Connecting local responses around the world
A community that is competent takes ownership and responsibilities based on its strengths. In the process of being competent they build their own dream of an ideal community and develop specific actions to achieve that ideal situation. The specific actions the community develops are based on self- assessing themselves as to where they are now with respect to achieving their dream. After creating their dreams, communities could also determine the elements / practices they should work on so that the dreams could be achieved. Over two days of working with a high level team from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean country, Facilitators of the Guyana Competence, engaged two communities to develop their own elements / practices of the self-assessment frame work. The two teams were the Trinidad community and a Most AT RISK Population (MARP) community. The MARP community was used to practice the self-assessment for the visiting Trinidadian community. Of the two communities, participants were placed into groups of three and four respectively. Each group was asked make a list of practices / elements that they need to work on from now, so as to achieve their dream. For the MARP community, instead of dream building, they were asked to identify strengths they have in their community. So the elements / practices were developed based on using their strengths to achieve competence at managing threats of, or preventing hiv.
The different lists were collated, by ‘titling’ into one list of practices / elements. The Trinidad community came up with a pod of seven - Ps.
During the engagement Guyana Competence Facilitators wondered how the elements of traditional frame work will be represented in the developed elements. Interestingly, most of the elements of the traditional framework were discussed and became integrated in the elements that were developed. These elements (traditional) will be highlighted when the competence levels for each of the new [local] practice was described. Each of the local framework will be refined, prioritized / analyzed and action plans developed from them.