Engaging facilitators in India

Shalini Kala

GIZ, through its CCA-RAI program in India, worked to promote a more inclusive climate change adaptation policy for rural populations, vulnerable to the uncertainty and negative consequences of changing climate. 

Towards this, it supported several adaptation-related innovations with partners across the country. In November 2011, CCA-RAI invited some of its consultants to participate in an introductory workshop on systematization, with the idea of having some of them on board to facilitate the process of systematization with pilot partners. The consultants showed lot of interest and were assigned pilots in consultation with partner organisations.

BARCIK team discussion 3

Looking back, facilitators were able to communicate intensely with all pilot partners (both virtually and face-to-face), all of whom came to depend on the facilitators – not just for the systematization exercise, but also for other technical inputs of climate change adaptation. This bonding with the facilitator played an important role in planning and implementing the whole systematization exercise. (In one case, the facilitator’s support was limited as the team felt more confortable discussing in Tamil, instead of English.) Some of the general recommendations were to

  • Involve facilitators in any capacity building exercise related to systematization (such as writing skills training, communication and dissemination discussions) for the implementing teams
  • Seek facilitator feedback to plan/design assessment or documentation related activities for their respective pilots
  • Continue to support pilot partner engagement with facilitators, though the intensity needed may not be as much since strong relationships have been built

Participants also mentioned the need to

  • work out a plan to digitize and translate reports into the local language in as little time as possible;
  • consider a face-to-face exercise of between 7 to 10 days long. More than that may not be practical and create other problems;
  • Even if drafts, insist on reports and presentation on findings by the end of the exercise or a few days after but do not delay it indiscriminately;
  • Work in consultation with al other facilitators to achieve all the above. Seek their feedback in designing any activities;
  • As much as possible continue with the same facilitator in time, an in this way get the benefit of an already established relationship of trust as well as facilitator’s understanding of the pilot.
  • Encourage sharing among facilitators to bring up issues and resolve them. A sharing meeting after the first round of systematization may help plan better for the second round.

This text was taken from the 2013 Report, “Experience with Systematization in the context of CCA-RAI pilot projects on climate change adaptation in rural India”.

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