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Global Buzz Report: December 2016

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ICAI Board Report:

ICAI Board December Global Buzz Report

Newly elected Board members Gerd Luders (ICA Chile) and Archana Deshmukh (ICA India) joined the November board meeting as observers to begin the transition process as outgoing members Martin Gilbraith and Staci Kentish prepare to complete their terms in December.  We are pleased to support them in their new roles and welcome them to the 2017 Board of Directors.

A West Africa regional gathering was held in Togo November and an Asia Pacific regional gathering is happening in India in December, both financially supported in part by ICAI. In addition, the Europe MENA regional gathering was hosted by ICA:UK in November. Look out on the ICAI website for reports from our colleagues about the work and collaborations that emerge from these meetings.  

The Global ToP Policy working group has developed terms of reference for the new structure that they recommend be established to support ICAs' implementation of the policy worldwide. They intend to submit their recommendation as a resolution for approval at our next General Assembly.

Staci Kentish
          staci.kentish@gmail.com


BANGLADESH:

ICA Bangladesh’s member, Aurangajeb, graduated MA in Labour Policies and Globalisation from the University of Kassel & the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany, in September. He also joined the Department of Criminology and Police Science at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University in October. Aurangajeb and Shakawat organized a meeting with some students on November 12th to promote ICA’s capacity building in facilitation and leadership skills among the young peoples. Aurangajeb participated in a seminar on labour and development issues organized by the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS, held at Dhaka on 21st of November 2016.

ICA Bangladesh is very concerned about the severe human rights violations against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. Aziz expressed his deep concerns about the plights of the Rohingyas indicating the media report and his personal research. He is working on a paper on the Rohingya issue from peace and conflict lens.

The ICA Bangladesh team, included labour and migration issues as an area for research and advocacy work. Aurangajeb, has initiated some networking for partnership in this regard.

Shakawat Hossain           


BENIN:

With the financial support of ICA UK, ICA Benin has conducted a project entitled “ assessment of impact of ICA Benin “ during 2016

As the organization and the numbers of projects supported grow, it has become increasingly important to accurately document the impact of ICA Benin’s work on people it supports, their organizations and the communities they serve.  The main objectives of the Impact Assessment are as follows:

  1. To assess the overall impact of ICA Benin’s work through analyzing the perspectives of people, their organizations / groups, communities and partners – impact on people, on their communities and community development in general. 
  1. To identify success factors, challenges and areas of future improvement, in relation to the  people’s own development as community development initiatives supporter and the impact their work has been having in all these sectors
  1. To critically analyse the approach that ICA Benin has taken and make recommendations for future development. This will include some comparative analysis with other organizations and their approaches
  1. To guide the future development and planning of ICA Benin as an organization, thus incorporating the key findings of the Impact Assessment process
  1. To develop and pilot a model of effective impact assessment that other small organizations may be able to use and benefit from, especially amongst other ICA:UK partners.

Normally this project was scheduled for four months but many circomstances have contributed to add more time. 

A consultant has been hired and the project has been very successful with the contribution of our main partners and community beneficiary members. The report will be available very soon


COTE D'IVOIRE:

Les activités du mois de novembre ont portés sur la réalisation d’un poulailler pour les reproducteurs que nous sommes entrain d’élever pour la consolidation du projet de réinsertion des jeunes à risque de la région de l’Agneby-Tiassa. Les 150 poulets de reproduction évoluent très bien et regorgent d’une très bonne santé, étant donné ces poulets représentent une souche, nous leur avons administré le 26 novembre le vaccin Marec pour éviter la transmission des maladies parentales. Le second cycle de l’élevage des poulets de chair à commencé depuis le 18 novembre ce qui va permettre aux bénéficiaires de pouvoir vendre leurs poulets à la veille des fêtes de fin d’année.

The activities in November focused on the establishment of a henhouse for the breeders that we are breeding for the consolidation of the rehabilitation project for young people at risk in the Agneby-Tiassa region. The 150 breeding chickens evolve very well and are very healthy, given that these chickens represent a strain, we administered them on November 26 the Marec vaccine to avoid the transmission of parental diseases. The second cycle of breeding of broiler chickens began on 18 November, which will allow beneficiaries to be able to sell their chickens on the eve of the end-of-year celebrations

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Les activités en maraîcher avancent bien. La mise en place du deuxième cycle à commencé dans certains villages. Quand aubergines leur production continuent dans les différents villages qui ont cultivés les trois variétés que nous avons distribué. Le compost se décompose bien avec le planting des marguerites sur les planches pour la lute contre les insectes est fait.

