1.6.2  Why is community participation so important?

When people are involved and participate in an activity, they develop a sense of ownership and responsibility, which helps to sustain initiatives, activities and programmes. It also has the following benefits:

  • Increased availability of resources as community members willingly contribute time and resources to what they consider to be their own initiatives and activities.
  • A sense of unity among community members.
  • Increasing confidence as the successes of their contributions are registered.
  • People are empowered to exercise their skills, talents and develop their potential.
  • Behaviour change will be quicker and easier.
  • Controlling harmful traditional practices becomes easier.

1.6.1  Methods for mobilising community action

1.6.3  Establishing partnerships with community gatekeepers