Journal Article

Building capable communities: experiences in a rural Fijian context

Glenn Laverack

in Health Promotion International

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 99-106
Published in print June 2003 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online June 2003 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/18.2.99
Building capable communities: experiences in a rural Fijian context

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This paper discusses the design of a methodology for ‘building capable communities’ in a health promotion programme context. The design of the methodology builds upon previous work and offers a new approach, through the use of nine ‘operational domains’, for the assessment and strategic planning of community empowerment. The purpose is to go beyond the rhetoric of participation and empowerment, and to provide a better understanding of how community empowerment goals can be made to be operational in a health promotion programme context. The experiences of implementing the methodology in two rural Fijian communities are discussed briefly. The common themes for the successful application of the methodology have been identified. The paper will be of interest to the planners and evaluators of health promotion programmes that aim to build community capacity and promote empowerment.

Keywords: community empowerment; Fiji; health promotion

Journal Article.  4624 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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