Building local inland organisations in Suriname / June - August 2008

On the 11th, 13th June and 21st August, Ahmad Vreden - development advisor for ICCO -, was trained in approaches and methods for capacity development.

Ahmad is guiding on behalf of ICCO local organisations that are working with the population in the inland forest areas of Suriname. One of his main tasks is to strengthen and build the capacities of two local organisations, STEPS and VGOV. Both organisations aim to improve the well being and wellfare of the inhabitants of the forest areas in Suriname. Another important task of Ahmad is to assist the local population in the process of starting an educational centre for unemployed and disadvantaged youth in Mungo. This centre will assist the local youth in improving their life- and social skills, so that they will be enabled to find employment. The centre will also provide opportunities to improve the entrepreneurial skils of youth to start their own business.

During this training Ahmad Vreden got acquainted with the approaches of capacity development. Based on this knowledge draft plans were created for the development 'Youth Education & Employment Centre', and draft capacity development plans were created for STEPS and VGOV. Extra attention was paid on how to create ownership and involvement of the local organisations on how to formulate and elaborate these plans. Some of the participatory techniques used were; 1) organisational profile, 2) life cycle & scan of organisations, 3) the organisational scan, 4) SWOT analysis and 5) strategy formulation and planning.

This training has widened my perspective on how to guide local organisations in setting priorities and build their capacities in strategic thinking, commented Ahmad at the end of the training. It was a very practical and useful course.


  1. Cool decvelopments Ahmad.
    As a educationalist en psychologist I am very interested in your work,


    Agnes de Lima-Heyns


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