As a part of this commitment, IFAW will facilitate a participatory process for six targeted communities in Bosnia (Prijedor, Sanski Most, Bihac, Lopare, Gradacac and Jajce) and the municipality of Puerto Natales in Chile to develop and implement effective, sustainable and humane dog population management programs. IFAW will assign a mentor to support the lead local contact. Additional IFAW personnel will provide expert or technical advice. The local lead will share information about community concerns and assist IFAW with the production of a situation analysis.
The process is intended to build consensus and ultimately aligning agendas towards a united effort at the local level. 30 stakeholders will first participate in a preliminary workshop to engage them with the issue through sharing their perceptions and elucidating the factors that influence their dog population. Participants will identify questions they need to answer in order to develop an effective plan, the information they need to formulate those answers, and assign themselves data collection tasks. IFAW will provide coaching and funding for data collection, analysis and presentation back to the stakeholder group.
A second workshop will further develop shared understanding of the community's concerns and potential management strategies through reviewing the data, developing a shared vision for how they live with their dogs, identifying action steps and local resources, and allocating tasks among the group. If the stakeholders develop a plan that appears locally sustainable in the long-term but needs start-up funds, IFAW will consider granting seed-funding to the initiative in order to develop capacities and infrastructure.
June 2013: Establish relationship and shared expectations with primary stakeholders in all targeted communities
July 2013: Stakeholder interviews and development of situation analyses
August 2013: Joint review of situation analysis reports. Determine potential for success of facilitated planning process according to defined criteria for each community (report)
September 2013: Develop and sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining shared expectations with communities that have a high potential for success
October - December 2013: Train UNDP-BiH facilitators and conduct introductory stakeholder workshops in communities
January - June 2014: Support stakeholders in dog population and human behavior data collection and analysis
June - August 2014: Conduct the second stakeholder workshops in communities at which plans are developed September 2014 to August 2015: Support the implementation of plans through targeted training, equipment or start-up grants
Puerto Natales, Chile
N.B. Veterinarians Without Borders - Latin America have already established good relationships with most stakeholders and some data have already been collected so the process is already underway.
July 2013: Train Veterinarians Without Borders - LA facilitators and conduct introductory stakeholder workshops in communities
August - October 2014: Support stakeholders in additional dog population and human behavior data collection and analysis
December 2013: Conduct the second stakeholder workshops in communities at which plans are developed
January 2014 - December 2015: Support the implementation of plans through targeted training, equipment or start-up grants
Wherever there are human communities there are dogs. In the absence of humane dog population management, communities suffer on-going risks of zoonotic diseases (such as hydatid which causes tumors and fatalities in humans), fear of aggression, public nuisance, and public exposure and eventual habituation to the trauma of inhumane animal management strategies or brutal intolerance.
Although there are many dog population management tools, there is no universal recipe for successful dog population management. Cultural and community-specific subtleties directly affect the potential for success of any intervention. Every community is unique; so are their dog management challenges. Community participation is essential to the development and implementation of a successful management plan. IFAW's most successful and sustainable programs for companion animals have been those in which the needs of the human community are addressed and the community has participated in both the development and implementation of programs, such as IFAW's Community Led Animal Welfare project in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This commitment seeks to develop and implement a facilitated planning framework for communities in Bosnia and Chile to identify their own strategies to address their unique concerns in their specific contexts. In Bosnia IFAW has been asked by the UNDP to assist six municipalities that identified roaming dogs as a security threat through the UNDP's Armed Violence Prevention Program Citizens Security Fora. People reported being scared to walk their streets or to let their children play outside because of the dogs. In an effort to reduce community violence and increase community health the UNDP in Bosnia is partnering with IFAW to implement this commitment. In Chile, IFAW will work Veterinarians Without Borders - Latin America and the municipality of Puerto Natales which has one of the highest prevalence of hydatid disease in the world (Chilean Ministry of Health) .
IFAW is seeking financial support, expert assistance from people or agencies with experience in designing and facilitating tools and processes that strengthen IFAW's workshops, assistance with using population/environment modeling to manipulate data and show stakeholders their management options, facilitator training, and infrastructure design and delivery. Assistance is also requested with targeting and marketing to audiences to foster behavior changes in specific communities.
IFAW is seeking to partner with development agencies and NGO's that are interested in bringing its HCD Program to communities where delivery of services, community violence, social cohesion, and family and community health are identified challenges. IFAW will provide training on its approach, share materials and expertise, and provide seed-funding for on-the-ground projects depending on available financial support. IFAW will provide exposure and recognition to sponsors.