For community development workers.

This book is for community development field workers, social animators, facilitators of self help, community management trainers, capacity strengthening trainers and other mobilisers working to encourage and train low income communities to solve their own problems, to identify their own resources, and to plan their own development.

While it is directed towards the field workers or mobilisers, it also discusses how NGOs and CBOs (Community Based Organisations) whose capacity are being strengthened, can write community self help project progress reports. Field workers can use these Handbook, therefore, not only to write their own reports, but also to train CBOs how to write community progress reports.

This handbook emphasises the why and how of narrative reporting, but makes some reference also to the need for financial reports. Writing reports should not be seen to be boring, instead development workers should look upon the task as a challenge. Emphasise results over activities. Go beyond description; be analytical. Know your audience and the needs of your readers. Write in easy to read, simple language. Avoid the passive voice. Write concisely (briefly but completely).

Organise your reports by using an outline and by using subtitles. Write several drafts before the final one. By using these tips and guidelines, you can teach yourself and your community clients to improve your report writing. Remember, it is not necessary to be bad to get better.