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Global Buzz Report: 2011 10 01

ICAI Leadership Team Report:       October 01 2011

Great meeting in Kathmandu to prepare for the conference in 2012. All
ICA's have received a notice about the criteria decided in India for
Statutory members. Dick Alton stayed in Kathmandu to do visits with
World bank, UNDP and USAID to prepare for conference participation.

Team from ICA Canada is working to finalize the 2010 Audit

Working with each ICA to report on the current reality and ability to qualify under the criteria set in India
Not surprisingly the first issue of the magazine is delayed, need to see how we can support our colleagues and revise the timeline based on this experience

Next steps:
Follow-up with each ICA on the criteria and on their preparation for
next years conference
Preparing for regional dialogues and the General Assembly in December

Larry Philbrook

ICAI Leadership Team Report:       September 01 2011

Second round of global conversations focused on Communities of Practice. We need to see what emerges with initial conversations by regional group:

1) Africa/ Middle East/Europe:
Self help group Interchange, Youth, Top expansion, and Nepal Conference.

2) Asia Pacific:
Selected for work at the dialogue: Community development curriculum, 2012 Global Conference in Nepal, Deepening our ICA community/philosophy - putting ourselves on the cutting edge, ToP global strategy & structure/form around connecting ICAs with ToP facilitation training.
Discussed but not worked on: Capacity building, Seek collaborations with other organizations (related to conference).
3) N/S America:
ToP Network, Global Conference, and Leadership development (including communities and other types of leadership).

Continued work on Audit and annual report - these were delayed but are now in process.

Peer to Peer
Meeting with Nepal colleagues to work on strategies for expanding and integrating the globe into the conference prep.
Working to support the Communities of Practice as they emerge.

Getting the audit done,
Working with Nepal to invite the rest of the world into the preparation and opportunity represented by the Nepal conference.

Coming up
Nepal Gathering Sept 3-5
To be recommended: Community of Practice global check back, Sphere gatherings to prepare for the GA, GA scheduling.

Larry Philbrook            larry@icatw.com

BANGLADESH:           September 01 2011

Four major events in August were important for ICA.Bangladesh

The Street Children under the Phulki project were visited and offered stipend on the eve of Eid.

The Chandpur team visited the Ghoramara Human Development Project community and consulted with the community about various activities.

ICA Bangladesh expressed deep respect for Moklesur Rahman for his sudden demise. We had already sent a condolence message. Since 2004 Moklesur Rahman helped the community and supported ICA activities. As a community leader and general secretary of the Ghoramara community shelter project, he organized and assisted ICA members. We lost a big supporter of ICA, and the community definitely lost a great leader.

ICA Bangladesh held an AGM preparation meeting and an iftar party.

Zaki         admin@ica-bangladesh.org

ICA ASSOCIATES INC. (Canada)         October 01 2011

Going back to July

We had a full house for our 6 day advanced course this year and a smaller group in the Community Development course in August.

Jo and Wayne spent much of July in Egypt. We did a training event with a management training organization, visited friends and spent some high quality time with ICA Egypt. The day at the Bayad Training Centre was magical.

In September, the real busyness began. Jo is beginning a strategy - culture change process with Brock University amid some strong union resistance. They seem to have a long way to go. She is also working with a project called, "Our Kids."

Duncan Holmes facilitated a workshop in London, UK with people from World Vision around the world. He's also working with Save the Children.

John Miller taught Group Facilitation and Bill Staples taught Organizational Transformation in our Toronto Training Centre.

Wayne Nelson           wnelson@ica-associates.ca

COTE D'IVOIRE:           October 01 2011

Dans le cadre de la reprise totale des activités du gouvernement et de la société civile en Côte d'Ivoire, j'ai participé à un atelier sur le renforcement des capacités de suivi et d'évaluation de projets pour les ONGs responsables de la lutte contre le VIH/Sida de la Vallée du Bandama. Cette  formation a été organisée par Health Alliance Côte d'Ivoire, du 22 au 25 Août 2011 à Yamoussoukro, la capitale politique.

