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Capacity Building on RTI A Strong Vibrant Active Civil Society Information to Transformation Why build capacity? Emergence of civil society in 80s and 90s Only an active civil society can make the State more responsive and accountable

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capacity building on rti

Capacity Building on RTI

A Strong Vibrant Active Civil Society

Information to Transformation

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

why build capacity
Why build capacity?
  • Emergence of civil society in 80s and 90s
  • Only an active civil society can make the State more responsive and accountable
  • The constraints of governance are compounded by a weak civil society
  • Constant pressure on and incentive for the public agencies to perform better

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

designing a workshop
Designing a workshop
  • 3 Important stages: Before, during, and After
  • To be effective workshop must be on-going process: preparation, follow-up, impact
  • Learning between the workshops is crucial for improvement
  • Content to be tailored to the needs of participants

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

before the workshop planning designing
Before the WorkshopPlanning & Designing
  • Selection of participants
  • Key criteria: commitment to take it forward; desire to learn new skills; interested in networking & collaboration
  • Sharing accountability by participants
  • Testing participants’ interest by pre-reading material helps better allocation

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

content of the workshop
Content of the workshop
  • Clear profile of the participants necessary to tailor the content to the needs of the participants
  • Build on the skills and experience of the participants
  • Empowerment vs judgement of participants

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

creating a workshop team
Creating a workshop Team
  • Good communication and team work crucial for success of a workshop
  • Lead Trainer, facilitators, guest speakers, local, national, international resource persons
  • The support teams: administrative & staff (e.g.hotel)
  • Division of labour – clear roles and responsibilities
  • Set deadlines

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

proximate preparations
Proximate Preparations
  • Selecting the venue
  • Preparing materials
  • Organising travel arrangements
  • Final list of participants with full details
  • Necessary stationery
  • Information dissemination
  • Transportation

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

the workshop
The Workshop
  • Training methods
  • Technical equipments
  • Use of educational methods
  • Importance of ice-breakers,energizers, brain teasers,warm up games,

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

learning approaches
Learning Approaches
  • Learning from experience vs “injecting” information
  • Active participation vs passive lectures
  • Interaction and participatory techniques: role play, case studies, group discussions, brainstorming, mini-lectures, video presentations

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

after the workshop
After the Workshop
  • Evaluate and learn from the process
  • Adapt and update the checklist
  • Consider the feedback from the evaluation forms
  • Complete the documentation process
  • Prepare the financial report
  • Follow-up with facilitators and participants

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

writing a funding proposal
Writing a Funding Proposal
  • Necessary research, thinking and planning a must before writing
  • Why and for whom is the proposal?
  • “Know Thyself” (SWOT) and Know the donor
  • Understanding the context, setting the objectives, designing a process (Planning the project)

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

plan the project
Plan the Project
  • Project to reflect your organisation’s mission and strategy vs way to raise money
  • The issues or the problems the project intends to address
  • The objectives of the project
  • The process intended to achieve the objectives

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

the proposal structure
The Proposal - Structure
  • Title page
  • Summary page
  • Contents page
  • Body of the proposal – detailed content
  • Conclusions and budget
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography / references

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

follow up
Follow-up
  • 2 kinds of follow-up:

a) follow-up the proposal

b) follow-up the grant

“ Right communication of right information at the right time ”

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

thank you
Thank you
  • Thank You
  • For Your Patient Listening
  • Your Active Participation
  • And Your Valuable contributions
  • Design a RTI workshop
  • In your region
  • That will bring about a change
  • And lead to Transformation of society through the power of Information

Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007