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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 development partners. A major component of the non financial support extended to partners is in the form of capacity building (CB) / training. Since its very inception CRY India 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 significant 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. From a largely didactic approach to a more participatory one through group work and facilitation, the style and manner of conducting these training programs has also undergone transformation.

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 Project 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 helps to add new information and also provides a platform to clear doubts on child rights issues and linked human rights issues and approaches, based on which our partners carry out their work with underprivileged communities. The issues on which CRY is reaching out to children in the marginalized communities are varied and represent a wide range of complex web of issues linked to the denial of rights of children. It becomes imperative to correctly identify the issues and gaps on which the Capacity Building (CB) inputs are planned for the particular year.


The entire process of providing non financial support can be narrated as below:

  • The process of assessing partner training needs has become more scientific and an ongoing phenomenon. Through the PME (planning, monitoring, evaluation) parameters and categorization initiatives, the real training needs can be identified.
  • Detailed planning exercises are undertaken before every training program; the training schedule is prepared stating clearly the objectives, content and expected impact of the same and also the follow-up mechanism that needs to be undertaken.
  • The schedule along with the session plans are shared with Project Partners prior to the workshop, so they can come up with suggestions or modification of the design.

  • Facilitation styles for these workshops aim to ensure participation of all - thus relying mostly on group work and presentations. All the training programs are interactive.
  • Feedback (written and verbal) is often taken from participants, are analyzed and improvements towards the next training programs are devised. This aspect needs to be given more emphasis in the coming year and a mechanism has to be institutionalized to assess the impact of such non financial support in the field.

There is a need for constant upgrading of knowledge, attitude and skills 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 Project Partners. To meet the DS objectives, capacity building inputs as an integral part of non-financial support are provided on an ongoing basis. 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 development is a multi-dimensional concept. It is not just concerned with training and education or 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 Project Partners is not seen as a separate program, but an essential part of the support extended by CRY to its Project Partners.

2010 Review & 2011 Plans

Project Partner meets were held across all states and all regions. These meetings provided space to all partners for
  • Discussions on CRY Vision, Mission and Values (VMV) as well as Child Rights indicators finalized recently.
  • Discussions and deliberations on the prominent child rights issues and the underlying root causes for such violations – this led to a common understanding across partners.
  • Exploring 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 process of children’s collectives and engagement of marginalized communities in community mobilization.

Similar Project partners’ meets are planned for all states for 2011 as well. Aim would be to develop 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 root causes for their existence.

In addition to project partners’ meets, other major training programs held through 2010-11 across regions and major plans for 2011-12 are highlighted in the table below.

 

Region Capacity Building programs for Project Partners conducted in 2010-2011 Capacity Building programs for Project Partners planned for 2011-12
North
  • Child Rights workshop to guide partners on people centered advocacy in the context of child rights.
  • Workshop on right to health – to understand health and nutrition related issues, policies and welfare programs.
  • Child participation workshop for UP partners – to generate common understanding on the concept and to design strategy for Voice of Children (VOC).
  • Workshops on child rights based programming and child participation across states.
  • Urban poverty analysis workshop for Delhi project partners.
  • Workshops on right to health and child health across states.
  • For UP Projects – workshop on right to participation for action plan development and visioning of VOC.
East
  • Workshops held for Manipur project core teams on right to health and community mobilization.
  • Child centricity workshop held for Jharkhand partners.
  • Training for Orissa partners focused on education, health & child protection issues.
  • OD process planned for Manipur partners.
  • Child rights workshops planned across states.
  • Workshop on people centred advocacy planned for Bihar partners.
West
  • Workshop on child participation held for Maharashtra partners.
  • CR workshop held for new partners of both Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  • Workshop on gender held for partners of both states.
  • Workshop on urban governance and rural livelihood held for all partners.
  • Right to health workshop held for Gujarat partners.
  • Right to participation workshops planned for Maharashtra & Gujarat.
  • Workshops planned on childhood disability rights, the JJ Act, housing rights, displacement and rehabilitation.
  • Consultation on the right to education planned for new Chhattisgarh partners.
South
  • Child rights trainings held for community organizers across all states (AP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala).
  • Child Rights Training planned for Project Holders of all partners.
  • Trainings on Rt to Education and Rt to Food planned for Community Organizers of all partners.
HO
  • Trainings on financial risk monitoring and CRY requirements for new project partners across regions.
  • Trainings planned for all new project partners on financial risk monitoring and CRY requirements.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Grant to CRY India towards Capacity Building of Project Partners
    $28,496
  • Total Grant for 2011
    $28,496