Learning Community Development

RULIP- Learning Community Development Project

Live & Learn is supporting the RULIP, through a sub-contract titled Learning Community, by developing a learning model that improves community engagement in the RULIP process under the management of MAFF/PSU and UNDP. The Project is enabling communities to better absorb development assistance from RULIP. Live & Learn provides a process where (i) communities identifies their needs, strengths and aspirations (ii) build capacity for dialogue and participation (iii) provide grassroots level input into policy analysis work of MAFF and wider policy development on poverty reduction and (iv) the activities align with the National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA). A series of resources including flipcharts, training manuals and visual materials are being developed to enhance community awareness and understanding of investment projects and how to participate. A key outcome of the Project is the increased community confidence and resilience that have been enhanced by the many activities, most notably (or including) improvements in community communication and dialogue skills.

The Learning Community Development Project aims to improve the livelihoods of poor rural communities. Live & Learn has developed a Learning Community model, which as a priority increases dialogue at a community level. To support the implementation of this project, orientation workshops have been organised in Ratanakiri, Preah Vihear and Kratie provinces to introduce Learning Community materials and tools to provincial and district project stakeholders. To date,  40 flipcharts, 953 booklets on the concept, 218 booklets on skills, 44 booklets with learning session plans, and other tools have been distributed. Provincial NGO partners have played a key role in coordinating and facilitating the implementation of Learning Community activities in the six target communes in the targeted provinces. Through education, it is envisaged that the communities will improve their livelihood systems, food security and incomes.