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Global Buzz Report: 2013 06 01

ICAI Board Report:      June 01 2013

This past month the ICAI Board has mostly been busy with preparing to launch a major new survey of the ICA global network.  This is intended primarily to help ICAs and ICA people to know each other better, to facilitate peer to peer support and collaboration. It also includes questions to indicate how ICAs meet the ICAI membership criteria, to enable the ICAI Board and GA to monitor that and take membership decisions, and questions on UN activity to enable ICAI to report on that to maintain our UN status.  Thank you to the many people from around the world who provided rich feedback on the draft survey, we were delighted that we heard from so many of you.  We are now finalizing and translating the revisions to the survey, in order to circulate the survey very soon to around 40 locations, in English, French and Spanish.

We have begun some initial conversations with ICAI's volunteer communications team in order to look at developing and streamlining our website, publications and  communications more broadly.  We are now scheduling a larger online meeting to take this forward, so please get in touch if you have expertise in this area and might be willing to get involved.

We have approved a proof of the second edition of Changing Lives Changing Societies: ICA's Experience in Nepal and the World, and we are expecting it to be available soon worldwide on a print-on-demand basis from Amazon and other retailers.  In the meantime there may still be copies of the first edition available from ICA Nepal via Ebay.

The ICAI 2012 audit report has been drafted and will be ready to circulate shortly - we are grateful to Bill Staples and ICA Canada for their support with this.

We are now scheduling the next online regional gatherings in late August. These are an opportunity for all involved or interested in ICA globally to connect with each other and with ICAI, to facilitate peer-to-peer support and collaboration in our shared mission of advancing human development worldwide. Please join us if you can! There will be three gatherings at different times of day to suit the three regions - the earlier time for Asia, the middle time for Europe/MENA/Africa and the later time for the Americas. However you are welcome to attend whichever suits you best (or more than one), and the exact times can also be adjusted if needed. Please follow the link below to indicate which dates and times would suit you best, wherever you are - please respond to the poll by Monday 17 June at http://www.doodle.com/n9e96ncscy5v5854

The aims & agenda of the gatherings (below) will be broadly as in March - for the report of the March meetings please see http://icai-members.org/gm-windswaves/ww-2013-april/034-regional-meetings.htm:

Meeting Aims
1.) to connect ICAs and ICA colleagues with each other, and help to build & strengthen relationships between them
2.) to share information and facilitate peer-to-peer support and collaboration among ICAs and ICA colleagues
3. ) to hold ICAI accountable to its members, and seek input & support to strengthen our global network and advance our global mission

Meeting agenda
1. opening, welcome & introductions
2. review & agree agenda
3. ICA reports – highlights, questions & reflection
4. ICAI report – membership, activity & finance; questions, feedback & reflection
5. Items particular to each meeting:
a. Global network survey findings
b. Global communications
6. Reflection & close

We look forward to hearing from you!

Martin Gilbraith
- president@ica-international.org

BANGLADESH:          June 01 2013

A community leadership development training is planned for the Ghoramara Human Development Project in Chandpur. Fuad, Sharful, Habib, Jahangir and Mitu had two faculty training practice sessions in May. The Chandpur local team recruited 20 comunity participants. The management approved the one-day village leaders conversations and training on two major considerations: first, the community leaders understand the ICA approach and leadership qualities needed, learn to ask questions and listen to others, and second, to develop faculty. The GHDP is being supported from ICA's critical revenues.

ICA staff twice visited the Phulki street children project, settled teacher cum community facilitator salary increase issue in the midst of a non committed funding source. The project entered into its 4th year with no foreign donation for the first time. Based on the April action report, the management approved the purchase of a water pitcher, glasses, toilet water reservoir, and a floor mat. Sharful and Moksod have already bought the items and plan to distribute them in the 1st week of June .

In May, Aziz revised the ICAB training catalogue to make it more comprehensive, and it will be posted in our new website in June. He has also updated some texts for the website. He had two phone conversations with Mr. Soyeb and Dr. Zia for the research training course design. Fuad had a meeting with our new advisor, Dr. Zia, to discuss a possible research course, and to explore Youth as Facilitative Leaders training at the Dhaka University.

For the Ghoramara village project and the Gabua village project, Aziz had meetings over the phone with the Chandpur team members. The discussion included the implementation of a one-day community leadership course, initiation of the Gabua project, and local fundraising. He also introduced a supporter, Golam Mostafa, who is interested in raising funds for the Gabua village project. Aziz also had some conversations with Wayne and Shizyo regarding a community development project in Bangladesh in the future.

Staff       admin@ica-bangladesh.org

PERU:        June 01 2013

This month we welcomed Elena Traverso and Moises Huarcaya to our field staff – and after a week of orientation sent them right into the field to monitor the work of two of our teams, and during June we will need each of them as active team members.  We currently have four projects in action and a couple more about to contract, so our year is finally launched after a very slow start.  In addition we are currently being asked to assist a string of fishing villages down the southern coast which have been hit hard by the declining production of offshore fishing.  

 A government export agency is also asking our help to train village leadership for the conflict zone of the high jungle areas where they are working to move people out of the drug-producing crops and into the sustainable practices of coffee and cacao,  This work would be done in collaboration with other NGOs who are working on the ground in these dangerous zones and need dependable local colleagues to be effective in their work as well as for safety.

Last week we worked as a team to produce an excellent tri-fold brochure about to leadership formation program and now for the first time we have a glossy piece of literature about our core project which we can use to introduce ICA-Peru to authorities and other agencies and NGOs.  Then Alina Hoyos offered to work with us to extend the influence of our rural leadership formation into new areas with new sponsors.  Alina has over 30 years of experience working in companies in the Sierra and has a wide range of contacts who will listen to her recommendations based upon her experience with the leaders we trained in her project over the past two years.  We know now that even after a slow start, 2013 is going to be a banner year for us with a substantial expansion of the reach and depth of our service.    

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org