THREE COMMUNITY WORKER HANDBOOKS
by Phil Bartle, PhD
These are three hand books for community field workers involved in reducing poverty and strengthening low income communities. They are aimed at community animators in the least wealthy countries. They are designed to be translated into local languages, and adapted to rural and urban communities. The illustrations are made in Uganda, but can be downloaded and used in local training material in other countries.
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Here are the three hand books in pdf (Acrobat):
Here are the summaries of these three handbooks for mobilizers.
Handbook for Mobilizers (Summary):
ISBN: 92-1-131401-1 ─ UN: HS/543/98
Community participation must be stimulated and encouraged. This is a "how-to" book, intended for community mobilizers. 1. Getting Prepared: know your goals, your target community, the skills you need, the basic concepts. Avoiding dependency. 2. Getting Started: sensitizing authorities, getting permissions. Mobilization cycle. Community chooses its action. 3. Organizing the community: action training. Forming the executive. Assessing conditions: problems, resources, constraints, Community action plan. 4. Into action: monitoring is essential.
Transparency. Records, reports. Community generated needs. Training: communication: meetings, reports, inspections. Celebrations: key turning points, completion. 5. Sustainability: Community leadership and internal mobilization. 6. Appendices: Glossary of Key Terms. To Be a Mobilizer. What is a Community? Elements of Strength. Mobilization Cycle. Unity Organizing. Training as Mobilization. Brainstorming. Management Training. Telling Stories. Slogans & Proverbs. Project Design. Preparing a Workshop. Resource Acquisition. Measuring Progress. Initials and Acronyms.
Handbook to Generate Wealth (Summary):
ISBN: 92-1-1314 03-8 ─ UN: HS/544/98
A "how-to" book for community workers to help eradicate poverty. Analysis of poverty and its causes. Using credit and training to promote entrepreneurship. 1. Definitions, goals, methods. Attacking causes not results of poverty (apathy, ignorance, disease, dishonesty, dependency, isolation). 2. Credit. Wealth must be created, not merely transferred. Sizes of loans. Market rate of interest.
3. Organizing groups: trust, umbrella, training. 4. Skills needed: management, resource mobilization, accounting, finance, records, reports, marketing, credit skills, technical skills. 5. Successful enterprise: viability, integrity, goodwill. 6. Appendices: Forms. Group formation. Micro-enterprise. Business records. Financial training. Marketing. Savings. Planning. Managing an enterprise. Definitions.
Handbook of Monitoring (Summary):
ISBN: 92-1-131401-6 ─ UN: HS/545/98
This handbook focuses on monitoring and evaluation of community strengthening. 1. Principles. 2. Integrated into all stages of project cycle; executed by all stake holders. Monitoring indicators. 3. Evaluation. 4. Management information: determining information needed, collecting, analysing, storing, assessing, disseminating.
5. Advantages and challenges of participation in monitoring. 6. Issues and procedures at community, district, national and donor level. 7. Pros and cons of verbal and written reports. Appendices: Forms. Mobilizer's Reports. Model.
Bibliographic References is a working document of bibliographic material related to all three hand books.
These three documents are generated from Training for Strength; A Community Management Training Methodology, which, in turn is derived from The CMP Strategy.
Modular Training Sets:
Subsequent to the publishing of the three handbooks, this site has created and developed several training modules to supplement the training material in the handbooks. Training modules contain basic texts, model forms, short handouts for workshops, and notes for trainers.
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