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Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches – Activities and Follow Up

Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches – Activities and Follow Up
29/11/2010

Thailand

DELGOSEA Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches in Pattaya, Thailand on November 18-25, 2010 was aimed to equip local coaches and partner Local Government Associations in providing adequate facilitation to support local governance Best Practices (BP) transfer and implementation by pilot cities.

The seven-day workshop’s programme was delivered in plenary and working group sessions. During the first two days, the coaches learned about local governance in Southeast-Asian context through the presentations of the following:

  • Decentralization and Local Governance: Revisit and Revitalization for Local Governments in Thailand, by Associate Professor Woothisarn Tanchai from King Prachathipok Institute. See also presentation 
  • Basic Understanding of Democratic Local Governance  With Focus on Institutional Governance, People Participation, Financial Management and Urban Environment, by Dr Peter Köppinger
    Project Director of DELGOSEA and Country Representative of  Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in the Philippines
  • Local Government Structures and Status of Decentralisation in the Five Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, by DELGOSEA National Coordinators

In the next three days, the workshop focused on group discussions, where coaches were grouped based on their selected themes of DELGOSEA BPs, namely  Institutional Governance, People Participation, Financial Management and Urban Environment.  These group discussions engaged coaches through several learning methodologies, among others:

  • World-Café conversations:  a group setting which encourages collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action. Participants are divided into small groups, with several tables and chairs for them to sit and chat like in a cafe. After finishing a discussion, each group takes turn to move to the next table. However, one person from each group must remain as a host and follow up the thread of chats. This process is intended to explore and deepen the substance of conversation topic.
  • Fish Bowl: an intensive discussion without dividing participants into small groups; up to four participants are to sit in circle while others stand nearby. Once the participants in the circle finish stating their opinions or comments, others could take seats and continue the process.
  • Marketplace: each group presents the result of their discussion through visual displays made from paper, cards, storyboard, etc.  Spokespeople from respective groups will be stand by to answer questions or offer explanations as members from other groups make a visit to each display.  

In the last two days, the workshop continued with plenary sessions to discuss the next steps:  BP Transfer Concept and monitoring and reporting of BP replications. At the final session, the local coaches and partner Local Government Associations (LGAs) in each country presented their activity plans to start BP transfer with selected pilot cities from March 2011 onwards. A further coordination meeting between LGAs and DELGOSEA’s National Coordinators to define concrete action plans is scheduled shortly after the workshop in participating country of Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

“Congratulations to all coaches for your commitment and hard work throughout the seven-day workshop. With the end of the workshop we have finalized the first project phase and are now ready to enter into the replication process. I would like to thank you and call for the support of all of you – the Local Government Associations in institutionalizing the training program into your organizations and spreading the knowledge amongst your network members; the political leaders in ensuring the political will to realize the replication of best practices, the coaches in playing their roles in facilitating the pilot cities with expert advice and trainings and finally, our DELGOSEA colleagues in ensuring smooth coordination. Let us join our forces and make this project a success – not for us, but for the good of the people," said DELGOSEA Project Manager, Susanne Stephan during closing ceremony, where certificates were awarded to local coaches.