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Fsd overview kevin

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Fsd overview kevin

  1. 1. Occidental College 12 December 2013
  2. 2. connect with us!
  3. 3. about me
  4. 4. our mission FSD achieves community-driven goals through asset-based development and international exchange in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  5. 5. our vision FSD envisions a world where all people have the opportunity and capacity to direct economic, social, and environmental resources toward sustainable outcomes that improve their lives and communities.
  6. 6. sites, sectors & programs • • • • • • • • PROGRAMS •Capacity building of community partners •Grants for community partner projects •Training programs for volunteers SECTORS health economic development youth development education environment appropriate technology human rights gender equity
  7. 7. by the numbers 300 242 $846,250 262 45 308 17
  8. 8. founding principles • FSD was established 1995 • Alicia Robb, PhD in Economics • Founding country: Nicaragua, 1995 • Invest in local leadership and organizations – advance missions • Community-driven, asset-based • Reciprocity is key - development mission and approach drive all programming and operations. • Non-profit, social entrepreneurial model (not donor-driven)
  9. 9. community partners • • • • • 300 community partners across our 10 program sites Dynamic leadership | Small staff size | Limited resources Deep roots within the community Beneficiaries are ‘poor’ or ‘extremely poor’- focus on marginalized Already working in or willing to try our development approach
  10. 10. our value to partners • Community strengths | asset-based development • Sustainable, participatory program design and management • Organizational and leadership development • Seed funding and capital investment • Partnerships and networking
  11. 11. our approach Strengths-based, participatory development Typology of power / ladder of participation: ABCD Institute, Arnstein Sustainable Community Development Community as Clients
  12. 12. community partners
  13. 13. our team Program Sites Home Office San Francisco, California
  14. 14. community-based development Year-round support led by local Program Directors: •Partnership development •Beneficiary engagement / participatory approaches •Project Design and Management •Budgeting •Monitoring & Evaluation •Strategic planning •Networking •Workshops •Training of Trainers •One-on-one support
  15. 15. training programs Intern Abroad • Individual internship | 9-52 weeks • Grant eligibility • 4 sessions annually, multiple start dates Global Service Trips • Student and corporate group programs • 1-4 weeks | Custom start dates • Pre-departure project development Group Engage • 2-5 person groups | 6-12 weeks • Standard or custom start dates Pro Corps • Professional volunteers | 2-52 weeks Traveling Giving Circles • 8-15 donors travel to FSD Partner Organizations inneed of project funding • Participants decide how they will allocate their pooled funds
  16. 16. training programs Program Framework • Pre-departure seminars (custom) • Host family stays • In-country orientation: logistical, cultural, developmental context • Community development training • Project work plan/budget development • Grant proposal writing • Continuing education seminars • Reflection activities and midterm retreat • Ongoing personal/technical support in group and individual settings • Debriefing/exit interviews • Post program activities
  17. 17. university partnerships
  18. 18. what sets FSD apart? 1. FSD is an international development organization that provides opportunities for graduate, undergraduate, and bridge year students to engage in real community development work—instead of a typical study abroad or drop-in service project program. 2. Our programs are structured and supportive as we provide ongoing educational and cultural activities, logistical support, and round-the-clock safety and security support by our dedicated site team staff. 3. We offer rigorous participatory development, community engagement, cultural integration, and project management training that students apply in the field. 4. We are as much concerned about community outcomes as student learning outcomes. 5. Our program frameworks, values, and partnerships reflect our community outcome priorities; this deepens the student experience through more critical reflection on issues of power, privilege, social identity, and the role of international development. 6. Working year-round at our 10 program sites builds strong relationships with our host families and community partners, making our programs safe and culturally immersive.
  19. 19. training curricula/pedagogy Program Goals Complementing academic coursework goals, the fieldwork program supports students in community-driven program work that enables students to be: • Highly immersed in the local culture • Engaged learners in global development issues and community-based approaches • Effective at designing and building collaborative educational and social programs • Skillful in adapting and displaying sensitivity to cultural, social and political differences
  20. 20. training curricula/pedagogy General Learning Outcomes Complementing academic program Learning Outcomes: •Demonstrate global competency in a developing country setting •Demonstrate an understanding of varying approaches to community development •Apply community-based development principles •Use participatory approaches of community project design and management •Expand perspectives of critical social and economic issues faced in the host country, and of effective approaches to address them •Understand application of community engagement approaches for home contexts
  21. 21. training curricula/pedagogy • International development / foreign aid approaches – Development paradigms – History of participatory development • Values-based discourse on ethics of engagement – Social identity – Motivation of participation – Ethics case studies • Cross-cultural/global competencies – Fundamental patterns of cross-cultural differences – Cross-cultural challenges and strengths – Personal reflection techniques • Group dynamics – Personal assets/challenges – Collaboration and teambuilding tools – Intra- and intergroup communication* Customized seminars for students, faculty and professionals
  22. 22. training curricula/pedagogy Community-based development – principles and practice • Principles of community-based development • Project design & management • Participatory design tools: • asset mapping, stakeholder mapping, appreciative inquiry, positive deviance, participatory action research • Capacity/skills enhancement • Appropriate evaluation • Contingency planning • Program sustainability factors
  23. 23. training curricula/pedagogy Thematic Curricula – Social entrepreneurship – Global health – Microenterprise – Microfinance – Education – Youth development – Gender Equity – Environment – Appropriate technology
  24. 24. strategic planning tools Work Plan and Budgets (SMART) 24
  25. 25. community-based tools • community visioning • stakeholder mapping • ABCD: asset mapping • ABCD: capacity inventories • positive deviance • • appreciative inquiry • participatory monitoring & evaluation • participatory action research community mapping
  26. 26. sample community project Intern Abroad Location: Masaka, Uganda Volunteers: Duke University students Community Partner: Lwemodde Youth Group (LYG) Project: Expanding Solar Power • Trained 15 members to understand, operate, and repair their equipment; set up new installations throughout the region • Provided power to 10 local households, enabling local students to study and shopkeepers to earn more income • LYG’s own internet café (nearest 1 hour) • Serves two communities (population of 700) • Expanding service
  27. 27. monitoring & evaluation approach & methods Mission-driven Monitoring & Evaluation: Community development goals and approach drive programming and operations Global Service Trip to Nicaragua November 6-11, 2013 Are we achieving our mission?
  28. 28. evaluation & assessment • Project Reports – 10-page narrative • Grant reports & site team, educational evaluations on proposals • Program evaluations by participants – (300) exit interviews; Google survey • Exit interviews – evaluations of students by site teams • Evaluations of interns by host organizations • University partner surveys & debriefings – 12-15 core partners • Site Team reflection reports – 10 annual reports • Strategic Plan stakeholder input - surveys • Sustainability Assessments – annual survey of large sample of community partners
  29. 29. sustainability assessment results 77 organizations responded; 345 projects/initiatives
  30. 30. sustainability assessment results
  31. 31. sustainability assessment results
  32. 32. sustainability assessment results
  33. 33. sustainability assessment results
  34. 34. SIX WORD MEMOIRS Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. Hemingway's response: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." We challenged FSD staff, partners, and constituents to submit their own six-word memoir that describes their experience as part of the FSD community.
  35. 35. QUESTIONS?
  36. 36. connect with me! Kevin Slattery Marketing and Communications Officer kevin@fsdinternational.org LinkedIn: LinkedIn/in/kslatz Twitter: @kslatz | @infofsd

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