Saturday, February 10, 2007

Unsettling times for Civil Society Capacity Building

Hi Everybody,

This week I was very much involved in conducted skype conference meetings with ICCO advisors working in Africa and Latin-America who assist local partner organisations in strengthening their capacities to do service delivery.

Some issues which came up were: " How to deal with the high dropout rates of capable staff within NGO's and CBO's when they leave for another organisation?", " How to deal with a dominant director?" "How to deal with the lecture way of teaching of local consultants?" Through interactive exchange by our skype teleconference conversations we came to some new insights. One of the advisors brought up her questions into a D-group (a listserver group), where she asked for some feedback and response from other advisors to get more enlightment and different perspectives.

For all the issues where my colleagues and myself are dealing with, I would like to refer to two papers written by Rick James from Intrac. :

1. Unsettling times for Civil Society Capacity Building - John Haily & Rick James http://www.intrac.org/docs.php?id=2535 From research done by Intrac it shows that there are similarities over different countries in dealing with capacity development of organisations. Especially the contextual, external factors play an important role in accomplishing visible results with a CB intervention.

2. ‘Leaders Changing Inside Out’ - Rick James. This paper describes on how to deal with dominant leaders in an organisation. This paper provide us new insights on his analysis and tips on leadership change and organizational development. http://www.intrac.org/resources_database.php?id=60

Regards and in case you have some comments to add, please feel free to contact me.

Simon
e-mail. faccom@xs4all.nl

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