Community Conversations

Brief Description of Community Change Process

The Programme is being implemented intensively in four Kebeles in each Woreda and extensively in other Kebeles. It addresses the underlying causes of early marriage by engaging the community as whole and key institutions in a structured dialogue at community level, to bring about attitudinal and behavioural change as well as identifying is-sues that hinder women and girls’ safety and equality at household, community and institutional levels. In the intensive Kebeles the Programme will support monthly Community Conversations, and Community Facilitators’ Meeting, while ongoing initiatives will be encouraged by facilitators. In the expansion areas the Programme will engage and train organisations that already have constituencies such as Women’s Development Group, Most Influential Community Members and Religious Institutions.

Key Actors in the Community Conversation

  • Adult community members (parents, elders, religious leaders, opinion makers) who are the duty bearers
  • Governmental agencies, the HTP committees, CBOs, Formal and informal institutions

Main activities undertaken to date

  • Community Change Process Manual for Core Trainers prepared
  • Community Change Process Guideline for Community Facilitators prepared
  • Knowledge Material on HTPs, Child Marriage, Gender and facilitation skills
  • 118 Core Trainers trained from several sectors (Education, Police, Justice, WCA, Religious Institutions, Culture & Tourism, AWA, Woreda and Kebele Administration)
  • 800 Community Facilitators trained in eight Woredas and 32 Kebeles
  • Refresher training to 105 Core Trainers conducted
  • A total of 218 Community Change Groups, with 70 members each are formed in East Gojam and West Go-jam selected from formal and informal institutions with the mandate to discuss and influence the institutions they represent, change the by-laws and actively campaign in their own community
  • The actual Community Conversations are being conducted: 196 Community Conversation discussions have been conducted in both Zones involving 5504 people
  • The Region and the Zones agreed on the strategy for the expansion Kebeles.


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