Deirdre Jafferally


Self Help

For Community Development

January 4, 2015
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Local communities practice self help as a way of achieving goals that benefit the community as a whole. Self help activities not only boost community development but also enhances community’s sense of self and cohesion. These activities are a way for the community to come together and solve their problems collectively. Self help also provides the opportunity to build community capacity and empower members. During these activities community members have the opportunity to make decisions, plan and execute their plans. Self help is, however, not only practiced at the community level but also at the individual level as a means of helping family and neighbours. This helps to make daily activities easier to handle e.g, preparing a new farm.

In this post the community of Kwamalasamutu shows how they used self help to repair a bridge that connects the different sections of the village.

Portuguese and Spanish editions of the video can be found at



QUICK DOWNLOAD: Check out the English version of the COBRA Handbook for Practitioners.