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Community Engagement and Development
Community engagement is increasingly acknowledged as a valuable process, not only for ensuring communities can participate in decisions that affect them and at a level that meets their expectations, but also to strengthen and enhance the relationship between communities and governments. Essentially the concept is about public participation that facilitates engaging people in decision making at a local level.
SHF takes the following strategies to enhance Levels of Engagement INFORM Inform – One way communication providing balanced and objective information to assist understanding about any challenge or project. CONSULT Consult – Two way communications designed to obtain public feedback about ideas on rationale, alternatives and proposals to inform decision making. INVOLVE Involve – Participatory process designed to help identify issues and views to ensure that concerns and aspirations are understood and considered prior to decision making and project implementation. COLLABORATE Collaborate – Working together to develop understanding of all issues and interests to work out alternatives and identify preferred solutions.