'العربية / al-ʿarabīyah
IMPLEMENTING THE COMMUNITY PLAN
Action for Empowerment
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Following the plan means doing the project
In the community preparation phase, at least two documents should have been prepared (ie by the executive) and approved (ie by the whole community). These are: (1) the CAP (Community Action Plan) or Plan of Action, and (2) the Project Design (which may or may not have been used also as a proposal).
Unless these are changed by the executive and the community as a whole, they should be referred to often, especially if a dispute, or question of what to do next, arises. The project design should be seen as linked to, and part of, the community action plan.
Your job is not to implement the plan, but facilitate the community to do so.
Ensure that the people designated to do specific tasks do so. Ensure that monitoring is carried out. Ensure that there are frequent meetings of the executive (where progress reports are discussed) and meetings of the whole community. Ensure that accurate records are kept, especially of all financial expenditures.
Assist the executive in recording the monetary value of their management contributions (how many hours do they spend in meetings, planning, supervising, implementing, and what is the monetary value of their donated time and energy?). This means many meetings between you and the executive, and a few public meetings with the whole community.
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