Community Development Training Courses

Farm Committee Training

Community Development

• Overview of poverty in SA and specifically in area of residence.
• Identification of development projects.
• Identify needs of community
• Viability of projects
• Sourcing of additional funding
• Implementation

Project Planning (Including: Scheduling & Organising)

  • Vision (Path out of poverty)
  • Types of plans
  • Elements of planning
  • Planning tips
  • SWOT-analysis

Goal Setting & Reaching of Goals

  • What are goals?
  • Types of goals
  • Feedback
  • Acknowledgements
  • SMART Goals

Committee Training

  • Purpose
  • Compile Constitution/ Code of Conduct
  • Roles/Responsibilities
    • Chair person
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer

Decision Making

• Definition
• Process
• Difference between cause and symptom
• Types of problems


  • Planning for meetings
  • Agenda
  • Minutes
  • Meeting schedule
  • Time Management
  • Record keeping

Leadership & Management

  • Definition
  • Difference between leaders and managers
  • Leadership styles
  • Skills of:
    • Leaders
    • Managers


  • Definition
  • Motivation theories
    • Maslow
    • Herzberg
  • Performance management


  • Definition
  • Process
  • Filters
  • Listening skills
  • Non-verbal communication


  • Types of diversity (as indicated in Constitution)
  • Diversity blockages

Conflict Resolution

• Definition
• Types of conflict
• Conflict handling styles
• Tips for the resolution of conflict
• How to defuse conflict situations
• Reaching of consensus (Negotiation)

Negotiation/Community Participation

•  How to reach consensus through negotiation

Farm Committee Training: Refresher

Personal Assessment

• Overview of poverty in SA and specifically in area of residence.
• Identification of development projects.
• Identify needs of community
• Viability of projects
• Sourcing of additional funding
• Implementation

Review of Community Development Projects

  • SWOT analysis
  • Identify the need for a project
  • Choose a project
  • Identify a Project Leader
  • Assign tasks to project team
  • Plan the actual project according to time schedules, roll players, costs and money needed
  • Implementation of a project
  • Manage the project
  • Evaluate the project with focus on planning-, implementing- and evaluation phases.
  • Closure procedures of project
  • Examples of community projects

Leadership of a Team

  • Leadership a necessity on every level of a person’s life:- personal, relationships, groups & teams, organizations & communities.
  • Seven steps to take when leading your team:
  • Purpose – why are we doing this?
  • Values and behaviors – how will the team members treat each other?
  • Is there a shared vision? – Where is there?
  • The strategy – how will we make the project happen?
  • Roles and responsibilities – Which does what in the team?
  • Processes – How will the team work together?
  • Support and development – How do we grow each other?
  • Practical, brainstorming and role play sessions
  • Community participation in community projects:
  • What is community participation?
  • Taking ownership of projects
  • Information about and knowledge of projects
  • Determination of community’s skills, experience and ability to make a contribution to identified projects
  • Blockages that can potentially harm community projects
  • Review on the steps to be taken when developing a community project. (Practical session)-Completion of farm profile
  • Completion of community profile
  • Completion of community members’ skills and knowledge profile

Funding a Community Development Project

• What is a “financial” poverty mindset?
• What is good and bad financial management?
• What are your dreams (financially)?
• We can do more together than on our own. How can we help each other to become better off financially?
• Saving for life – understanding sound personal saving methods, teach us to implement sound saving methods in community projects
• Setting financial goals
• Personal budgeting
• Project budgeting
• Practical session: compiling of a personal budget
• Funding strategies – how to convince potential funders of need to fund, how not to waste funds allocated
• Fund raising methods
• Explain funding formula – A.I.D.A.
• Practical session: compiling of community development project budget
• Evaluation/assessment of budgets

Implement and Lead a Community Development Project

How to lead a Project. Combine knowledge to implement a community development project in practice by using the following steps:

• What is the why? – a passionate purpose for your project
• Where is here? – Start with the current realities (what resources do we already have in hand?)
• Where is there? – What is our shared vision for our project?
• What will I focus on? – Focus on the key areas
• Who are my partners? – Build relationships with people who can help achieving our goals
• What are the steps from here to there? – Do a step by step plan for every day of the project
• Keep a tight grip on the project’s finances.
• How to keep time – Time management
• Manage conflict
• Role plays and brainstorming sessions
• Practical: Compile final joint social Community Development Project
• Final evaluation of project
• Reporting back
• Completion of “tick” list for social community development projects’ activities.

