STEP Training in Europe

The fourth and last training of the STEP project took place in Macedonia from the 26th to the 31st of February 2018. This training was hosted by the CCIVS member organisation CID: Center for Intercultural Dialogue and welcomed participants from European organisations.

The participants were from 6 different organisations from Europe:

 Concordia (FRANCE) Concordia FR Color
 Egyesek (HUNGARY) egyesek
 SCI Hellas (GREECE) SCI Hellas
 Solidarités Jeunesses (FRANCE) SJ France
 SCI (CATALUNYA) SCI Catalunya
 CID (MACEDONIA) CID

 

This training aimed to work on organisational management through a process of analysis and impact measurement. Using the experience of the participants and the two trainers (Matina Delgado and Oriol Josa), the group went through different steps in order to analyse the main topics related to the management of IVS organisations.

These main topics were identified thanks to the model of the pentagon which was created in Latin America and finally developed by CCIVS in order to foresee the IVS organisations empowerment through the analysis of 5 main dimensions: structure, functioning, communication, relationships and financial sustainability.

The training was organised in a way that every topic had at least one dedicated session in order to reflect on the challenges faced by each organisation and try to find common solutions for these issues. More than just theoretical sessions, these 4 days of training included practical and analytical sessions and encouraged the participants to share their experiences and best practices.

Each topic was divided in two main phases, the first one was aiming to identify the challenges and reflect on the current situation; meanwhile the second one was about sharing in plenary session the different elements identified previously and work on common solutions that can help to tackle the issues.

This training about organisational managements has per aim to create a new training course programme about empowering IVS organisations through the different dimensions already mentioned above.

Something that we should keep in mind is that no organisation can be sustainable in a long-term strategy if there is no balance between the 5 dimensions of the pentagon. It is a must that we insure the use of good practices in each dimension in order to be able to keep a sustainable organisational management system.

The end of the training was dedicated to the impact measurement and aimed to prepare the participants to the field visits that were organised in cooperation with the 5 different organisations that attended this training. This last phase was the occasion to show the first results obtained after the three first STEPs training in Africa (Ghana), Asia (Cambodia) and Latin America (Costa Rica). This impact measurement takes place for few years now and is reinforced all along thanks to the collaboration between IVS organisations and networks, universities and trainers.

The field visits following the training were the very last days of practical analysis for this STEP project. It is time now to gather all the information collected in the different continents and analyse these datas that will be presented in the last meeting of the project, next April.

This last training was a successful and enriching meeting for all the participants and brought European organisations to talk together about issues that are most of the time common, even though each IVS organisation faces specific problems that depend on their own situation and context.

 

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Overview of Recent Updates

There is something amazing in the CCIVS which is about gathering so much diversity: cultural, organisational, geographical,… in just one movement; with similar goals and vision, but so many different realities. The CCIVS is in over 90 countries (how many languages do we speak, how different are our lives, our conditions…) and however we consider to go in one direction, to search for common goals (peace, interculturality, sustainability,…) with common methodologies: workcamps, IVS.

 

And yet, what makes us amazing is also the source of some of our main weaknesses: our difficulty as a network, as CCIVS, to care, to monitor such diversity, such quantity of organisations within the movement.

The STEPS project was launched in order to start solving such fundamental challenge. If part of the mission of CCIVS is to empower its member organisations so that they achieve the goals of IVS; how is it possible that CCIVS is not able to know the needs of each of its members, to address the main challenges with support and training? The EC went around these questions for some years, and in the GA in Korea, 2014, made the decision to develop a Monitoring and Empowerment System for the network. And STEPS is the project to place the grounds for such system. With STEPS we are aiming to be in the 4 regions (Asia, Africa, America, Europe), developing a process of deep diagnosis with members, and at the same time implementing organisational development trainings which allow members to reflect and work on their own needs, challenges and potentials.

 

Up to now, we have had a  STEP experience in Africa, with an international training in Ghana, hosted by Volu; and wonderful participants also from Astovot Togo, ADC Congo DR, UPA Uganda,  VWAN Nigeria, who also hosted training processes in their countries. In Asia, a training in Cambodja, hosted by CYA, with participants from Ruchi India, VSA Thailand, SCI Hong Kong, IWO Korea. And in America, a training hosted by ACI Costa Rica, and participants from Siijuve Mexico, Chiriboga in Equador, BVBP in Perú, Subir al Sur in Argentina. The process, for those of us who are living it from within: participants, hosts, trainers, network representatives, is being so enriching! It opens up the detailed reality and histories of each organisation, the non-theoretical but very practical understanding of the needs and genuinity of IVS organisations in their countries; the belonging to local cultures, and at the same time the will and capacity to be working for a global dream.

A very important part of the training and research process we are implementing is also the fact that we are continuing with the Impact research of the last years (CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS), now focussing in the impact on communities. By interviewing community members who have been in contact with IVS projects we will end up the project with testimonies in 20 countries in 4 regions, which will contribute to the global research, and add up to the 40 professionals participating in international projects and more than 100 people trained in their own countries.

So as you see, we are doing STEPS forwards. Now in January it is time for the STEP experience in Europe: hosted by CID in FYROM, with also SCI-Hellas, Concordia and SJ France, SCI-Catalunya and Egyesek Hungarian participants. We better be ready for the challenge!

If you didn’t take the STEPS train with this first project, prepare your ticket now: we are already preparing a project to apply for a grant so that we can go on with the continuation of this empowerment process for the next years! The paths ahead are open: let’s STEP into them together!

Oriol Josa

(photo credit:  Gianni Orsini)

STEP Kick off Meeting, Paris

STEP is an ambitious 2-year project coordinated by CCIVS and focused on capacity training, need assessment and impact measurement. What makes this project special is the fact that it will involve 4 big networks (SCI, Alliance, NVDA, ICYE) and that its activities will have a global dimension: the 4 trainers Oriol, Francesco, Matina and Sam will visit 4 continents to deliver training in several countries around the globe.

Such a challenging initiative requires proper preparation, and this is the reason why the trainers and members of the networks involved met the CCIVS office (represented by Vicky and Mauro) to plan the different STEPs. The meeting, hosted by SJ from at the end of March 2017, was very fruitful: participants discussed about logistic issues and defined the tools to be used in the training and in the field visits. The first STEP will be in Africa in May and June 2017, and will include a training hosted by VOLU Ghana  and visits in DRC (ADCDD), Uganda (UPA), Nigeria (VWAN) and Togo (ASTOVOT).