Du 01 au 03 Septembre 2011 j'ai participé à une fortmation sur la prise en charge des OEV ( Orphelin Enfant Vulnérable) du fait de VIH/Sida, organisé par l'ONG Espoir-vie qui est un partenaire de ICA-CI.La formation a été financée par UNICEF Côte d'IVoire. Du 28 au 02 Zoro bi agent de ICA-CI a prit part à une formation organisée par save the children sur les enfants perdus ou enfants orphelin et vulnérable à Bouaké.

Je tiens à vous dire merci pour votre soutien et dire que notre pays est devenu fréquentable au vu des nombreux sémaires qui sont entrain de s'organisés maintenant. J'espère que ICA-CI pourra un jour avoir des financements et bénéficier des subventions grâces aux ICAs du monde.

As part of the full resumption of government and civil society activities in Côte d'Ivoire, I attended a workshop on the capacity building in monitoring and evaluation of projects for NGOs responsible for the fight against HIV / AIDS in the Bandama Valley.  The training was organized by Health Alliance Côte d'Ivoire from 22 to 25 August 2011 in Yamoussoukro, the political capital.

From 1 to 3 September 2011, I attended a training on the care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) due to HIV / AIDS, organized by an NGO partner of ICA-CI, Hope-life. The training was funded by UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire. From August 28th to September 2nd, ICA-CI took part in a training in Bouake organized by Save the Children on missing, orphaned and vulnerable children.

I would like to say thank you for your support and to say that our country has become accessible considering the many seminars that are in the process of being organized. I hope that one day ICA-CI will be able to receive funding and to benefit from grants thanks to the ICAs of the world.


JAPAN:           October 01 2011

Partnership Project Highlights

Shizuyo participated in JICA’s Ending Evaluation in Isinya Kenya, and they encouraged us to continue with private funding, which they can introduce.  With NALAPO funding, Shizuyo facilitated the planting of 50 Mango trees in each of 10 villages.  Wayne secured water to maintain the trees and help the people with the drought.

Wayne and Shizuyo prepared to go to India to do a transitional evaluation with JICA India, ending a three year project with ICA Pune of agriculture, irrigation, bio-gas, and dairy.  JICA India suggested that we apply for another two years of funding to provide sustainability, and it is near approval.  We will involve NEC Co. as a partner to introduce high tech hydroponics in the most remote village.

In Tohoku (Fukushima), Takako completed the 3rd phase distribution of essential goods including foods, school room air conditioners, fans, and radiation level measurement devices.  Shizuyo lead workshops on how the people can lead the way to recovery.  They also submitted a proposal for phase 4 of help, and a proposal to assist with drought relief for the Horn of Africa drought, focusing on Somaila refugees.
We have received proposals from Nepal with Tatwa for Peace Keeping, Cote d’Ivorie (with Eugene) for Peace Building, and the Amazon (with Nira) for community sustainability in the heartlands of the Amazon. We are researching how to proceed, with limited staff who will need intensive preparation with GFM, CDI, and financial and project coordination.  Is it possible?  And we are proceeding with another funder to provide deep bore wells for Insinya Kenya, with Eiki Kubokawa writing this proposal!

We will go once again to the Philippines to research building another Women's’s Center and in cooperation with Eli, working with local people on ecological restoration of the mountain sides.  Eiki is also writing the proposal for the ecological restoration.

Our long time proposal for Bihar, India, (with HCDI) finally passed the initial screening, and was sent to the Japanese Embassy in Kolkata for their comments, as well as another group of professionals for their comments.  We pray for positive results!

Home Office Activities

We have begun an entirely new website, with an aim of having a skeleton version by October 22, the date of our annual meeting. Our implementer, Siddharth Lele, lives in Pune, and we will meet him on September 28th.

Our Annual meeting will be October 22, and most of the extensive documentation has been finished.  News and letters are welcome!  In preparation for the Annual Meeting, we had a Board Meeting on Friday, September 23rd, with long time colleague Andrew Hashiba being the Chairman.

On October 1 and 2, JANIC’s Global Festa occurs again with Maki, Reiko and Takako being in charge of our booth while Shizuyo and Wayne are in Pune.  About 100,000 people attend, and some get to know ICAJ better, and we have a great chance to sell items from our partnership projects.