Capacity Building


• Project planning
• Defining typical projects
• Criteria to which a project must comply with in order to be successful
• The different phases of a typical project
• Leadership qualities
• Communication
• Time Management
• Interpersonal skills


  • Different levels of authoritative institutions
  • Procedures during the foundation of a society or organisation
  • Meeting procedures
  • Compiling of a constitution
  • Compiling a logistic framework, work programme and prioritised activities
  • Compiling a business plan for funding purposes


  • Handling of correspondence regarding official matters
  • Writing of memo’s official letters, fax’s, reports, formal reports, memorandums and submissions
  • Basic office administration and filing
  • Telephone etiquette and techniques


  • How to open a bank account
  • How to use a bank cash card
  • How to apply for a loan
  • Basic bookkeeping
  • Budgeting
  • Calculating cost
  • Determining needs
  • Types of capital sources
  • Calculating cost
  • Interest
  • Documentation used in a business
  • Credit facilities


  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Leadership
  • Control

Farm Together Cooperative Training

Module1: Getting Started

• Introducing Farm together
• Introducing the Simulation to the Participants
• Simulation 1 (SIM) Round 1: Planning a Farm
• Simulation 1 (SIM) Round 2: Dealing with limited resources
• Meet the Farm together Characters
• Introduction to Farm together Check up
• How well are we doing?
• The Check Up Chart
• Record Keeping: Cash Record
• Simulation 2: Managing Money Wisely
• Agreements Dilemma 1: Why Cooperate?
• Our Co-op Values: Why we are in a cooperative.
• Our Co-op Agreements
• Agreements Dilemma 2: Dealing with Conflict
• Farm Check up: Our Farm – Work card 1
• Planning a Wedding: The washing line Planning Methodology
• Our Farm Action plan
• Simulation 3: Running a farm for four seasons
• Working out yield per area: Group Discussion
• Simulation 3: Running A Farm For Four More Seasons
• Farm Check up: Resources – Work card 2
• Home Tasks
• Appendix Module 1: Related unit standards, specific outcomes and assessment criteria

Module 2: Setting Direction

• Community market size exercise
• Simulation 4: Dealing with changes in market prices
• Agreements Dilemma 3: Office bearers
• Farm Check-up Work card 3: Markets
• Write your own Contract
• How to evaluate a Market
• Simulation 5: Dealing with changes in market demand
• Agreements Dilemma 4: Decision making
• Home tasks
• Appendix Module 2: Related unit standards, specific outcomes and assessment criteria

Module 3: Making it Work

  • Agreements Dilemma 5: Setting Goals
  • Simulation 6: Dealing with Market Contracts
  • Working out the change in the value of assets
  • Farm Check up: Skills – Work card 4
  • Division of Labour: Who does what?
  • Agreements Dilemma 6: Joining
  • Agreements Dilemma 7: Meetings
  • Farm Check up: Management Systems – Work card 5
  • Agreements Dilemma 8: Dividing Money
  • Home tasks
  • Appendix Module 3: Related unit standards, specific outcomes and assessment criteria

Module 4: Making it Sustainable

  • Simulation 7: Investing in our Farm business
  • Checking the value of our simulation assets
  • Agreements Dilemma 9: Leaving
  • Farm Check Up: Externals Work card 6
  • Simulation 8: Dealing With the Unexpected
  • Basic Budgets
  • Agreement dilemma 10: Records
  • Farmtogether review
  • Record keeping review

Module 5: Making it Strong

  • Simulation 9: Planning our own farm production
  • Simulation 9: Planning our own farm production Year 2
  • Putting it all together: Financial statements
  • Adding Value and Product promotion
  • Agreements Dilemma 11: Accountability
  • Farm check up Work card 7: Support
  • Review of Farm check up Work cards 1- 6
  • Agreements Dilemma 12: Changing rules
  • Talking about Cooperatives: Dept. of Trade and Industry Regulations for Cooperatives selected texts
  • Role play: Cooperating with other Cooperative
  • Farm Check up Work card 8: Our Farm together Vision
  • Our Farm together Action plan
  • Home tasks
  • Appendix Module 5: Related unit standards, specific outcomes and assessment criteria

Module 6: Making it Ours

  • Checking our agreements
  • How well are we doing: Farm check up Chart 2
  • Building a business plan: Managing income and expenditure
  • Building a budget: Group budgeting exercise
  • Understanding Financial statements
  • Preparing Our Farm Business plans
  • Group presentation
  • Appendix Module 6: Dept. of trade and industry Regulations for Cooperatives and web addresses