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Facilitation, HCR and SALT

Diagram showing the relationships between SALT practice, local response, facilitation by organisations, policy formation and community-to-community transfer

Local communities worldwide can change themselves and address their own critical issues.

The best role for us is to engage in the practice of 'Human Capacity Development for Response' (HCR).

Through HCR communities become better at caring, making decisions, taking action together and preventing issues. By being more capable they can respond better to any critical issue - both now and later.

As outsiders we best avoid the traditional alternatives - those of intervening or 'providing'.

The HCR activity

As represented in the diagram HCR involves five elements, each of which is essential:

The paradigm of HCR is that it's not just about 'them' ... it is all of us.

The core element is the practice of 'SALT' - the ways of which are well described in the SALT protocol. SALT practice is a collection of approaches dispositions, skills, methods and tools. It's the oil or the glue - it links the other elements together.

Central to SALT is facilitation - and particularly facilitation by teams.

Evidence that it works

We now have abundant evidence that HCR works - and our view is supported by the testimony of local communities worldwide. See GLoCon.

The catch

Yup - sorry - there's also a catch. It's ... we. When we believe that it's we who have the answers and the resources then we're not helping. When it's more comfortable to see 'them and us' then we're reinforcing the problem.

Instead, through allowing ourselves to change and to come alongside others, we shift from being part of the problem to part of the solution.

A good way of doing that is to practise the HCR principles - and perhaps even to affiliate with AFFIRM.


Over the years our work has resulted in various resources, which we make available below.


Process notes:

Lessons learnt and stories of response:

Other resources:

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