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These guides are designed for use in small group situations where one or more people are literate and confident enough to lead others in group discussion. They aim to provide material for discussion around a subject either in isolation or as part of a regular group meeting; for example of farmers, literacy trainees or Mothers Union members.

Facilitators use games to help people get to know each other (‘icebreakers’), increase their energy or enthusiasm levels (‘energisers’), encourage team building, or make people think about a specific issue.

Discussion-based learning using PILLARS Guides should ideally be facilitated by a group member who is confident about sharing new ideas with others and sensitive enough to listen and draw out the views of all group members. This person should be committed to helping the group achieve its aims more effectively by learning together.

This PILLARS guide takes the basis of the community mobilization process and shares it in a way that will help a well-organised and motivated group to use the process without outside help. It would be helpful to churches keen to support their communities or to any small groups or NGO seeking to bring changes that benefit local people.

The intended audience for this Toolkit is practitioners, program managers and health, conservation and development professionals interested in projects and policies that integrate community development activities with a focus on environment and health interventions.

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