Community Action Plans

What are community action plans (CAPs)?

A CAP is a plan that includes a series of activities formulated and implemented in collaboration with other similarly impacted individuals with the end of improving their lives and the lives of their community members.

Who is involved in creating a CAP?

CAPS are constructed and executed by community members – the protagonists in the collaborative process. Through the development of a CAP, its participants and beneficiaries promote the understanding, implementation, and adaptation of a series of activities to meet a concrete need or objective set out by those who are impacted. Community members set out objectives during the CAP that directly relate to the challenges and abilities identified by community members and in relationship with their life goals and objectives.

How are CAPs implemented?

The goals and objectives of the target community members are not only identified but also implemented by its members. As a starting point in the CAP planning, participants should first identify the goals, challenges, needs, resources and abilities of their working group. With this information, the community members can then begin to develop concrete proposals to reach their goals and objectives towards a better future.

What is an organization’s role in developing CAPs?

  • Facilitate a forum or space to motivate discussions to develop CAPs
  • Promote an inclusion of community members, both refugee and local, if desired to mobilize and organize people to develop and mobilize an action plan
  • Facilitate the a collective understanding of the action plan by creating spaces for dialogue and reflection
  • Identify what resources, abilities, and capacity exists within community members to successfully implement the CAP
  • Provide training and capacity building where identified by the participants

Four principle rules for involvement in CAPs

  1. AA assumes a facilitator role through support and accompaniment, while promoting leadership by members local and refugee communities
  2. CAP is formulated based on the requests and needs of the participants, without predeterminations of their situation, and with the goal to motivate and promoted participation
  3. We are responsible to support in the development of capacity, know-how, organization, and/or self-management of participants throughout the CAP process.
  4. Be flexible to the community’s self-identified process and avoid pushing an agenda that is not theirs.