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Botswana encourages communities to take the lead in HIV response

(I had the privilege to talk to Gloria, Acting chief information, Education and Communication and Chanana, information, Education and Communication both from National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), Botswana Government. Here is a note from our conversation. It was held in Entebbe October 2017. Kudos to NACA and Botswana Government have recognised the critical role of communities for an effective response to HIV and have taken a bottoms up, strength-based…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 3, 2018 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Why ASHA/health worker wants to transfer SALT to another village?

BackgroundIn 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…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 20, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Families take responsibility for immunization of the children...the onus is not solely on the mother

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…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on February 23, 2018 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

When people tell stories in a right environment, it is not bragging. It is empowerment!

Siobhan Marsh, a young professional from Generate Worldwide and based in Melbourne was visiting India with her students. She invited me to speak to her students on – how can young people engage mindfully in community building and development. For me this was a SALT visit to the group of youth about 16-18 years of age. I was not the expert. What could I do to learn from them and they could learn from each other?…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on January 15, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Community designs its own reminder

In current times, we use technology to remind us - our phones, google calendar and so on. In our project on immunization in Assam in a tiny village, people wanted to remember the date of next vaccination schedule of their babies. What did they do? Read on...

In Village Silamahikhati (Kamrup Rural) where facilitator VHAA- Deepak Nath…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on January 3, 2018 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Rehabilitation programme centred around residents of rehab centre

Vanessa Moorghen, Mauritius shared this experience with me during the Global Learning Festival in 2016

I work with Chrysalide, a rehabilitation centre for women who use drugs and alcohol.

From the beginning of Chrysalide in 2004 we structured the centre in a way that a person coming for admission should start her therapy the day after joining. This means that the new resident has to immediately take on the responsibilities at the centre including therapy, participating…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 25, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Self-assessment triggers conversation on gender roles

Let's go to Northeastern part of my country, India. A remote, beautiful village with paddy fields, surrounded by hills- Tinkonia Part one, Bongaigaon, Assam. This is the location of my story where we are working on immunization.

For the past three months our CNES team has been doing home visits in this community. On 5th June, we gathered different sub-groups in the community to discuss what is their dream for healthy children in the village.

Then next day on 6th June about 40…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on July 25, 2017 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Ilkley community response to learning disability- "Sowing the seeds, then let them flower"

Local response- in the Constellation we define a local response (am citing Philip Forth from our blended learning programme)- A community can take action to deal with a challenge that it faces. These actions form a 'Local Response'. They contrast with a solution imposed on a community by experts from outside the community.Last week, Phil took us for a SALT visit in his town Ilkely. Here is what I observed on the local response. 

15th May 2017…Rainy morning…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Leader should be like an inverted pyramid who holds the space for the team to thrive

This blog describes what the visiting team learned from SALT visit to appreciate SAATHI community centre of Institute of Social Studies Trust, Delhi and the response of the host community to the SALT visit. Blog has been jointly compiled with Markus and Amita and inputs from Sudipta and Ragini. There is a short After Experience Reflection by the SALT team.…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 25, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Our collective harvest

10 am on 31st March..Insitute of Social Studies Trust office, Delhi

About 20 of us from different backgrounds and profiles ( medical doctors, researchers, evaluators, managers, implementing agency staff, librariarn, accountant, private sector consultant, development sector consultant, etc!) met  for Jean Louis Lamboray’s book presentation. This was followed by some deep discussions. Here is what we harvested together. I have the privilege to post it. …


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 15, 2017 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Are we Listening to and appreciating the communities?

ILO's global strategy on decent work for domestic work consists of strengthening national capacities and institutions including policy and legislative reform. In order to strengthen the domestic worker movement in Delhi and Chennai, Ms Reiko Tsushima, International Labour Organisation, ILO  shares her experience in use of community life competence approach to build competent domestic workers and development of Self assessment. Suneetha Eluri, ILO recorded the video in Chennai October…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 25, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

‘Active listening’ in the family

Background: In the Systemic participatory action research project by Institute of Development Studies for Freedom Fund and Geneva Global we are using SALT with four organisations in the states of Bihar and UP in India. We have noted that facilitators from the NGOs are observing transformation in their own personal lives through SALT. Here are stories from my team mates at PGS  from UP who have started paying more attention to listening not only to the communities but also to their family…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Should community decide what they want? why should they dream?

National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (NILERD) is an autonomous Institute under NITI Aayog ( erstwhile Planning commission), Government of India. NILERD organises M&E course for foreign professionals. I took a session on SALT and its application in M&E and development.

We had a lot of discussion around importance of us asking the communities what they want rather than going with our pre-determined agenda. A participant from Kenya remarked that the…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 15, 2016 at 11:32pm — No Comments

How can we listen and respond to the neighborhood?

This is a story from two creative people who are associated with Salvation Army UK and have expertise in video documentation- John Anscombe and Neil Maclnnes.  The blog captures their perspective as observers of SALT process in the community. Neil filmed the Glocon in the US. Neil on his return to the UK shared his experience with John. I happened to note their insights!…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 1, 2016 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

Why SALT in Systemic Participatory Action research?

I am part of the Systemic Participatory Action research project on modern slavery (bonded labour, child labour and trafficking) in two states- Bihar and UP in India. IDS with Praxis is leading the action research and the project is supported by Freedom Fund and Geneva Global and is being facilitated by eight NGOs. I captured some thoughts of facilitators from PGS and TIP on why SALT can be effective in in Systemic Participatory Action research? …

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 28, 2016 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Short and Sweet Global Learning Festival Newsletter day four

Constellation and Le Pont du Tamrinier have organised the Global Learning Festival fwhere we are sharing and exchanging on community response to different issues.

Here comes the newsletter number four. Its short and sweet.

We are spending today and tomorrow on building knowledge assets with communities. You will short notes on that, meeting of national country teams, powerful sharing on…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 7, 2016 at 3:41am — No Comments

Global Learning Fest newsletter day three- creative!

Here is the newsletter number 3 from the Global Learning Festival. I liked the following elements from the contributions

  • Creative- there is a drawing, poem etc
  • French colleagues responded!
  • Three nice things of the day
  • Virtual participants shared!
  • Collaborative newsletter




Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 6, 2016 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

Collaborative Global Learning Festival Newsletter 2016- Day two

Today in the Global Learning Festival we divided into four teams to being the SALT visits. The joy and excitement on the faces of the team members who returned from the SALT visits was a beautiful sight. How just listening, learning and appreciating can stimulate community to respond- simple yet powerful. Read the details in today's newsletter



Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 5, 2016 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Collaborative Newsletter Global Learning Festival 2016 - Day one

The newsletter is GLF 3rd April Attachment

In a nutshell…

People arrived from about 11 countries. Conversations flow…the application of SALT is moving to many more areas. SALT is beginning to permeate in all spheres of personal as well as professional life.  SALT begins from self, thereafter with the family. Moving to the profession we apply it  with our…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 4, 2016 at 5:38am — No Comments

Community can find a solution to its own problems

[Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) with support from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) will undertake impact evaluation of Constellation’s SALT approach for  community involvement in increasing immunization coverage in three districts of Assam in India. Today the project kicked off to share and receive inputs from   government officials at an event held in Guwahati. During the meeting, Dr. Biraj Kanti Shome, Consultant, Community Processes (Regional…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on February 27, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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