To dream or not to dream that is the question
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.
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.
Organisation: Maputaland Development and Information Centre (MDIC)
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.
Interview with Kerry Farrance, Oxfam Australia, Melbourne, Day 2 of Intersections
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
I attended a community service forum session at the Intersections Partner Conference on Monday.
Nkwame Cedile facilitated the session.
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.
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.
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.
Community service forums: a voice for the community?
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.
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.
Welcome Dinner and AMAZING entertainment - Ascot Convention Centre
Busi Ndlovu - Welcome
"this occasion is about partners meeting to shape Oxfams picture and agenda"
Andrew Hewitt - ED Oxfam Aus - Video
"committed to effective working relationships with community based oganisations across the world.