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28 October, 2009
When I agreed to be a rapporteur I didn’t anticipate that it would be challenging. Besides, how difficult could it be to just report what I had heard? This was certainly not the case. At the outset it was fascinating to learn how partners were working with rights in their contexts and. It was clear that this was not easy especially when partners hit deadlock when they tried to address any violations. Following the sessions along the “beyond access” thematic area proved to be both informative, enlightening and in some instances challenging.

27 October, 2009
This was my first experience to be involved in such challenging duty. I am used to be in conferences as a participants having to articulates and be involved in discussions. In saying that for me, this was a new experience having to document or capture discussions let alone of such big event.

Seating and listing to all the different reports on what each organisation is doing and also capturing the discussions having to summarise all that to give report back was quit challenging yet good Learning. It was challenging because I was never had such opportunity.

27 October, 2009

Many organisations are guided by welfare approach while providing their services. During the session: 'when is it welfare and when is it development'; it was interesting that there were arguments that organisations need to move from welfare approach towards development approach. However, we learnt a lesson that there is nothing wrong with welfare approach. 

27 October, 2009
Coming to this event was quite a journey; I left home before sunrise on Sunday morning to get to the Port Elizabeth airport and finally arrived in Pietermaritzburg around midday. While in motion for all those hours, I kept wondering what it would be like to enter a space and process that was both strange and familiar. I have not worked with Oxfam before, but have been involved in the NGO sector for more years than I care to own up to.

27 October, 2009

The session on Welfare vs Development took the format of a Participatory Activity called Active listening, where one writes down the points that stand out during project presentations. Thereafter common thoughts are collected and grouped together.

I was particularly struck by the following cards in no particular order.

27 October, 2009

Interview with Kerry Farrance, Oxfam Australia, Melbourne, Day 2 of Intersections

27 October, 2009

This morning (27/10/09) a group of around 25 participants debated the question of welfare and development. Using tools borrowered from Participatory Appraisal methodologies, we quickly agreed that welfare can be development, and that we need not apologise for providing short term relief, or for lobbying for welfare interventions such as grants.  Short term relief is vital for alleviating the ill effects of poverty and distress, while social security is a right of citizenship as well as a investment in the future.  Welfare is development, and development involves the prov

27 October, 2009

I attended a community service forum session at the Intersections Partner Conference on Monday.

Nkwame Cedile facilitated the session.

27 October, 2009

Denis Hunt of the AIDS Consortium facilited a session on networking: The session was  for shairing best practices and to brainstorm deas for improving networking. The session was also to maximize and strengthen links as civil society for maximum impact as well to sustain the work of civil society.

27 October, 2009
The Day that Was – Day 1
 
Wow, what a day! Monday was about so much… incredible conversations, packed meetings, lots of smiles, a few frowns and even maybe a few tears.
 
The opening was great – we are reminded to think, to question, to know that what happens at a macro level is often planned, although we may not know the rationale for the plan.  
 
26 October, 2009

Adherence to HIV/AIDS and TB treatment is still a challenge for patients with HIV and TB. From the research done, patients are well educated about HIV/AIDS issues. They know that is important to take their ARTs on time. But due to some challenges they stop taking them. However, people with TB are not well educated about TB treatment and they stop taking medication. Issue of concern is that much effort need to be directed towards education regarding HIV/AIDs and TB treatment.

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26 October, 2009

That was the question that constantly reverberated through the room as we discussed, "If men are in, who are out". A very active session, where clearly people had very strong views on men and their role in society, their power, their abuse thereof, their culture and how they percieve themselves. The dialogue focused session touched on numerous issues, which I do not propose to report on, but rather give my thoughts as they were shaped through the session.

26 October, 2009

An interesting discussion we had around participation as a key ingriedient for good development, was that while we all see the significance of it to ensure sustainability of the intervention, we all find it difficult. It is time and resource intensive and to add to the load, we are often bound by funders. Funders are very specific in the programmes they are wanting to support and are also demanding of result and impact in the very near future. It was acknowledged that funders have to answer to back donors as well and at times their hands are also tied.

26 October, 2009

We are learning about blogging and for us at JAW thinking about how we could use this for M+E and also to capture and have conversations with each other about our work. We feel like we don't always have time to connect and reflect together, so maybe blogging will help create a space where we can share our learnings, insights, frustrations. 

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26 October, 2009
Last night when I finally got to my bedroom, I was itchy. In all sorts of places, some far less comfortable than others. Let me indulge myself and share my itchy spots (its okay, this blog isn’t illustrated so no need to close your eyes).

26 October, 2009
Oxfam Australia Learning Event - Pietermaritzburg

Day One


Welcome Dinner and AMAZING entertainment - Ascot Convention Centre

Day Two

Busi Ndlovu - Welcome


"this occasion is about partners meeting to shape Oxfams picture and agenda"

Andrew Hewitt - ED Oxfam Aus - Video
Welcome

"committed to effective working relationships with community based oganisations across the world.
26 October, 2009