Connecting local responses around the world
This is a question we ask ourselves here in DR-Congo. RDCCompetence worked on a partnership with UNOPS in the East of Congo. The Terms of Reference demanded sensitization amongst road communities along a newly constructed highway. RDCCompetence responded, but demanded they would do it ‘their way’. They won the selection process.
So they selected facilitators, transferred the approach, practiced in communities together, established 2 good SALT teams. After facilitating self-assessment in a number of communities, they also conducted sensitization sessions with the wider group of communities that demanded more knowledge. Most of the facilitators of RDCC are trained peer educators as well. Actually, that’s how they got to know each other.
Can a facilitator wear two hats? Is it desirable or not?
Our experience in Papua New Guinea showed that communities demanded sensitization sessions, but the Linking with NGOs didn’t work. All the NGOs said: “we don’t work in that area” or other reasons. So Goroka still didn’t get an awareness session….Should our local team of facilitators have done it if they had the capacity to do it?
What do you think?
Laurence and Gaston
Simply it recognises that we can vary the amount of contribution to content of the discussion we can make, and the amount of interaction with other participants we have. ‘Socratic direction’ by the way, is the art of asking questions to lead the participants to an answer. I think we all do that without realising it much of the time.