Monday, October 19, 2009

Facilitation - 13th & 14th October 2009

"The training had a good balance of theory and practise! The case studies about resistance generated a high dynamic of energy. Facilitation is not easy. However, I am very much motivated to apply the methods in my work."During a two-day training in facilitation staff from ICCO and Theatre Embassy got acquainted with theories, methods and practical case studies in facilitation. During the first day much time was used for learning facilitation methods. Most of the methods are based on the Technology of Participation methods, which have been developed in social community work in the USA. On the second day participants practised with the brainstorm workshop, the basic conversation method and an intervision tool (hot/ cold questions). In the afternoon cases were practised on how to deal with resistance. Role plays were rehearsed were the facilitator got into a situation, where the expectations from the participants were totally different from the program outline presented. "Facilitation is a challenging job", commented one of the participants afterwards. "But is has gained me deeper insight in the different group dynamics and expectations."
The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk. He is certified professional facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Capacity development 5, 7, 9th October 2009

Very useful. Logical. The cases and dilemma's in capacity development were very interesting! The training was complete. It has a head, body and feet! These were some of the comments from the participants in the training capacity development, which was organized by the Hendrik Kraemer Institute in Utrecht.
Capacity development advisors from the Theatre Embassy, ICCO and Mensen met een Missie participated in this training. Within a couple of months they will be working for local organisations in e.a. India, Kenya, Indonesia and Honduras to strengthen their capacities for improved service delivery.
The training was focused on learning and gaining skills in project cycle management, logical framework, tools for organisational development, basics and theory in capacity development and linking the theory with the actual job description. Special attention was paid to dilemma's and pitholes in the process of strengthening local organisations. It provided insight that assisting a local organisation is a challenging but also interesting job!