Regional consultation and training workshop and collaborative learning activities. Summary Notes

Published: June 1, 2011 | By Save the Children US, University of Notre Dame, EISF | Library item

The Collaborative Learning Approach to NGO Security Management project, funded by USAID‐OFDA, recently held two key project events in East Africa. The project team held a Regional Consultation and Training Workshop in Nairobi (April 5‐8) which was followed by field research in Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya (April 11‐21). Staff from a wide range of international and local non‐governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya participated in the Workshop. Directly following the workshop, these participants returned to their countries of origin or work as part of a collaborative learning team’ led by a project staff and a regional facilitator. Each collaborative learningteam spent ten days conducting interviews and holding focus groups in the capital city and two field locations. The aim of the Regional Consultation and Training Workshop was twofold: 1) to generate a better understanding of acceptance as a security management approach, specifically including the field‐level perspective; and 2) to train participants in qualitative research methods and build their skills and capacity to conduct field research. The interviews and focus group discussions, conducted by research teams in the field, aimed to gather information on how NGOs understand acceptance, how they implement an acceptance approach to security management, and under what circumstances acceptance can be effective. We hope to glean new insights and practices from the diverse staff and stakeholders consulted throughout this process, which will inform a final policy and recommendations paper. This report provides an overview of these events, including their objectives and outcomes. The report is
structured in four parts:
1. Introduction to Workshop and Key Objectives
2. Introduction to Field Research and Key Objectives
3. Evaluating the Workshop and Field Research
4. Next Steps and Anticipated Outcomes