The market gardening activities are progressing well. Implementation of the second cycle has begun in some villages. When eggplant their production continue in the various villages that have grown the three varieties that we have distributed. The compost breaks down well with the planting of the daisies on the planks for the lute against the insects is done.



Depuis le mois d’octobre les bénéficiaires en agroforesterie ont reçu les plants de poivrier, d’oranger et de mangoustanier pour le complément du planting des agrumes.  


Since October, agroforestry beneficiaries have received pepper, orange and mangosteen seedlings for the complement of citrus planting.


Above: Oranger (Orange trees) and Poivrier ( peper)


West and Central African conference


La conférence des ICA’s et de leurs membres associés de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et Centrale organisée par le bureau du Togo à regroupé du 21 au 25 les représentants du Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana et  Nigéria au tour de leurs confrères de Lomé. Cette rencontre sous régionale avait pour objectif le renforcement de la coopération et la recherche de réalisation d’un projet commun. Cette idée qui a été émise à la première année avec d’autres points ont retenus l’attention des participants durant ces 5 jours à l’hôtel Bella Vida dans le quartier d’Adakpamé.

The conference of the ICA's and their associate members from West and Central Africa, organized by the Togo office, gathered the representatives of Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria from 21 to 25 at the turn of their colleagues from Lomé. The purpose of this subregional meeting was to strengthen cooperation and the search for the realization of a common project. This idea which was expressed in the first year with other points caught the attention of the participants during these 5 days at the hotel Bella Vida in the district of Adakpamé.


Objectif
Promotion de la production du manioc et ses valeurs ajoutés

  • Groupe cible :
  • Les populations jeunes et les femmes des zones rurales
  • Les activités

Chaque bureau (ICA et membres associés) utilisera les variétés de manioc disponible dans son pays pour la réalisation de ce projet sa production agricole

  • Baseline studies
  • Renforcement de capacités
  • Production du manioc
  • New agriculture practice
  • Products of cassava
  • Marketing (marketing-certification)
  • Partnership with IITA
  • Estimation of the budget: US$150,000 per country

 
 
Afin de rendre plus concret engagement nous avons achevé notre rencontre sur la structuration des de notre réseau sous régional.

In order to make more concrete commitment we have completed our meeting on the structuring of our sub-regional network.

A) governance structure of W/C Africa ICA

Stem Committee (3 members: 2 men and 1 woman). The S C in under the ICAI vice president of West and Central Africa.
ICA Togo
DI Ghana Assist chair
EPDI Nigeria Lead chair

  • Term of office 2 years term
  • Members have a second chance for renomination/election

Responsibility of the stem committee

  • Project proposal writing draft
  • Sourcing for donors
  • Project implementation
  • Coordination /M and E
  • Administration

Keys Decisions

  • dues
  • ICAI dues:
  • Members are obliged to settle their financial obligation with ICA I by Dec 2016
  • ICA Benin is tasked to ensure that the dues owed by members are payed.
  • Again members country are advised to settle their dues by June each year
  • Regional dues:
  • necessary to contribute regional dues
  • but presently members countries agreed to put on hold regional dues and rather ensure Intl settlement of dues
  • support network with minimal fund from common project
  • Use of regional dues
  • support regional meeting/training session
  • support regional administration work
  • Sustainability of W/C Africa regional ICAs
  • member country should begin to identify self income generating activities
  • Members country should upgrade skill in Top method to begin training

Top Training for regional members countries

  • Should be done before next year conference in October 2017 in Benin
  • Top facilitators in various countries to assist country which do not have the skill between January and June 2017
  • Refresher training during 2017 in Benin

 

Kouame Konan konaneug@gmail.com


INDIA:

You are invited to attend the
ICA Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 4th - 10th December 2016
Please share this invitation to potential attendees in the Asia
Pacific region and beyond. Ask folks to respond by email to

icapune@icaindiapn.org


Videos Mark Pixley posted on Facebook December 6
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See here: ICA Asia Pacific Regional Meeting. PDF

NEPAL:

The month of November, was quite an eventful month for ICA Nepal, as we managed to conduct various activities and also welcomed Ms. Miku Kawakami from ICA Japan. We also prepared for participation in the APRM meeting to take place from the 4th of December at ICA India, Talegaon, Pune.

