Thursday, April 26, 2012

Micro-plan workshop
For the staff of LIFE & HARIT PRAYAS
At SJVS-Banswara
18th-22nd April 2012

1. Context
A 5 days micro-plan workshop has been facilitated by Caritas India at Banswara for the LIFE (SJVS-Banswara), HARIT PRAYAS (Sagar, Satna & Jhansi), NRM project (Sagar) and IDEA (Banswara) project staff with two basic objectives as:

  • To enhance the knowledge and hand on experience of the HARIT PRAYAS project staff on micro-planning.

  • Community mobilization for micro-planning to present and make it approve with different stakeholders ( including PRI, NABARD, KVK, district administration and district NREGA)

2. Process adopted:

2.1 Modules covered in the workshop
The workshop has covered 4 basic modules of micro-planning (designed prior to the workshop in consultation with the participants):

•Basics of micro-planning (includes understanding of Why, What, when, with whom of micro-planning)
•In field exercise on micro-planning with local field staff and community (includes ‘how’ part of micro-planning)
•Micro-plan in per se with strengthening PRI (stake holder analysis)         
•Gender in micro-plan (strengthening gender equity, gender balance and gender equality)

2.2 Day-wise work done

1st day: understanding the basic theory and exercises in relation with micro-planning. Key exercises involved developing socio-resource mapping, timeline, causal analysis, transect walk, FGD, individual interactions, and meeting with PRIs.

2nd & 3rd day: In field (facilitating community to developing micro-plan). In total we were 21 participants, divided in to 5 teams (each team has one field staff from SJVS Banswara as a team leader to lead the team).

At the end of the day in each and every village (where we were facilitating the micro-planning) we have presented the findings to the community members at Panchyat/anaganwadi or at school. On an average 50-60 community members have attended the presentation.

It’s the motivation of our team that with 46 degree Celsius temperature at Banswara whole day we have worked in the field.

4th day: Back from the field (few community members also joined us) and we have analyzed the micro-plan in 4 basic steps as:

  • Identifying key problem
  • Identifying available resources
  • Strengthening solutions from the community
  • Involvement of different stakeholders (stakeholder analysis) to address to problems identified. (In general most of the micro-plans get submitted to the Panchayat without considering that Panchayat would be able to address all those issues or not? Considering this we have facilitated community to develop micro-plans based on the need and support from the different stakeholders for the village development)

5th day: Back to the community and along with them meeting with the PRI members, KVK head and agriculture department and presentation & submission of the micro-plans to them for the approval and follow-up of the same.

The “teeth” of the process, the community scorecard process is basically a structured conversation between the frontline service providers and the users of that service to understand and address gaps in service delivery. The users decide on indicators to assess the service delivery and then both the users and the service providers assess delivery against these indicators. Once the micro-planning get completed, both groups come together in face-to-face meeting to discuss gaps in the scoring and jointly devise solutions. This prioritizes constructive conversation rather than confrontation but without diffusing the real problems that the community and frontline service providers face

3. What is so special about the workshop?
The workshop on micro-planning is an activity of LIFE project at SJVS-Banswara (for which Director SJVS-Banswara has requested Caritas India to facilitate the workshop), where space has been developed that project staffs from other dioceses and other projects could also be the part of workshop to enhance the hand on practice on micro-planning and cross learning amongst the staff from different projects and partners.

4. Key outcomes:
  • All the 20 participants of the workshop have clear cut understanding on micro-planning and could facilitate micro-planning exercises in their respective project villages.
  • Community members in the LIFE project villages have understood the concept of planning and bridging the gap through available resources and demanding (in systematic way) new resources (based on the need and priority).
  • 10 micro-plans have been developed by community in 10 LIFE project villages and 9 have been submitted by CBO members to concerned Panchayat, NABARD, KVK and agriculture department for the approval.
  • A local media channel has also covered the process of developing micro-planning.


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