Capacity development, learning, change, poverty/power/progress
What's interesting about starting a new long term is assignment is that you get a chance to prove yourself all over again. When I prepared for my latest new assignment, I discovered that the organisation seemed to equate Capacity Development with training. How could I let my new colleagues begin to think about the fact that Capacity Development is much more than training...
A while ago I stumbled upon a clip developed by Charles Jennings. It's called the 70:20:10 approach to…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on July 9, 2013 at 18:02 — No Comments
In 2009, the Albania Local Capacity Development Foundation (ALCDF) pioneered a ground breaking concept. Rural communities were not getting the capacity building services they needed to advance in tourism, forestry, agriculture, and local government. Lindita Manga…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on June 12, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments
I have been hired by SNV Ethiopia to backstop the development of a Local Capacity Development Facility (LCDF) in the WASH sector. I used to backstop the development of LCDF’s in the Asia region, and was curious to find out about lessons from SNV’s pioneer LCDF in Vietnam, known as the SPARK movement. SPARK aims to…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on May 31, 2013 at 15:22 — No Comments
I am a self-made woman when it comes to Social Network Analysis: just picked it up along the way and learned from doing. Joitske Hulsebosch (twitter @Joitske) however recently finished a short SNA course with Patti Anklam (twitter @panklam). Joitske…Continue
My friend Naa-Aku Acquaye-Baddoo told me about an exercise she did a while ago to help teams in SNV Asia think about role clarity and teamwork. Participants literally "walk" the relationships they have with others around a specific issue or topic, and carry a colored threat to visualise their walk. What emerges on the floor…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on January 18, 2013 at 5:03 — No Comments
When I lived there until five years ago, I was involved with an INGO that worked with small grants and mentoring for community based organizations. Other INGOs were inspired by the work that proved possible ‘under the…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on December 10, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments
For international women's day, I wrote a blog about women in Vietnam. "Vietnamese women deserve to be treated special at least one day of the year, as the men seem to do very very little in the home. Listening to newly wedded Vietnamese women, that is not really changing yet either. And I'm speaking to…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on November 4, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments
Nev Ward, a project manager in the UK was sharing some suggestions on linked-in for a manual I am developing on project management. He referred to the five stages of a project (Geoff Reiss, “Project Management Demystified”, Third Edition, p204). It had me laughing out loud:
1. initial enthusiasm
2. onset of reality
Added by Lucia Nass on September 14, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments
People have been playing more games these days in Washington D.C. And I don’t mean the strategies of the Obama and Romney spin teams.
Two recent events suggest games’ growing popularity in D.C. aid circles: this one I attended at the World Wildlife Fund earlier this month and this Tuesday’s upcoming …Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 26, 2012 at 18:56 — No Comments
With Aung San Suu Kyi Voted into parliament, everybody wants to be in Myanmar at the moment, so I feel especially fortunate that my old friends from Metta invited me to come back and work with them at this important juncture in history.
Added by Lucia Nass on August 10, 2012 at 7:45 — No Comments
If you've ever had any doubts that international aid or global health is a business, then one visit to an International AIDS Conference will clear them away. Between the free frozen yogurt from big pharma and bookend speeches from the Clintons, it was hard to ignore what a "sexy" disease HIV was last week in Washington D.C.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 1, 2012 at 15:48 — No Comments
The Dhulikel market place for providers and beneficiaries of capacity development services was a first in Nepal. Rural organizations normally don’t buy services to improve their performance. National programs decide what is needed and buy training packages in bulk from consulting firms. That is supposed to…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on July 4, 2012 at 11:25 — No Comments
For my work in Myanmar I have recently reviewed concepts of empowerment and civil society. Here are some old and new thoughts about it. (Cartoon from The Powercube)
Added by Lucia Nass on May 20, 2012 at 9:53 — No Comments
Added by Edcanela on May 19, 2012 at 5:30 — No Comments
There are only a few at CBA6 who have discovered the benefits of social media for their personal development and personal effectiveness. Most still think they do not have the time for tweets and that sort of stuff.
I thoughht that talking about time saving and other advantages of an…
Added by Lucia Nass on April 21, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments
The room was packed yesterday for the CBA6 session on integration with Ecosystems Based Adaptation. It was the most energized athmosphere that I witnessed so far at CBA6 (but hey, I have not been to any of the out-of-the-box sessions which I hear are super too!).
Some of the CBA…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on April 21, 2012 at 0:46 — No Comments
There are a few issues that were mentioned yesterday at CBA6, the 6th conference on Community Based Adaptation (…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on April 20, 2012 at 1:43 — No Comments
Over a year ago I started my first consultancy in the climate change community. I am a capacity development facilitator, so my first interest was in finding out what others are doing. I got completely lost in the forest of climate change websites and portals, and to get in touch with the right people…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on April 18, 2012 at 14:19 — No Comments
With development loosing political interest in much of Europe, It has become even more important that stories of grassroots organizations get told and heard. Local organizations however usually dread reporting time, and most will not see monitoring and reporting as an opportunity to learn.
So when I…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on April 11, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments
My client wanted to have a panel in the seminar for grassroots organisations in Myanmar. They had invited interesting guest speakers, but I have developed an allergy for panels with 4 times 15 minutes presentation, after which the audience can ask questions. I learned that very few people are capable of delivering a memorable presentation. Moreover, many speakers take longer than the planned quarter of an hour, so that time for audience questions is reduced to a bare minimum. And then each…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on April 5, 2012 at 11:52 — No Comments