Stepping stones : a training manual for sexual and reproductive health communication and relationship skills.
This manual is adapted for use in South Africa from the original Stepping Stones package produced by Alice Welbourn, (see document number 1078) that was originally designed for use in small rural communities in Uganda. In making the adaptation it was recognised that many South Africans live in cities and that in such communities change may be achieved if communities are seen as people from a neighbourhood, a school, a women's goup, a football club, church group etc. All the exercises are designed however, so that they can be used in either rural or urban settings, with literate and non-literate people.
This training manual is part of the "Internal Learning System" which is a participatory monitoring and evaluation system for grassroots livelihoods and micro-finance programmes, developed in India. Accompanying the member level diary, this manual gives pictorial direction of a series of exercises for member training meetings. It includes topics such as looking at socio-economic conditions, collecting and analysing data and using loans effectively.
This manual is an effort to fill the gap on the subject of farmers' institution building for watershed management in India. Strong farmers' organisations are the foundation of successful watershed development programmes, as well as associated income generating activities that also ensure women's empowerment and sustainable resource use. Gaps in participatory integrated watershed management training for the Himalayas and rainfed areas have been identified, bought about by most training and extension institutions in this region being modelled on top down management approaches rather than people or farmer led programmes. Many traditional approaches to the sustainable use of land, water and forest resources have been lost. This manual aims to provide structured training in participatory integrated watershed management that will assist the farmers in organising themselves. The manual is modular and organised in two sections: the first provides an overview of initial activities essential to the process and the seconds deals with the effective functioning of the groups themselves.
Empowering communities : participatory techniques for community-based programme development. Volume 2: Participant's handbook
An accompaniment to the training course Empowering Communities: Participatory Techniques for Community Based Programme Development (see C: Training Guides and Manuals, 3484), this guide is designed to provide participants with key points for each session, case studies, exercises and a structured format for keeping notes during their field experience. It does not serve as a stand-alone guide, but is a tool for use with the course. It is divided into three main sections: key points from training sessions; case studies, exercises and PLA resources and field notes. It provides the key points of the information presented during training, to enable participants to focus less on taking notes and more on participating actively during the sessions. It is by no means exhaustive and participants are encouraged to read additional materials on their own.
"Developing and using practical and appropriate community indicators is one of the most effective ways of engaging people's interest in their community, enabling them to identify and clarify what things are most important to them and what they would like to change." This guide introduces the idea of sustainable local communities and sustainability indicators. It provides ideas for how community members can get together, choose indicators, gather information, communicate progress and take action. At the back of the guide there are listings of useful people and projects in the UK, a list of jargon in use and examples of indicators chosen by communities.
We all take economic decisions in our everyday life yet we are led to believe that "economics" is best left to the experts - that it is a beast beyond most people's understanding and control. This book is one representation of the efforts of everyday people to take matters into their own hands. It is a compilation of materials developed by community groups and economic educators who have collectively explored local, national and international systems and dynamics. It represents voices that, like the vast majority of people, don't benefit from economic policies but together say "We can understand economics. We know what is at stake. And we demand a voice at the table of economic decision-making, alongside the lobbyists and politicians". The book is divided into five sections:
À Popular Patterns (in our experience)
À Threading it Together: Activities
À The Fabric of our Work: Issues and Analysis
À Expressions (of our discontent): Using Multi-media Creatively
À Resources: Individual and Organisational Contacts
The purpose of the book is to share these activities with other people in the interest of economic and political empowerment. It aims to get rid of confusing language and put economics into terms that everyone can easily understand. It provides copious tools: it is full of activities that encourage involvement, understanding, learning and action.
This is a publication that describes how the Internal Learning System (ILS) monitors self-help savings and credit groups. It consists of charts and tables of measurement that ILS groups use to monitor their progress in areas such as improving their shelter, living conditions, empowerment, etc.
Learning Friend Diary for staff and area organizers : a training guide : internal learning system for livelihood and micro-finance programs
This booklet follows in a series of publications that highlight the methods and objectives of the Internal Learning System. This particular document guides organisers of internal learning system programs to reflect on the effectiveness of program inputs and strategies and make improvements to the programs based on these observations.
Internal learning system : a participatory monitoring and evaluation system for grassroots livelihoods and micro-finance programs
This booklet describes a participatory monitoring and evaluation system for grassroots livelihoods and micro-finance programs. It contrasts the traditional techniques used to monitor and evaluate credit programmes with those of the group-oriented internal learning system (ILS). It gives details of how ILS works, a five step process involving collecting information, assessing the direction of change, analysing the information, planning based on learning and the documentation of results. Throughout it emphasises the participatory, flexible, simple, and decentralised method of the ILS.
This is a group diary/training guide manual for trainers and organisers who work with the Participatory Internal Learning System for Micro-Finance Programs. The group diary tracks information on how a self-help group is progressing with its savings and credit program. This document discusses the group level of operation of the internal learning system that is composed of four levels: member, group, area organiser, and program levels. It provides skits and various examples of how groups collect, assess, think, plan, and share information about each other and how this collective interaction enables them to function more efficiently and achieve their tasks.
This is a comic-style training booklet detailing a community in the Philippines deciding to change things for themselves following an illness from drinking dirty water. By organising themselves to establish a safe water supply they expose many other community issues and form a core group to tackle them. The booklet details how the group develops using a community information and planning system (CIPS) and eventually set up of a variety of schemes and village committees.