Friday, April 10, 2009

Facilitation Methods - 8th April 2009

"Ownership starts when people can write down their own ideas!", "People feel appreciated when they feel they are being listened to!", "I learned a number of new tools!", "Facilitation is not easy, but really necessary to get groups going!". These were some of the comments of three development advisors for the development organisation ICCO.
Facilitation is one of the big needs in strengthening capacities of local NGO's, which are supported by ICCO. Building strong coalitions of NGO supporting each other in the areas of 1. Basic Services, 2. Market & Economic development, 3. Peace & Democracy Building are other areas, where facilitation is needed.

During the one day course on the 8th April 2009 Simon Koolwijk demonstrated three methods of facilitation; 1. Brainstorming, 2. Focus group discussions, 3. Caroussel. These basic methods provide an understanding on how facilitation works. In the afternoon of the training the participants practised and received feedback on their practicals. "It proved to be a useful and interesting training", commented the participants.

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