Ugandan Community Development Workers and Ministry Of Gender Labour and Social Development to use CLCP in their Work

Sometime in May 2012, I was invited by Ugandan ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to present a paper on Community Life Competence Process during a workshop drafting the first Social Gerontology Manual for Community Workers.  The presentation attracted the attention of the ministry as a very innovative and sustainable approach in promoting community ownership when dealing with concerns of older persons. The ministry agreed to include the approach into the manual. To me this was a great success on the road to sustaining the approach in Uganda. CLCP is not new in Uganda, it was used during GLIA project but because it was not institutionalized, it stopped with the project. The approach being included in the manual, will be used by generations to come as the population of older persons increase globally.

Since Uganda has very few CLCP facilitators, the ministry with financial support from Cordaid and Easy Care foundation, identified a team of 24 people who will be using the manual at different levels and requested us to train them in CLCP. The workshop which was very interactive and included SALT visit to Katabi was held in Entebbe from 13th to 17th August 2012

Workshop Time line


Mon 13th

Tues  14th

Wed 15th

Thurs 16th

Fri 17th



Welcome, Introductions + AIMS/Objectives

Concerns around older people in communities: Easy Care tool


SALT visit Debriefing


Developing the Self-Assessment: 

Categories from the Dream and SALT visits

Measurement Framework



Introduction to CLCP & Local Response







CLCP: Way of thinking and way of working

Easy Care tool Continued

Building a community Dream




Developing the Self-Assessment:

 Levels of Progress

Action Planning

Building the Dream

Understanding SALT[belief / Behaviour]  and Community Strengths










Practising SALT: 

Community Visit

Guided by Easy Care Tool

Facilitating Building of the community Dream


Facilitating the Self-Assessment


Way forward




This workshop was unique because it included linking the seven domains of Easy Care tool [Vision, hearing and communicating; Self-care; Mobility; Safety and security; Accommodation, environment and finance; Staying health; Mental health] as a guide to CLC facilitators during SALT visits.

At the end of the workshop, the team had a dream of an Inclusive, Caring, prosperous and peaceful community


We say thank you to the Constellation, thank you to Ricardo Walters, thank you to Francien for all the support. We shall keep following and supporting this team.


Katabi Community has started selling mushrooms from their project. They do not have to go to market, members of the community find mushroom at home.


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Comment by NAMARA ARTHUR ARAALI on September 16, 2012 at 4:07pm

Thanks Ricardo, we miss you here.

Comment by Ricardo Walters on September 14, 2012 at 3:47pm

Fantastic progress, Arthur, and a great example of how local experience and relational influence (as a form of advocacy) can scale out the movement of response.  Thanks for the update.  I'd love to get back and hang out with your team a little sometime.

Comment by Marlou on August 21, 2012 at 12:12pm

A great vision, Arthur, thanks for sharing! Keep us posted on the actions that follow from here, towards this dream!

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on August 20, 2012 at 4:18pm

Congratulations Namara! Please can you share more about how did this come about. What is their dream?


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