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  1. Capacity Building on RTI A Strong Vibrant Active Civil Society Information to Transformation Cyril W. Vas PAC, Jan. 21-24, 2007

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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