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What if we connect as human beings?

Team of five- a husband-wife duo, two brothers, engineer, dietician, doctor, footballer, MBA, from two different states, stationed in front of the computer screen and conversation on skype! I knew the couple but others I  met for the first time on skype and I dared to ask a very philosophical question 'what makes us human'.

The answers were - we are human because we…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 13, 2015 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Don't label us

Venue: Community Development Journal conference Edinburgh,

Time: late afternoon,– 2nd July 2015

 I was attending the session on Raising Refugee Women’s Voices facilitated by Fiona Ballantyne in which shared how her organization has tackled key issues around asylum and international protection, and the extent to which ‘institutions’ have responded to the insights and aspirations of refugee and asylum seeking women.

Two women both from Africa shared their…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 3, 2015 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

Dream building in Monitoring and Evaluation

On 21st Sep, I shared about Constellation's SALT approach and community life competence process with 27 students of Monitoring and Evaluation course organised by Government of India in Narela near Delhi. The students are professionals from different countries of the world.

There was a moment when when I asked them of their dream for Monitoring and Evaluation in year 2020. In groups they discussed on this and the discussion was very rich. It was even richer, vibrant when each group…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

​SALT to build community leadership

Sarah Mount from Anti-Slavery International invited me  to conduct a training for one of its partner NGOs, Jan Jagriti Kendra (JJK) based in Chhattisgarh (India). JJK works with communities who go to other states of India for work and end up being bonded labourers especially in brick lins.

In the learning event there were 40 participants including NGO staff, volunteers and community members.  JJK team noted that their challenge in working with communities was that community members…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 10, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Self-assessment & SALT visit to homes of domestic workers

Background- We have been using community life competence process to develop self assessment framework for domestic workers on decent working conditions. This is in Delhi under an ILO partnership with Institute of Social Studies Trust. In CLCP, after the communities develop a common dream, we facilitate self assessment ie where they are in terms of their dreams and where they want to go. Similarly, under this project in a workshop about 20-25 domestic workers did their…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on July 18, 2015 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Community life competence for stimulating domestic workers’ response to their working conditions

I had the opportunity to facilitate community life competence process with domestic workers. This is part of the work for which Reiko and Suneetha from ILO Delhi office have invited us to use the approach to develop a participatory monitoring tool for the domestic workers on their working conditions. The event brought together domestic workers, their families, NGOs, employers, Trade unions and ILO staff . We saw slight changes emerge which gave us hope. Reflections showed that strength-based…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on June 16, 2015 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Dream of Domestic workers

 “Our biggest dream is that our employers treat us with love and care and dignity. They trust us and value our work. They do not discriminate against us. We have the same blood as them.” That was the comment by one of the domestic worker in her early thirties.  This dream was echoed by 20 domestic workers of Kalyanpuri area in outskirts of Delhi. They said that some employers are nice but some are very harsh. Some even keep different utensils for them to eat. It takes both sides to…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 29, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

SALT builds cross-generational relationships among older & younger women

Mid afternoon sun shines bright as we pass by a garden to Agnes house.  She is the secretary of older persons group in Kabaale, a suburb community of Entebbe, Uganda. What surprises us is that out of about 13 women there are three women who are much younger- two in their late thirties and one is 16 years old Paulina. Multiple generations coming together in meeting convened by older women is common in this community. When people are raised in different time periods, their thinking can be…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Constellation now offers Blended learning course in English, French & Spanish / La formation intégrée de la Constellation en français, anglais et espagnol

Do you want to help your community move forward using their own strengths?

Interested to facilitate the Community Life Competence Process as a practical approach to build, strengthen and sustain communities?

The Constellations Blended Learning Course might fit your needs!

 What can I expect?

The Constellations Blended Learning…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 18, 2014 at 9:51pm — 1 Comment

Jean Louis podcast : power of a positive outlook on people & situations

Robyn Stratton-Berkessel interviewed Jean Louis Lamboray, Chair of the Constellation.  I got to know some aspects of the Constellation story which I did not know before and thoroughly enjoyed Robyn's sweet voice and JL's humour. This also demonstrates the power of Podcasts and how hearing a voice, emotion in the voice, laughter, interaction between the interviewer and the interviewee  can connect you greater with the person and the story. Thank you…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 14, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Sprinkling SALT in Jammu and Kashmir government

 Today, Institute of Applied Manpower Research invited me to facilitate a session of Community life competence and SALT with a group of government officers from Jammu and Kashmir. The participants found it very hard to answer the question- what are you proud of? If you ask us what are your failures are it is very easy to answer. We are not used to this question. Concluding remark was that if one is appreciated one is more likely to take action!

Here is the…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 1, 2014 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

SALT with government officers

IAMR invited me to orient government officers from Jammu and Kashmir on community life competence and SALT. There were 22 officers, young group. It was last day of their five day training and they were to leave in the evening. 

We spent the beautiful morning discussing what makes us human. Out came many virtues, values, emotions, the sharing was deep. We are in no hurry for the tea break, they said! We shared stories and identified strengths in each other.…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on June 21, 2014 at 11:51pm — 3 Comments

Women realized their strengths, took action

Here I want to tell you a story, a story of women who were quiet and shy. What happened that they turned champions of the community? This is an example of  what we call in the Constellation a 'local response'. 

India competence trained the CARE EMPHASIS team in Mumbai who applied Community life competence on the issue of HIV with the migrant community for past 10 months.  Care team informed us that before community life competence process, a Self help group (SHG) of women in Bangla…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Community devises its strategy on Transfer

In development sector, we talk about going to scale. Can the NGOs do this on their own with limited funding and small staff? What if the community takes on the responsibility to share their vision, strategies and actions on issues they have taken action? What would happen? Here is an example from Mumbai area in India where the Constellation team, India competence, facilitated community life competence a strength-based approach with migrant communities on the issue of  HIV. Some interesting…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 24, 2014 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Do we 'ever' learn?

I was fortunate to attend a session by Chris Collison, Knowledge Management specialist on learning.  He was one of the speakers at Africa Evaluation Association Conference  held recently in Yaounde, Cameroon. Here are some of the points Chris shared:

Individual learning happens naturally. When we move from individual learning to group of people learning collectively there is a big leak. Learning does not spread naturally from person to person. Moreover, learning decays over time when…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 11, 2014 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

HIV testing begins to rise after CLC: M&E officer

Brief English translation

In this video, Yamuna Nayak, M&E officer CARE EMPHASIS project, Mumbai shares her experience of community life competence (CLC). India competence has been working with her team on community engagement in this project on cross-border migration and HIV.

Pre CLC scenario- Our team…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 9, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments

CLC fosters ownership on HIV among women migrants

Here is a brief translation in English- 

Sanskruti Desais is project coordinator of Bangla speaking community under the Care India EMPHASIS project in Mumbai on cross-migration and HIV. In this video she elaborates on how after application of community life competence with Bangla speaking migrant women, the ownership on the issue of HIV has risen. She…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 4, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

From interventionist to facilitative, strength-based approach

CARE EMPHASIS team works on issue of cross-border migration and HIV.  For last few years the team in  Mumbai has been working in destination for Nepali and Bangla speaking migrant community. The work includes providing information on HIV, outreach, infotainment etc. However engaging the community in HIV response was a challenge. 

Here is what happened…

Scenario in April 2013

CARE invited us (India competence) in April 2013 to introduce community life competence to…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 22, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

We brought together communities through Skype

India competence is a group of people and organisations in India who believe in strength-based approaches like Community life competence. We meet on skype everymonth. But in Feb 2013 we decided to facilitate conversation between communities from two States in India- Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It was exciting for Anthony, Prabakar and me to join in with communities on Skype. We decided that let funds not stop an interaction between us and communities. Here are the minutes and after…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

A taste of SALT and M&E

Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR), a government institute, Delhi, India invited me to facilitate a session on strength-based approach and evaluation. IAMR is conducting a three month course on Monitoring and Evaluation for international students.

Strength-based approaches believe that in every environment there are individuals,…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on March 15, 2013 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

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