Connecting local responses around the world
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.