We held a GFM with JIMTEF, the association of medical practitioners, and arranged and co-facilitated by Mr. Obata.  It was the best GFM we have held with enthusiastic participants providing abundant energy for the facilitators to be fully alive.  Follow-ups they were encouraged to consider are Strategic Planning, Community Development Intensive, and more practice of what they have experienced.
I am sending copies of Anastasia to Nepal, Pune, Zimbabwe, and friends here in Japan, along with 2 DVD’s that portray some of the essence of the book series.  I have a few more for those who ask in October 2011.  Interested?  Well, maybe I have forgotten some I promised, so remind me please!

And finally, we converted our finance system to the official NPO system using board member Mr. Iwata for the implementation.  It also calculates taxes, salaries, and retirement benefits (new this July) to lessen the burden on ICAJ staff.

Wayne Ellsworth           wayne@icajapan.org
ICA Japan

KENYA:           October 01 2011

Dear Colleagues
Thank you so much for these articles. I am glad that ICA work still stands and is still very powerful. In Kenya ICA is re-germinating and the force is gaining strength; let us all make it grow so our peoples live's will never be the same. Pass my regards to all.

Sophie Donde

PERU:           September 01 2011

Location: Lima

Over the past two years the staff of ICA-Peru has been developing a capability to train and assist community leaders in the development of their Local Economy with a particular focus on the internal economy of the communities we serve.

The situation is this: in many rural communities in Peru the men and youth go out of the community to earn salaries, but very little of that money returns to the community. Much of it goes for alcohol and other diversions before any of it returns to the family; then the family proceeds to buy packaged foods,soft drinks and clothes made in Lima or China. So the net result is that this salary income comes into the community and leaves the community with very little real effect on the local economy.

The solution is simple in concept -- there need to be a variety of local products and services available in the community to attract local purchases and facilitate the CIRCULATION of money before it leaves. Economists tell us that if this process of circulation is done well that the Local Economy will grow by SEVEN times, and very quickly. This is being done very effectively in over 300 communities in Britain be using local currencies, and that movement is spreading in Europe and the US now. But such currency systems are too complicated for rural communities in developing countries.

The focus that we have been building here is to introduce and demonstrate new family businesses that can be done easily with little capital. These businesses can transform local products for more value, add important services to the life of the community and replace products imported into the community from national and international factories. We are currently offering over 60 businesses which are grouped in Productive Networks (Guilds) along the lines of common interests and needs. While this collaboration is a challenge to initiate, it has be quite effective where the people have picked it up. The demonstrations of these businesses easily capture the attention of the families, especially since they are conducted by leaders from their own communities who we have trained. We are currently adding a couple of new demonstrations each month to our range of businesses, and that variety helps the acceptance of the Local Economy approach. We have visions of a Local Economy Blog as we move forward which could move this local dynamic in a movemental direction, but for now the work is pretty much face to face because of limited Internet access in the rural sector.

We are most interested in being in dialogue with others about the Local Economy process and how to accelerate it, as the current domanance of the Global Economy is a trend that urgently needs to be re balanced all around the world if we are to have a sustainable future.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org

EHIO Tajikistan:     October 01 2011

EHIO report for September
Every Monday PO EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot conducts a staff meeting at which all project activities are summarized and plans are discussed for the following week. In September PO Ehio-Farhang va Tarakkiyot conducted activities with such projects as TSEP, IREX, AKF, GIZ and WB.

Project TSEP
On the 13th of September, a retreat was held to evaluate the second year of the TSEP project and make plans for the third year. The executive director, Marina Safarova, project manager, Akhmedov Bobokhon and the whole TSEP EHIO team participated.
On the 14th of September, two of our EHIO TSEP trainers, Abduvalieva.M and Boiboboeva.R, arrived at our target district of Garm to continue conducting training on the topic: Household budgeting.

Project World Bank
For the WB project we conducted training at the Dekhan Farms of Kanibadam in our target district of Bobojon Gafurov. The training was on four topics: vegetable growing, cotton growing, horticulture and irrigation. For the training on horticulture the subject was based on diseases and pests and the way to control them. On vegetable growing, training was conducted on the topic: technology of tomato cultivation. For irrigation, training was conducted on the topic: operating conditions for drip irrigation. Intensive technology of cotton growing, was the subject for cotton production.

