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Communities are “Aware” of many threats to their livelihood. Threats of HIV, gender violence, TIP, you name it. But? Are they aware enough to “React” or “Act”? Using the community life competence approach over the past year has stimulated / generated high enthusiasm. Is this adequate for the desired behavior change? True, community life competence has the potential for changing “Ways of thinking” and “Ways of Working.” The capacity to apply “Learning and transfer” for desired output is important to move from the “Awareness” to “React” or “Act” and more so, “Systemizing” or making mitigating threats a “Life style” practice. To “learn” implies ability to comprehend, absorb and internalize, while transfer implies the ability / capacity to communicate effectively [how the ball is thrown! Gently or harshly]. To transfer effectively also requires the capacity to mobilize resources [financial, human or material]. Community life competence therefore is not necessarily a one-off activity. It requires opportunities for sustainable support to ensure or build capacity of communities to ‘learn and transfer’” effectively and achieve the desired behavior change: WOT and WOW.

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Comment by Gaston on March 8, 2011 at 7:02pm
Excellent idea Autry! I'll take this further and keep you involved.
Comment by marjolein on February 25, 2011 at 5:28pm
I think this is wel written thank you for sharing.
Comment by Autry Haynes on February 18, 2011 at 8:00pm

Question: How would describe a level 5 for transfer? I am thinking that there must be a "linking learning and transfer." What do consider to be key elements of transfer and do framework for five levels. Then do self assessment with actions plans to move between levels.


By doing this you engage participants and get their thinking, opinions, feelings, motivation, ownership and responsibility to be at level 5. Just some immediate thoughts :-)

Comment by Gaston on February 18, 2011 at 4:54am

Thank you Autry. First of all, you explain terms that we often use so casually and articulate their true meaning in an accessible way. Reading this, I get even more trust and confidence in Guyana Community Life Competence. You can really be a source of inspiration for many other country teams. 


Secondly, I am trying to summarize my experience and the experience that I learnt from country support teams on 'Transfer'. Imagine you can have a day with all the other country support teams to discuss Transfer issues. What would you ask them? This will help me to better tailor my work to your needs. 

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