Behaviour Change

Behaviour ChangeWithin each field, governments and development agencies tackle problems with a variety of strategies. Governments can use all kinds of powerful interventions such as international politics or targeted taxation. At the grassroots level, a powerful tool is 'Behaviour Change'.

On this website we concentrate on Behaviour Change rather than rather than linking it to Knowledge/Information and Attitude Change.

The health field has talked about:

  • KAP – Knowledge, Attitude, Practice
  • IEC – Information, Education and Communication
  • BCC – Behaviour Change Communication

And of course, for an individual or community to achieve behaviour change they will need to acquire better information and different attitudes.

But in the end it is only if behaviour change takes place that a process has any success. Think of HIV/AIDS: what knowledge and attitudes are necessary for an individual to remain sexually safe? But will the individual stay safe if he knows the risks, hates the risks… and still acts risky?

Changing Damaging Behaviour

1. Alcoholism 2. Domestic Violence 3. Drug Abuse 4. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 5. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Most communities have at least one pattern of behaviour that damages those involved – the individual, the partner or the family unit. Changing such behaviour is not easy, but it is worth attempting if the problem is severe.

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Behaviour Change: Library Manuals


The following relevant books are available for download from this site:

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Behaviour Change: General Resources


As well as our own library resources, here are links to materials on other sites that provide further info:

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Our NGO SKILLS section gives some essential information and recommended links to more

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