How to assist communities to become stronger.

This Handbook is aimed at those who are seeking tools, ideas and approaches to facilitate the empowerment of communities. This is a "how-to" book, intended for community mobilisers who want to stimulate social change in a community to work towards poverty eradication, good governance, increased transparency - in short community empowerment.

This Handbook identifies key Rules in the community empowerment process; it stresses the role and responsibility of the community leader or coordinator of an activity, community networks and other Civil Society groups, including local citizens.

The aim is to build and support strong, active and inclusive communities in Africa and to encourage people to take an active part in making decisions, delivering and influencing services. 

The aim is to build empowered communities that we can:

  • improve services to local people
  • give confidence and skills to individuals
  • help to build more cohesive communities.

Empowering local people to take an active part in decision-making helps to build confident, cohesive communities by increasing individual’s confidence and skills, and by improving services.