Community Development methods for Local Agenda 21 in Belarus
On the 7th and 8th June, 2007 I facilitated a workshop in community development methods at the IBB - Conference in Minsk - Belarus. IBB is a German organisation which has developped partnerships with local organisations and UNDP in promoting Local Agenda 21 in Belarus. ECEAT is one of the partners of IBB and is involved in promoting sustainable tourism in the North of Belarus. I demonstrated a number of workshops to make the participants, most NGO and government representatives, acquainted with participative methods. I also conducted a conflict management workshop, where participants expressed that the conflict strategies of Avoidance and Acceptance are the most common. "Strategies of competing and win-win will not work for Belarus", expressed the participants. The strategy of making " Compromises" might be the way forward on how to strenghten partnerships in Belarus.