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On the last workshop afternoon, the Standing Team made a few videos to help explain who they were and what they do.  In their own words, here they are!

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Day 1 (Mon 26)

Morning (1)
Morning (2)
Afternoon (1)
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Day 2 (Tue 27)

Morning (1)
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Afternoon (1)
Afternoon (2)

Day 3 (Wed 28)

Morning (1)
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Afternoon (1)
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Day 4 (Thu 28)

Morning (1)
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Afternoon (1)
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  • Leisure time: visiting Jakarta

Day 5 (Fri 29)

Morning (1)
Morning (2)
Afternoon (1)
  • Morning sessions started at 9AM and ended at 1PM, with 15-30 min coffee break
  • Afternoon sessions started at 2PM and ended at 5-5:30PM, also with a coffee break.
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The deployment process

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Personal profile questionnaire

AIM standing team members… please complete this form!

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Group picture!

“Compact” group

 

“Exploded” group

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Flip videos presentation

Mariane and Ade presented “flip videos”, and explained how they can be used in our work to capture learning. As Ade said, a picture tells a thousand words, but a video tells a thousand pictures.

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The challenge relates to community based simulations.

Options were:

  1. Going to the local area manager, inform him and give my recommendations for next time
  2. Design team to meet with communities
  3. Local staff to meet with communities

Read about the discussion…

Inform area manager Design team meet community Local staff meet community
  • When design is not good, it always creates problems. That should be corrected first.
  • The design people made the mistake, they should be involved in the solution
  • The process was wrong since the beginning because there was no consultation. So consultation needs to be brought in
  • The design team should be made accountable and take some responsibility to rectify the issue.
  • How will the design team be ever be aware about the trouble they might cause?
  • Design team should have received better information and coordinated better with the local team.
  • If the key is to protect organization reputation in the community, then the organization should act as “us” and all team should cooperate with others.
  • The design team might not be able to address cultural sensitivities
  • The local team is best positioned to address the local needs
  • Local conflict have local systems to solve them. Local staff can tap into this.
  • To avoid having foreigners – even if they are more professional  – dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Design team does not know the local context, so they might not be in a position to readdress the conflict.
  • Local staff should know and deal with what works in the community, and what does not. And it is important for acceptance.
  • Cost and time implication of bringing design team
  • Design team can be made accountable, but not necessarily by confronting the community.
  • Local staff should first get the confidence of addressing community, and then they should be the ones dealing with the community

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The chair exercise

People are divided in 3 groups each group received a secret instruction. The instruction could not be communicated to the other groups.

  • Take all chairs to the back of the room
  • Take all chairs outside the room
  • Take chairs in front of the room.

Here are the results…

Sometimes we assume that people together are working for the same objective. But in the course of our work we discover that there are confusions… because the objectives are not really the same. Objectives at the field level can be different from objectives at the HQ, for example… To solve this we need effective communication (effective information sharing, asking clarification, coordinate with others, try to have common objectives… )

 

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What was your favorite session?

Vote for your favorite sessions.

You can chose up to 3!

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Sandie Walton-Ellery (ACAPS) shared with us her experience on Joint needs assessments, with this presentation:

More information about her work in Bangladesh can be found here

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