What have we learned in this module?
We hope you have learned that we have to design our projects with the people we hope to help in mind. They need to be part of the project design and the project must work for them.
This is a picture of a project cycle that tells us we must identify what the problem is before we begin to design a project. This means working with the community to talk about climate change and what they need to do to continue to farm and feed their family and earn money. We can use the tools we described in this module to really learn about who does what and how they can be involved, but also to understand why they may not want to or don’t think that they can change what they do.
This project cycle tells us that we need to think and ask questions and make sure that what we understand about the community is true and that we need to see if what we had hoped to change can be changed. If not, maybe we need to ask more questions and involve more community members in helping make the project work for them.
But then we need to see how things are working. Maybe we didn’t think of everything. Maybe Awa doesn’t like the beans we decided to grow because they take a lot longer to cook and get a lower price in the market. Maybe the trees we planted aren’t good for fuelwood or take too long to grow. This means we need to make sure we ask the right questions to find out if our project is working for the community and for men and women.
And then we need to learn from our mistakes or from what we didn’t think about before. Now we can make the project better.