PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

Participatory Human Development is a process, not an event. When one cycle completes, it provides a bridge to the start of another cycle for community members, strengthening the commitment to empowered community-led development, and accelerating momentum as they continue to work together toward sustainable resolution of poverty – related issues.

Our field staff facilitate local community groups to identify, prioritize and resolve issues of persistent poverty, empowering participants by equipping them with confidence, skills and resource networks as they act together to improve their lives.

We do this through a nine-step process we call the Participatory Human Development Process.

PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Our partner field staff [“Facilitators”] visit homes in a community to establish rapport, create an open channel of communication and build trust on an individual basis.

Understanding the people in a community is vital in preparing them for change.

PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Facilitators conduct informal interviews and study community data (demographics, local access to water sources, household income streams, infrastructure, among other factors) to learn more about the presence and severity of issues faced by the community.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Community members gather to share and discuss the issues they face in their respective households, and collaborate to prioritize issues for further analysis and action as they work collectively toward resolution.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Facilitators prepare community members to participate in activities and raise their awareness of their agency and importance as individual components of a systematised method of issue-resolution.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
The community gathers to analyze, develop, and plan solutions to address their issues. Individual, personal perceptions and aspirations consolidate into collective knowledge and formalized project goals.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Community members prepare to mobilise by simulating possible challenges in their upcoming activities/mobilisations, in a compassionate, low-pressure group setting. Scenarios are acted-out and discussed to build confidence in members’ ability to communicate, negotiate and solve problems in a new or unfamiliar setting.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
With preparations complete, it’s time to act. Community members coordinate with others affected by the prioritized issue, as well as representatives from resource networks (local/regional governments, NGOs, companies, etc) in order to secure any necessary permits or equipment or even financial resources, as well as to gain experience in negotiating as equal members of society.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
With the group mobilization completed, community members meet to assess the strengths and challenges of their efforts and to determine if they reached their goals. Insights from this step will be integrated into planning for future projects together.
PARTICIPATORY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Community partners gather to consider the difference in their lives before and after their project’s completion, and discuss lessons learned from their work together, as well as sharing in the joy of achievement through collaboration.

This step bridges the end of one mobilization to the beginning of the next Human Development cycle, with members considering what they’ve learned and how they will continue to grow and change by incorporating their new experiences.