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E-Conference!? Technology for the good!

Before the E-Conference I thought that technology was used more for the bad, than for the good. This event learned me that you can use modern technology for the good! I learned a lot about the field experiences from others and how to deal with the different strategies. I learned especially from the cases in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo and on how to apply International Humanitarian Law. We came to know each other, shared our learning experiences and learned how our colleagues deal with challenges. These were some of the comments from Humanitarian Aid workers of the ACT Alliance network who participated in an E-Conference on Humanitarian Assistance & International Law. See video:



Humanitarian Assistance and International Law
On the 25th May 2010 members from the ACT Alliance had a kick-off with the seminar Humanitarian Assistance & International Law (HAIL). This 2-week seminar will deal about the four principles of HAIL; 1. Humanity, 2. Neutrality, 3. Impartiality and…

Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau - 21st May 2010

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"It is a big honor to receive a reward of the community for all the work I have been doing the last 21st years on development".


On the 21st May 2010 Simon Koolwijk received the Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau (Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau) from the Alderman of Hengelo, Janneke Olde-Allink in the library of Hengelo. Simon was proposed by members from Stichting Kapiniand Stichting Pearl of Africa. Both foundations support Kawempe Youth Centre in Kampala, Uganda which is a community based project in Kawampe subdivision to build literacy under youth. Simon was the last 10 years board member and chairman / treasurer for 10 years with Stichting Kapini.
Since 1989 Simon was involved in development work where he worked as Board member, organizer, co-ordinator with Stichting Vrijwillige International Actie (service civil international), Institute of Cultural Affairs - Kenya, Institute of Cultural Affairs International, Institute of Cultural Affairs - Netherlands, Genootsch…

Digital video as a tool for learning!

From 14 to 23 April 2010 a delegation composed of 20 people from Moldova attended The Netherlands to learn more about community youth development work in the Netherlands. The delegation included youth leaders, representatives of youth centers, NGOs, the Ministry of Youth and Education, Moldova State University and the partner organization Procommunity Centre. The study visit was part of the project "Youth in the Center" (funded by Matra) which aims to strengthen community youth development work in Moldova. The project is a partnership between Kontakt der Kontinenten, Proni Centre for Social Education, Procommunity Centre and the University of Social Work, Hogeschool Windesheim.

During the study tour community youth development projects were visited in Wageningen / Renkum, Friesland, Deventer and Zwolle. To maximize the learning effect and stimulate cooperation amongst the delegation members the group got an assignment to design a newspaper and video. Based on interests, the …

Thinking through about a capacity development intervention!

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"The step-by-step approach helped me to think through how to prepare and be prepared to do my capacity development intervention. The training was logical and personal." This was the comment of one of the capacity development advisors who will be working on communication for a Democratisation and Peace building network in Central America.

The advisor is one of the young professionals from Togetthere and ICCO, who participated in the training capacity development on the 7th May 2010 which was organised by the Hendrik Kreamer Institute in Utrecht. Discussing theoretical principles and how to build up a joint capacity development intervention plan were parts of the course. Human resource development (HRD), Organisational development (OD) and Institutional development (ID) are the parts and levels on which an organisation can be analysed and strengthened. Besides the technical component, the human components plays an important role in having a dynamic and flourishing organisation…

New ideas on how to do facilitation!

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"I gained new ideas on how to do facilitation, I learned a lot, both on skills and methods. The training had a good balance of theory and practise. The course had a good flow and we worked in a safe and relaxed atmosphere."
These were some of the comments of 6 staff from ICCOenKerkinActie who participated on 28-29 april 2010 in the training facilitation methods. In two days participants got acquainted with the basic principles of facilitation, learned new methods and gained practical experience. The training had a same design as the public training on facilitation in Nijmegen, 26 - 27 april.

The training provided space for new creative ways of facilitation. Two participants were inspired by the book "Creativiteit Hoe? zo! from Igor Bytebier". They facilitated an associative workshop on the competencies of an effective facilitator. For most the 2-days training was too short. "I would have liked more. The training was inspiring! I discovered, I would like to go…