Showing posts from December, 2010

Marry Christmas and Happy 2011!

We wish you a Marry Christmas and Happy 2011! The Youngsters from Ulmu village made a nice video message sharing their Christmas and New Year wishes: The Youngsters from Ulmu village, Moldova are participating in the Youth Development program 'Youth in the Center', which is facilitated by Procommunity Centre with support from Kontakt der Kontinenten , Proni Centre for Social Education and Hogeschool Windesheim .

Thinking through about a capacity development intervention!

Which activities to select on how to guide an organisation in its process of development? 1. Exchange, 2. facilitation, 3. coaching, 4. research, 5. training, 6. advise, 7. management or 8. implementation? Two Young Professionals from Togetthere met for a one-day training on the 21st December, 2010 to think through about their capacity development intervention. Both Young Professionals will be assisting for a period of 6 months local development organisations in Peru and Rwanda in the area of communication and micro-finance. Part of the training was to gain skills on how to plan for a capacity development intervention based on their job description and some basic principles of capacity development. The training was led by Simon Koolwijk , professional in the area of facilitation and capacity development . Some useful information and literature about these topics can be found at the ICCO CAD tookit site and the UNDP CD site . The training was a combination of theory, practicals in

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 fr

Formulating indicators at policy & strategic level; Project Cycle Management

The training was a mix of 'deepening understanding' about our strategic plan, teambuilding and receiving professional feedback on how to optimize our relations with our project partners. This training gave us new insights and tools on how to further develop our 4-year strategic plan. It was useful and practical! These were some of the comments from staff from Kom Over and Help after participating in the training Project Cycle Management & Partner Relations. KOEH is a development organisation supporting NGO's and churches who are assisting poor and disprivalaged families and children in Eastern Europe. The 3-day in-company course was conducted by Gerard Verbeek and Simon Koolwijk . The training was focused at reviewing the strategic plan, formulating key indicators at project, policy and strategic level and gaining tools for project visits to project partners. As most development organisations, KOEH is applying the Project Cycle Management approach for monitoring &