Involving Community Leaders in Project Implementation
Prior to identifying any project for implementation in any community, we collaborate with community leaders on need analysis. We believe that needs analysis identifies the precise requirements of the beneficiaries, from beginning of the idea to end of the project. Because the needs analysis feeds into project planning, it is an integral part of any test-development project, be it large or small.
At the end of a successful initiation of this analysis, we plan as it is a crucial aspect of quality assurance in any development project. The development of a project plan includes workflows, timelines, milestones, and a list of formal and informal deliverables. The selection of personnel for the management team and the test development team also occurs during the planning stage. We then develop project proposal to seek funding assistance for implementation. Community leader’s involvements usually nurture grassroots innovations? Grassroots innovations are usually driven by social and sustainability motives that makes beneficiary to develop a sense of belongingness. This way, they turn to value the project and for that matter protect it with all that takes to make community development viable.
Our finding over the years reveals that, the involvement of community leadership can bring about transparency in operation, transfer skills aid the development of grassroots innovations, which operate in niches and require nurturing. They benefits from being entrenched into social networks, shared vision and decision making.
By involving community leaders, it will necessitate an understanding of dealing with host communities and key stakeholders, particularly those who represent a perceived threat to your project. This is often a dilemma for project managers and failure to get it right people involve for participation can be costly in terms of public controversy, delayed or abandoned projects – as well as running the risk of damaged careers, reputations and relationships with donor community.
By refusing to involve communities in project development can have serious long-term negative impacts on a community’s economic, environmental and social outcomes.
Establishing dialogue and building strong and genuine relationships with local communities and other stakeholders is now recognized as a vitally important part of any project.
This is why, at CHRAD, we see it necessary to actively collaborate with community leaders in all that we do for them.