Continuing with the elderly care program: one of the elderly programs was conducted at Changunarayan, where 26 elderly citizens participated. They were engaged with various stories shared by facilitators Mr. Aatmaram Timsina and Ms. Sangita Sharma.

Another major program in November, was the training of Promotion, Brand and Marketing, for a local women's group in Changunarayan, for the marketing of their low cost sanitary napkins. A group of women had been trained on the production of low cost sanitary napkins, for their income generation, in August, 2016. Therefore to make that business a success, another group was provided with training on marketing, so that their product can reach many diverse places and they can get a good income from it. The training provided by, Mr. Ram Raja Pratap Bhandari, focused mainly on providing knowledge on marketing and providing insight on how business works.

The training took 5 days, where 3 day participants were provided theoretical knowledge, and 2 day participants went in the field to conduct market research on sanitary napkins. The research showed that many women still use pieces of cloth during menstruation and there are very few options available to them to obtain sanitary napkins. Therefore, the promotion of menstrual hygiene and sanitary napkins is highly important.

We welcomed Ms. Miku Kawakami, on the 21st of November, 2016, who is responsible for the financial part of the project being supported by ICA Japan. Meanwhile, she also visited Changunarayan, our project area, and Sindhupalchowk, our future prospective area, during her stay.

Team ICA Nepal, is all geared up to attend the APRM meeting in India, and a very young and dynamic team will be representing us this time.

Prepared by
Pritha Khanal          pritha_khanal@yahoo.com


NIGERIA

                                   Releasing Potential for Greatness

EPDI aims at enabling the release of individual and corporate potential for sustainable development, which occurs when people are meaningfully engaged in the change process that impacts their lives, organizations and communities they belong to.

In 2016 the following activities were carried out:

  • In-School Youth Program tagged “Life Skills and Sexuality Education”  has continued to impact the lives of the students from different schools in Lagos and Ogun states.  The program equips youths with knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and lead productive, effective and successful lifestyles.

 In 2016, we worked with two schools namely: Star Diamond International Schools and Melville College, Berger-Ojodu, Lagos and impacted the lives of over 200 adolescents/teens.

Below are comments from some of the students:

  • The programme has helped me in my studies – to work hard, at home to obey my parents, and it has just changed my life.     -  Christabel
  • Made me understand that obedience is accepted by God; to be disciplined, serious and have integrity/ saying the truth and standing by it always.    -  Ekemini
  • “Before I experienced this topic I was anger prone. Any action I must retaliate or react to it but immediately I heard about the topic I learnt that every action must not need a reaction. From there I learnt how to control my anger. Although it was hard but I got to control it”  - Oyewole


Picture1 left: Cross section of participants at Star Diamond Int’l School
and Pictures 2-3: Hannah and the Students of Melville College
Note: all pictures here and below will enlarge.
  • Promoting Participatory Processes in Rural Communities across Nigeria: ECS-EPDI Partnership - Implementation of a component of the project - Recuperating the Space of Civil Society in Rural Nigeria (Phase III)

EPDI has been at the forefront of promoting the participation and involvement of everyone in the things that affect them, which brings about commitment and achievement of plans and decisions.

EPDI carried out the following activities:
-    Community Leadership Programme: Three-day training was held by EPDI on the      Technology of Participation on February 10 -12, 2016. The purpose of the training is to equip community leaders with knowledge and skills for mobilizing community members, especially women, to participate in the project. During the training, participants were taken through processes for engagement and getting “buy-in” from members of the community.

The programme held at the Iloti Primary School, with a total of 48 persons made up of representatives from Iloti, Ereji, Abidagba (Itamapako area) and Iwase (observers) in attendance.                


A cross section of participants at the training
  • Curriculum Review Meeting held on May 11, 2016 to review the Gender Curriculum for primary schools.

Community Leadership Training and Inauguration of Community Development Forum (CDF) at Itamapako, Ijebu-Ode Central LGA, Ogun State (Nigeria) on July 14, 2016. The topic facilitated by the Executive Director was “Leadership Attributes: Learning Gender Equality”, and the objective was to identify leadership practices in local communities that foster women participation, pointing out how best women participation in CDF can be ensured, as well as how to reinforce and improve on the practices with respect for gender equality/equity and how this can be achieved.


       Cross section of participants                 Hannah facilitating the discussion

  • IITA’s Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop for Cassava Weed Management Project Extension Workers April 18 – 20, 2016:

The Executive Director was invited as one of the trainers in the three-day workshop for Extension workers from Abia, Benue, Ogun and Oyo States. 
The objectives of this training:

    • Provide knowledge that will equip participants to train farmers on weed control
    • Refresh skills and minds to be more effective in mobilizing at community levels
    • Facilitate the adoption of improved/best practices, among others.

