Connecting local responses around the world
When we start working with the community, we need to go with the mindset that they know better about their situation, environment and issues then me.
We outsiders think that we are educated, we have enough experience, we are perfect and we have the solutions. But the thing is different . Community has their own practical experiences, they have faced the problem and at some extent they have also tried to overcome the problems. They have practical approach rather than…Continue
When did we meet for the first time, I am not sure. Was it in 1998, when we discussed the impact of HIV on Health Reforms? It does not matter, as I feel that we know each other since and for eternity.
Professor John Rwomushana was instrumental in the development and the validation of the concept of local response to HIV. UNAIDS knew since 1998 that people in Phayao had stopped the spread of HIV because they had taken ownership of the challenge through collective discussion,…Continue
Together with our team of 8 people, we applied CLCP to ourselves a couple of weeks ago. It was refreshing, insightful and created real enthusiasm and commitment in our team members.
Here the collection of dreams and the practices. Enjoy! …Continue
Mocambique, Pais Africano situado na zona Austral. confirma hoje uma estatistica populacional de cerca de 29 milhoes de habitants. A OMS- organizacao mundial da saude, alerta que na Africa Sub-sahariana, cerca de 15% da populacao de cada pais tem algum tipo de deficiencia . De 2008-2011, esperimentamos um processo unico e genuino de estimular e por as comunidades conectadas. estimulamos o dialogo, a partiicpacao, a partilha da visao, do valor da vida, do sentido…Continue
Background: In 2015, 3ie supported Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Constellation to carry out a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of the Stimulate, Appreciate, Listen and Transfer (SALT) and community life competence process in 3 districts of Assam, India.
In every village, there is an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) who is responsible for creating…Continue
“Hey, we want to be part of this. We are here. What can we do?”
The newly trained SALTy facilitators who carried out a first round of living room conversations in February were pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and smiles with which people in ‘de Fier’ opened their doors for them.
The Fier is one of the newly built apartment buildings in Zeeburgereiland,…Continue
How to start a conversation on migration?
We started a 7-day course on strengths-based facilitation of refugee groups in the Netherlands by letting participants (some of them with migration/flight history, and some Dutch) ask each other the following questions:
- Where were you born?…Continue
In Utrecht, in the center of the Netherlands, we came together to learn about SALT as a strengths-based approach to assist refugees in making a new home, building new networks etc. More importantly, we came together to learn from each other about diverse perspectives on inclusion of refugees in Dutch society.
Only 6 out of the 20+ participants are born in the Netherlands in a Dutch family. The rest of the group consisted of (former) refugees from Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Kosovo, Burkina…Continue
Here is a little story of how a very simple accountability and feedback mechanism turned out to deliver a much bigger change. Listening and trust building are far more important than any tool.…
“Isn't there a shortcut? ” asks Ranga as with Marlou we visit the beautiful Moluccan Islands in East-Indonesia.
While more and more people in rich countries tend to connect with nature, with people and with self, in poorer…Continue
Learning from applying SALT in Catalonia. (it follows the previous post on Who are we?)
(AER) some interesting challenges to reflect upon:
I would like to share my experience in applying SALT to a project with Civil Society Organisations in Tarragona, Catalonia.
A gathering was organized on 20th January, which was facilitated using SALT to get to know better "Who are we". Some organisations / reference persons know each other, and also have a history of working together, but not all, so diversity was there, which was hugely needed to be taken into account in the facilitation…Continue
PHILIPPINES ‒ The magic of science to the aid of children of Manila – by Marie Lamboray, The Constellation, Belgium
Last November 2017, Joy Pavico (PinoyCompetnece) and Jean-Louis Lamboray visited a group of…Continue
Suddenly I was filled with happiness and with warm feeling. Jean Louis visited us, Indocompetence members, in Bandung last two week ago. We reconnected one and another. There was Dewi, Eki and me myself. Prior to the visit, Dewi and JL have had salt visit to Maluku Competence that has shared me with so much energy of Om Eli who has been safe guarding the ‘ budaya’ to keep environment treated sustainably to meet local people need. What I have learned from JL’s story of our colleague in Maluku…Continue
This post is a very quick response to a recent discussion on PELICAN about establishing feedback mechanisms for people who cannot read and write. Accessibility is indeed a fundamental requirement of an effective feedback and complaint mechanism and it is great that we are discussing and investigating this together.
Accountability to the affected population has been an area of strategic focus for many organisations in the INGO sector in the last decade. The recent collaborative…Continue
Sohail is a sociologist from Pakistan. He experienced first hand how SALT bridged this "false boundary" between personal and professional life. Moreover, Sohail shares with us something very interesting. He describes how SALT emerged out of him, it was always inside. The latter has been emphasised in many stories. Indeed, every human, be a saint or a sinner, consists of SALT. :)…Continue
Moi aussi, j'étais un enfant de la rue. Après avoir découvert SALT, grâce à Eric uwintawaza, et identifié mes forces, j'ai décidé de les utiliser pour rencontrer d'autres enfants de la rue. Je leur ai parlé, je les ai écoutés et, petit à petit, j'ai commencé à me faire des amis. Il n'a été pas facile de les approcher, car ils avaient des demandes auxquelles, personnellement, je ne pouvais répondre. Mais je me suis dit: Et si je leur racontre ma vie dans la rue et comment je m'en…Continue
“Autry as I listen to your experience, I am reminded of the story of the candle and the dark room. One candle when lit, offers a glimpse of what is in the room while in darkness. However, if more than one candle at a time, is lit, the total strength of the once dark room is eventually revealed.” Tricia, a colleague with whom I shared the rewarding experience in the ‘City of Stars’ [Chiang Dao] and ‘City of City’ [Chiang mai], especially about the local…Continue
This story is after a discussion with my team mate from Ruchira Neog , Voluntary Health Association of Assam (VHAA). I have also had discussion on this with my Bongaigaon and Udalguri teams.
Often I am asked why we have not focused on 'mothers' in our immunization project in Assam. Why have we engaged the family and the whole village. With 11 months of work, I reflect on this aspect of mothers vs family approach.
We invite every segment…Continue
We cannot go back to the old days, but we can go back to the old ways. It seems we were once more able to connect with nature and with eachother. Let's go back to that!
SALT is something close, within, not something outside of you. Do you agree?