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VanLanka Sustainable Community Planning
Sustainable Community Planning is engaging inclusive communities in prioritizing their needs, assessing internal and external resources, as well as planning and implementing actions. Community resources assessment is the planning tool that we use in every community. It is a process that takes few months to a year or two. During this time we assess the community capacity, mainly the social and economic capability. Further, we mobilize the community to improve their organizational capability and management efficiency to build the social capital as well as their economic capital. This process needs the dedication of a civil society organization to contribute their commitment on a long term basis. Formal and informal education is the main strategy we use in this process. Our primary target community groups are children, women, youth as well as seniors.

 "Strength of social and human capital will condition the community sustainability"

Community Resources Assessment (CRA)
Community Resources Assessment (CRA) is a planning process of five steps. However, there is not an orderly sequence to begin with or to end. It is a continuing process, the time period taken is depended upon the stage of the community is currently stands, as well as the accessibility and capacity of the partners to be connected with the community.

Step 1 – Building connection, relationship and trust
Planning a team requires establishing a personal relationship with the community to understand the community’s dynamics and situations. During this phase, the team is able to recon the existing power structure (internal strengths and weaknesses), their external challenges and opportunities. The planning team will also implement quick community actions as community organizational strategies in order to identify their capability and gaps. Support for children’s education, youth entertainments and women’s exchanges and study tours are among such sort term actions. This may help the team build the community’s trust and friendship as well community empowerment. 

Step2 – Socio- Economic survey and data analysis
This is the second step where the planning team, along with community leaders, collects numerical dates to prove the observatory remarks and present generalized numbers about the community to the planning agencies. A survey will be done by visiting each home in the community. The team will also visit houses to meet people at their doorstep and discourse to identify hidden information. During the survey, the team will identify case samples (negative as well as positive) for detailed investigations. Survey data will be tabulated and analyzed for future documentations/planning medium action projects.
Step 3 – Case analyses
Case analyses are detailed investigations of selected cases where the team identifies the cases during surveys and later evaluates and documents in detail. These cases include stories about individuals, events, and organizations with their negative and positive reactions to challenges. Observer’s recommendations will also be added to each case and then be compiled to documentation and brainstormed for recommendations.
Step 4 – Resources assessment
Resource assessments will identify community capitals to include the level of education, skills and unskilled labor, physical infrastructure, lands, housing, family relationships, traditional values, religious and cultural asserts and festivals, management skills, access to banks and markets, access to government/NGO and available community based organizations and savings, and cash. This will be done through further dialogues with community leaders, community resource people; community based organizations as well as local level service providers. This level of process will have all the required information.
Step 5: Long-term Implementation plan
The final plan will consist of detail feasibility study and the strategic plan with target time frame and funding mechanism. Process will involve policy makers and implantation organizations. At this stage, the planning team should have powerful community groups as well as stronger voices among them to speak on behalf on them
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