Resource Spotlight: Guidelines for Practitioners of Community-Based Worker Systems

Guidelines for CBW Khanya African Institute for Community-Driven Development
Guidelines for CBW: Khanya-AICDD

Building on and scaling-up community-based worker systems of service delivery is likely to have a greater impact on poverty than continuing to focus exclusively on an expensive professional-based system, with staff who are often remote and unable to access and reach local communities. But any alternative decentralized system must be cost-effective and sustainable, and able to reach into remote rural communities. Community-based service delivery represents an opportunity to actively engage the community in meeting their own, locally specified needs and demands, and in ensuring the accountability of delivery agents. Such improved models and methods represent a significant challenge to many stakeholders involved in service delivery.

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist practitioners and implementing partners to run CBW systems more effectively, maximizing impacts for clients of the service, empowering communities, empowering the CBWs themselves, and assisting governments to ensure that services are provided at scale to enhance livelihoods. The guidelines focus on how to run the CBW system rather than technicalities around HIV/AIDS or natural resources issues. [from introduction]

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