Project IREX
In September our granters, Sulhju and Gurdofarid, representing three groups, arrived in Kirgizistan and the villages of Andarak Borborduk and Koktosh to meet the directors of schools that had previously been selected. This was with the aim of preparing a place for performances. The groups involved must give theoretical performances in these villages. The name of first performance was: Migration. In addition we monitored the drama circles at schools 31 and 11 of Kanibadam and at schools 1, 5, 6, 19, 16 of Jabbor Rasulov and at schools 29, 24 in the Isphara district. Our drama circles having been opened at these schools. In each drama circle we have leaders and young participants. They work according their own plan and they have worked up a schedule for their coming performances. The drama circles are open on fixed days for the people of those villages.

Project AKF
For project AKF in September we conducted additional training at three consultative centers:
At the center in Tandurusti, hukuk va jamiyat, from September 22 to 24 and from 27 to 29, it was on the topic of Critical thinking and Self-development.
At the centre Fidokor, we conducted training on the topic, Development of strategic plans of financial stability and organizational development.
And at the center in Iktidor we conducted training sessions from September 22 to 24 on the topic of Project management. We will finish our final Program report this month.

Project GIZ.
Agro training sessions were conducted in September for projsct GIZ relative to the the cultivation of vegetables in hotbeds and greenhouses, explaining different pests and diseases and ways to control them.
The first training session was conducted on September 3, the second on September 6, and the third one on September 17. We also monitored the practical application of the Agro technical group's activities, we were there along with consultants who were available for questions on all subjects including the group's cash accounts and cash flow.

Nigina Sadikova           nigina7811@rambler.ru

EHIO Tajikistan:     September 01 2011

Every Monday at the office of EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot, we conduct a staff meeting, at which we summarize the organization's activities for the past week and plans are discussed for the following week.

In May PO EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot conducted its training on such projects as: TSEP, IREX, WB.

1. Project TSEP
The TSEP project is a module developed on the topic of the management and utilization of technical objects, to take in account ecological requirements. This module was translated into three languages and was used for training in our target districts. On the 18th and 19th of August training sessions were conducted in Asht jamoat Oshoba and Kirkuduk, and from 23rd to 25th of August they were also conducted in Isfara jamoat Navgilem and Lakkon on the given topic. A module of household budgeting was also developed by TSEP trainers and is now in preparation for conducting training sessions.

2. Project IREX: training and education sessions were conducted for 20 participants of secondary schools 26, 27, 11, 29, in Kanibadam and in the Isfara district of jamoat Pulton, Hamroboev and jamoat Surkh. The training was conducted by our theoretical groups: Javoni, Nargis and Gurdofarid. In addition to that there was a meeting at the Consultative Centre in Kanibadam, J.Rasulov and in Isfara.
The meeting was with the Chairman of the Department of education in Kanibadam, J.Rasulov and Isfara region with the aim of providing letters about opening theoretical circles in these regions.

3. On project WB: modules were developed with the aim of conducting training sessions on the topic, Intensive technology in the growing of tomatoes, defining a routine of Dripping irrigation in agriculture, for the demonstration plots and the technical elements of furrows, and the continuation the agricultural observations on the demonstration plots.

Nigina Sadikova           nigina7811@rambler.ru



Redesigned the Spirit of Facilitation course
Continued coaching and mentoring

Peer to Peer
collaborated with ICA Nepal on doing a PJD taught by Evelyn and Larry
Collaborated with ICA Zimbabwe 30+ people in 3 day train the trainers
including ORID, Workshop, Image Change, Mindstyles, Social styles, Event
design & Orchestration and Open Space plus a 2 day public Group
Facilitation methods course all taught by Evelyn & Larry Philbrook with
Gerald Gomani joining for the GFM

Collaborated with ICA Kenya people in 5 day training including ORID,
Workshop, Image Change, Mindstyles, Social styles, Event design &
Orchestration and Community Development Intensive taught by Evelyn &
Larry Philbrook with3 volunteers from Taiwan - Keke Quie, Peisan Yu, and
Elizabeth Tsai

Travelling so much how to make time to sit together and integrate

Next steps
Larry is off again UN training in Uganda and New York
reviewing and revising PJD based on the new reports from Texas and Nepal
Preparing proposals for China and Taiwan community development opportunities

Lawrence Philbrook           www.icatw.com