Capacity Building

Capacity building is about community empowerment and therefore a key component of a sustainable community development. TPP engages in new forms of learning and problem solving with communities that promotes participation and adaptive learning. This participatory approach helps identify and address gaps in knowledge, skills and resources. At the same time, TPP supports training of local people so that they can become more confident and effective in addressing community issues and development needs.

The Challenge:

A conventional approach to community development suggests that planning and control of the development process is best left to experts. In this approach, community members may provide information or labor, but are not seen as active participants in the development process. Placing local people in such a passive role does not lend itself to sustainable development. In Tanzania, village leaders and committees are charged with implementing local development, collecting village revenue, resolving social conflicts and enforcing village bylaws. However, villagers say that they do not fully understand their roles and responsibilities as leaders or as committee members, nor do they feel they have the knowledge, skills or resources to carry out their functions.

What We Do:

  • Working with TPP partners and local government officials to develop or adapt training materials for the local context
  • Training for village committees, local leaders and other key community members to promote and implement sustainable community development efforts. Specific activities include:
    • Training village water committees and village user associations in the sustainable management of local water systems.
    • Form and train an animal health committee in Naitolia to address the health and productivity of village cattle.
    • Training school health committees and District Officers in implementing school health assessments to identify and respond to student health problems.