Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Factors that enhance the success of introducing a Human Capacity Development (HCD) framework: some reflections from Thailand
Please let me share with you some reflections on introducing Human Capacity Development (HCD) framework in
After a series of HCD workshops in northern and northeastern
According to the participants, the factors that enhance the success of introducing HCD framework consist of the following:
- Adjustments need to be made to the design, activities, and contents to suit the cultural contexts of the target groups and the communities. (For instance, in southern Muslim communities, there are taboos against men and women, or parents and children, participating in meetings together, so ‘doing HCD’ had to be adjust accordingly)
- Cannot be a one-shot training event. