Connecting local responses around the world
Dear community, some time ago I posted my ideas about facilitating CLCP in really large groups. These were some of my experiences which might be helpful if you face that challenge:
If you have 200 participants, I would aim to get at least 5 facilitators. 10 is even better.
- Brief well together the day before the event with these people. Prepare the room for both plenary (in a circle) as well as 5 or more groups with sufficient A4 paper, markers, flipchart etc.
- After introductions and expectations, let people draw their individual dreams about their district being competent (in terms of maternal and child health). Let them put the dreams together per group.
- Together, determine which practices would lead to a competent community? Aim for max 15 practices. Think about 'categories' that are not too technical. So these practices are different than the specific actions/ local responses that communities can do to advance on a particular practice. For example, my communities can organize monthly sessions on child health (the 'local response') to improve on the practice ('acknowledgement & recognition').
- Once you have that framework that everybody agrees upon and feels ownership on, ask them to do their self-assessment as a sub-community or district. Take time for this in order to stimulate a good discussion.
- Once this is done, they can choose three practices and draw up their action plan (POA) for the next 6-12 months (or any other timeframe they choose).
- The great opportunity you have is that the various sub-communities (e.g. districts) can learn and share with each other. If you have time for this, you can already put districts together that have something to learn from each other. For example district 1 wants to improve on practice 3. District 5 has already found some ways to improve on that. Enable time for these people to meet and discuss. You don't need too strict facilitation there. People will learn and exchange naturally.
- Take time for a way forward, especially related to the connection between the districts. How can they stay in touch and keep on learning? This will stimulate the actions to continue and keep motivation high.
Hope this helps!