Knowledge doesn’t have an expiration date. Through direct training, demonstrations, and technical support, PanAfricare helps government agents, Community-Based Organizations, individuals, and broader communities to build their capacity in a wide range of sectors, with a well of fundamental skills that never runs dry.
Give someone a fish or teach someone to fish?
Development projects are only truly successful if project participants gain knowledge in the process. While goods depreciate, knowledge gets passed on and, in some cases, is further enriched, especially in this age of increasing innovation and interaction. PanAfricare strongly believes that to best invest in Africa’s future, it is important to invest in an African community’s skills to control their future.
PanAfricare prioritizes community capacity building which promotes the ‘capacity’ of local communities to develop, implement and sustain their solutions to problems in a way that helps them shape and exercise control over their physical, social, economic, and cultural environments. Capacity building fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment. From our mentorship approach to our substantial partnerships with local civil society Organizations, technical training institutes/ universities, and more, an implementation plan for all PanAfricare projects includes “knowledge transfer,” which is key for sustainability.
When put into practice, this is observed in activities such as when we partner with government agriculture extension workers to introduce new farming techniques on demonstration plots, training local masons to maintain newly constructed household latrines, training community health workers on tools and practices for awareness-raising on crucial health issues, and tracking and referring of sick community members, supporting local health officials in strengthening the capacity of their health workers for instance management of vaccination campaigns and equipping local institutions to deliver successful vocational training.
PanAfricare’s goal is to support communities in achieving self-reliance because then and only then can they achieve prosperity on their terms.