The Executive Director facilitated different topics including the Opening Conversation, Tao readings, Participation, Conflict Management, Teamwork, Effective Meetings, Creation of an Action / Work Plan.  

The programme was insightful for the participants as they expressed the usefulness of the programme to the task they were embarking upon based on their new knowledge and information on teambuilding, with practical exercises and TAO Readings, among others.

  • Shared Vision Workshop for Baptist Church Ugboroke, Warri Drama Group: the workshop held at the Church premises on April 23 - 24, 2016. A plan was created for the first time for the group, which they are working on to revitalize the group.

Individuals expressed the benefits they personally derived from the workshop, apart from the impact on the group.


         Group brainstorming session               Practical Vision Workshop Output


Hannah
         epdi2008@yahoo.com



TOGO:

From the 24th to 25th of November 2016, the  representatives from ICAs  and its associate members in West Africa gathered in Lomé at the  Bella Vida Hotel.
12 people from 5 Organization attended the meeting that wanting to achieve the following objectives:

  • Share individual and collectives experiences during the past 12 months
  • Make a 3 year plan to assess our difficulties, successes and current challenges
  • Draw a collective action plan for the next 12 months
  • Present the first draft of our common proposal and discuss about how to move forward.
  • Refresher training on proposal writing.

Dealing with the Vision statement, participants of the meeting wanted to have a well known Network of skilled TOP facilitators, building capacities and promoting the sustainable development of communities and organizations, in west and central Africa.

Talking about  sustainability of the region  and Top Training for regional members countries, participants have decided that:

  • A members country should begin to identify self income generating activities
  • A members country should upgrade its skill in Top methods to begin training
  • Top facilitators in various countries should help assist countries which do not have the skill between January and June 2017
  • Refresher training should be organized during 2017 in Benin.

Knowing, that alone, each of us is weak and voiceless, we want to work together. This idea germinated last year in Cote d’Ivoire. We have revived this idea through a common proposal in West Africa. The common proposal intends to deal with promoting Cassava production and its value change.

At last, we have a refresher training coarse proposal in writing.



Adufu           ica.ong.togo@gmail.com


UKRAINE:

Entry for Global Buzz December issue.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ElXtfNUzzYNFZnVTFhSG5MTWc/view
The document ended up a bit too large to email as an attachment - thus the link was created to google docs. Also, below is the link to Photo Report of the event on faceboock, perhaps that could be included as a link. Thank you for considering this article!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ICA-Ukraine-700875650048395/photos/?tab=album&album_id=890158191120139

On behalf of ICA Ukraine

Irina Fursman, Ed.D, a.b.d.


UNITED KINGDOM:

The ICA Europe Gathering took place in Warrington, Cheshire, UK from the 28th November- 1st December. The meeting was attended in person by 18 people from the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, the UK and the USA and virtually by participants from Ukraine. During the 2.5 days together we made and deepened connections, explored what is happening in Europe, shared our activities and ambitions, learnt more of how ToP is being applied in different contexts (virtual facilitation, stories of change and in difficult conversations) and left with some concrete ideas for actions which are already now being taken forward. We also agreed that the next gathering will be in Warsaw in late November 2017.
Examples of collective actions include:

  • Gathering and comparing different business models used by ICAs globally, particularly on how to manage the potential tension between for-profit training work and social change
  • Development of a partnership application for EU funding from various ICAs collaborating with other non-ICAs, designed as a drive towards social change, but incorporating opportunities to carry out some curriculum development, especially around the training of ToP trainers
  • Collaboration between the mentors and supporters (ICA:UK, Ukraine and Netherlands) of the new ICAI Associate Member Focus Homini (Poland) to help them set out their organisational development journey and their progression from being an Associate to becoming ready for statutory membership

See more photos and details on Twitter (#ICAEurope16) and the ICAI website and Facebook page.

Jonathan Dudding         jdudding@ica-uk.org.uk 

Our group (well, most of them! :)



Notices

For colleagues joining the ICA Asia Gathering in Talegoan in December, we will do three days of training post conference, Dec 11 12 and 13: Dialogue, Action Planning and Client Care. Please let Shankar know if you wish to attend or know people in India he should connect with.

Lawrence Philbrook