APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The ABCD approach requires communities to be designers, implementers and evaluators of their own programs. ABCD identifies existing assets (physical, associations, institutions, individuals, local economy) and leverages them for use in the program design and management. It values the process as much as the outcomes, and makes organizations and community members accountable for both through participatory evaluation.
FSD will use a Training of Trainers approach, providing courses to its 30 program staff at 11 sites who will then make training available to all partners. The training will include participatory workshops with modules on techniques, case studies, and field visits to ABCD projects. As a criterion for participation, NGO partners will then implement the ABCD approach with their community constituents in at minimum one program within three months of the initial training. FSD staff will follow up with each participant to document and evaluate how the ABCD training has been used in the NGO programs. FSD site staff will provide refresher training and one-on-one support as needed.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The home office of FSD will design the core training program and case study formats by August 2011. The FSD site staff will customize the training modules for cultural appropriateness and local context, and complete the case studies by December 2011. The training will be offered to all NGO partners at the ten FSD sites between January and April 2012. FSD home office will design the evaluation tools and distribute by April 2012. The evaluation of the outcomes of the ABCD training will be facilitated by FSD site and conducted by NGO participant staff and community constituents by December 2012. According to the outcomes, refresher training and individual NGO support as needed will be provided in early 2013.
A challenge to international development is that many agencies see communities as 'clients' and exclude them from program design, implementation, or evaluation. Thus, many programs discontinue due to unfeasibility of long-term implementation, lack of enthusiasm by community constituents, or cultural inappropriateness. Another challenge is dependence of local NGOs on external resources - once start-up money and technical experts are gone, local NGOs and communities do not have the resources or knowledge to sustain the program, especially when things do not go according to plan. FSD works to enhance the capacity of NGOs to address socioeconomic issues in a community-based and sustainable manner. FSD provides training to partners in program design and management techniques that will help them achieve their goal.
Best Practice Information
FSD welcomes funding ($25000.00) and implementation partnerships and innovative ideas on best practices in community development.
Best Practice Information
FSD provides technical expertise and best practice information in commmunity-based program design and management for international development ventures. FSD can also offer insights into community-based partnerships and program operations. FSD staff are available for speaking engagements, educational/training seminars, and other technical support as an implementing partner.