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Building the capacity of local groups – a Pillars guide

Helps groups improve their communication, effectiveness and activities


Tearfund partners in Chad work together to build capacity in their communities

Tearfund partners in Chad work together to build capacity in their communities. Photo: Lui Lui/Tearfund

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From: Pillars guides

Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for small groups

The aim of this guide is to help local groups discover how

  • to be an effective group in working and acting together - to improve record- and note-keeping
  • to enhance the communication and openness within a group
  • to take positive, autonomous action without outside intervention

Anticipated outcomes

  • local groups encouraged to gain confidence in their own ability to make changes for the better within their own communities
  • groups enabled to keep better records of their activities and to make use of this information for future planning and evaluation
  • use, sharing and networking of information encouraged
  • groups helped to plan for the future through organising activities and action

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