Community Outreach and Capacity Building for Infrastructure

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected International Relief and Development (IRD)’s Community Outreach and Capacity Building (COCB) Model to be highlighted at their Local Capacity Development Summit on June 18, 2012.

Key to IRD’s success in working in unstable conflict and disaster environments is the use of the COCB service model. IRD has learned that improvement in one sector without gains in the others does not generally lead to long-term growth and improved overall capacity. The COCB approach ensures successful project delivery by addressing the capacity needs of all core players, including the government and public sector, the private sector, and beneficiary communities.

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Community Outreach and Capacity Building for Infrastructure

  1. 1. Community Outreach & Capacity Building An Integrated Approach June 2012
  2. 2. Community Outreach & Capacity Building• IRD’s approach is community-based & integrated• COCB combines community engagement, risk mitigation & capacity building• The aim is to increase likelihood of success on high-risk infrastructure projects 2
  3. 3. The COCB Model: An Integrated Approach 3
  4. 4. Outreach & Engagement• Community Outreach: connecting to community leaders, building relationships• Community Mobilization: organizing leaders to share information & solve problems• Needs Assessments: identifying community needs, linking communities to programs• Information Dissemination: promoting awareness, providing information, tools & products• Conflict Mitigation: working with stakeholders to resolve issues 4
  5. 5. Engagement & Mobilization IRD engages the community before project commencement to •Identify community needs •Mobilize leaders & obtain agreements in support of the project •Hire & train local staff 5
  6. 6. Training & Development• Development programs based on needs assessments – Grant administration – Application assistance – Community cost share – Compliant disbursement of funds• Building stakeholder capacity in government, private sector & communities – Training programs – Employment opportunities – Mentoring and advising 6
  7. 7. Approach to Capacity BuildingGovernment & private-sector•Mentoring & on-the-job experience•Formal training programs for qualifiedfirms•Internship & mentor-protégé programs•Training in use of industry-standardsoftware 7
  8. 8. Development Grants Programs• Needs-based & high-impact• Procedures in place to ensure compliant disbursement of funds• Efficient monitoring procedures• Documentation of results 8
  9. 9. Illustrative Small-Grants ProjectsSmall Infrastructure•Rehabilitation of irrigation canals,schools, clinics & markets•Construction of potable water wellsAgriculture•Establishment of greenhouses &nurseries•Training in agricultural practices•Sapling distributionGender•Vocational training Literacy training for rural Afghan women•Small business support•Animal husbandry 9
  10. 10. Benefits of COCB• Reduction of overall project risk• Increased capacity in infrastructure sector• Increased community economic viability through needs-based development 10
  11. 11. ContactGretchen SouléRegional Manager, Infrastructuregsoule@ird-dc.org703-248-0161International Relief & Development1621 N Kent St., 4th FloorArlington, VA 22209 11

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