Saturday, December 11, 2010

Developing capactities of local organisations

'Build informal contacts', 'build good contacts with your supervisor', 'organise a cultural exchange party to build cultural understanding', 'conduct a participatory meeting with your colleagues guided by an external facilitator', 'consult a coach or a local mentor', 'plan monitoring and evaluation moments with your supervisor', and 'get clear about the conditions which your partner organisation can fullfill to make your capacity development intervention to a success'. These were some of the recommendations which were shared on how to tackle dilemma's and build ownership during a capacity development intervention.
Dilemma's and how to create ownership in organisational development was one of the sessions during the training Project Cycle Management & Capacity Development of organisations which was held and organised by the Hendrik Kraemer Institute. The training was attended by Development professionals from World Servants, Mensen met een Missie and Togetthere - ICCO. The 3-day training conducted by Simon Koolwijk delt with the principles of Project Cycle Management, Organisational Analysis and capacity development. A compilation of literature can be found at the ICCO-cad toolkit website.
Participants presented their cases from Ukraine, South-Africa and Guatemala on where they are planning for a capacity development intervention. Applying the theoretical principles and practising with tools in organisational development, it helped the participants to get their plan of action clear on how they will assist their partner organisations. The barefoot guide and the blog 'Everything you always wanted to know about capacity development' provide deeper insight on what is involved in capacity development.'The training was a good combination of theory and practise. There was a balance between our experiences and this from the trainer' commented the participants at the end of the course. 'It was an eye-opener on how to work with our partner organisations.'

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