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A distinguishing feature of CRY’s role as a ‘support’ organization has been its emphasis on providing not only financial but also non financial support to its project partners. A major component of the non financial support extended to partners is in the form of capacity building (CB) / training. Since its inception in 1979, CRY has been organizing and undertaking training and capacity building initiatives for its partners. Over time CRY’s own approaches and strategies have evolved and consequently, training and CB initiatives have undergone modifications in terms of the content and manner of delivery. From subjects like ‘better teaching learning methodology’ to topics like ‘Immediate root causes of larger issues” and its impact on child rights, CRY has evolved in response to the changing times and needs. It follows a participatory approach through group work and facilitation.
The training and CB initiatives of CRY have never been perceived as a one way transfer of knowledge and skills. These forums have always been regarded as platforms where multiple ways of learning and exchange enrich both CRY as well as its partners. They continue to serve as platforms for inter-partner exchange of learning. The experiences and learnings, drawn from earlier years of organizing capacity building program for partners, have revealed certain positive elements that have helped streamline and systematize further the process of organizing and conducting the training initiatives.
It is crucial as it enables CRY Project Partners to understand, assess and then seek ways to address the knowledge, skill, information gaps existing in the partner’s network. It also is vital to add new information and also provides a platform to clear doubts on issues on child rights and linked human rights issues and approaches through which our partners carry out work for communities. The issues on which CRY is reaching out to the children in the marginalized communities are varied and represent a complex web of issues linked to denial of rights of children. It becomes imperative to correctly identify the issues and gaps on which the Capacity Building (CB) would have to be planned for the particular year. CRY’s interventions with partners come in handy in this situation.
- The process of assessing partner training needs has become more scientific and ongoing. Through the PME parameters and categorization initiatives, the real needs can be identified.
- Detailed planning exercises are undertaken before every training program; the training schedule is prepared stating the objectives, content and expected impact of the same and also the follow-up mechanism that needs to be undertaken. What is noteworthy in this respect is the active participation of all Development Support (project management) team members.
- The schedule along with the session plans are shared with the project partners much before the workshop so that they can come up with suggestions or modification of the design.
- Facilitation styles for these workshops aim to ensure participation of all - thus rely mostly on group work and presentations. All the training programs are interactive.
- Feedback (written and verbal) is often taken from participants, this is analyzed and steps towards next training programs are devised. However, this area needs improvement in the coming year.
- A mechanism also needs to be institutionalized to assess the impact of such non financial support in the field.
There is still a need of constant upgrading of knowledge, attitude and skill for better thinking and action. There is also a need to look into the overall objectives of the Development Support (DS) function of CRY and the regional priorities vis a vis the specific needs of the supported initiatives in partnering these efforts. To meet the DS objectives, capacity building inputs as an integral part of non-financial support are provided on an ongoing basis. If it is need based, it acts as a medium which gives a fill up to the entire partnership process. Since CRY is a support organization and not merely a funding organization, it is considered that capacity development invites us to review our relationship with the partners. In other words it means that capacity development does not take place by merely funding projects and providing expertise to problems. Instead, it implies the development of comprehensive, long-term and partner-specific strategies. It requires participatory approaches to program design and implementation, local ownership, decentralized management, flexible instruments, procedures & methodology, viable performance and evaluation criteria, and specialized skills. Thus capacity building is a multi-dimensional concept. It goes beyond training, education and organizational strengthening.
The process of capacity building has also evolved with the monitoring and evaluation processes across all regions. In the last few years it has made a gradual shift from ad-hoc planning to that of strategic need based planning, keeping in mind the purview of child rights. Therefore, capacity building is seen as an essential and important part of the support extended by CRY to its partners.
2011 Review & 2012 Plan
- Discussions on CRY Vision, Mission and Values (VMV) as well as Child Rights centricity and indicators (finalized recently).
- Discussions on prominent child rights issues and the underlying root causes for such violations – this led to a common understanding on these across all partners of the concerned state.
- Exploring the areas of learning, approaches, collective action and processes and coming out with the collective outcomes on child right issues.
- Relooking at the decisions and recommendations adopted during previous partners’ meets to find out areas of achievements, struggles, gaps and improvement in approaches.
- Consolidating the processes of children’s collectives and engagement of marginalized communities in community mobilization.
Similar Project partners’ meets are planned for all states for 2012 as well. Aim would be to develop a common understanding on CRY VMV, core theme of CR Centricity, CR indicators, Right to Education, Right to Health, Right to Food and Child Participation issues broadly. Efforts will be made to develop capacities of participants to identify child rights violations and understand the root causes.
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