments and local technical consultants in planning and implementation projects using various methods, including: participatory prioritization and planning meetings, identification and selection of Community Access projects, local infrastructure and site assessments, and establishment of local user-group committees; conducted training needs assessment, developed training packages and carried out trainings and workshops for district and Sub-County officials.
We have also reviewed M&E frameworks (including outputs, indicators, MOV and assumption) and ensured regular monitoring and evaluation of program activities. These range from development of databases that promote accurate data collection from community to district to national levels.
These range from development of databases that promote accurate data collection from community to district to national levels.
We design and conduct socio-economic baseline studies in rural areas, liaising with affected communities and other stakeholders in the overall planning, management and implementation of activities, including monitoring progress, compilation and analysis of data and stakeholder coordination.
Our staff have implemented assignments that engaged rural communities in Niger, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mozambique, with funding from USAID and DANIDA. We have also engaged urban communities in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya to share their thoughts on important aspects of HIV prevention for the youth.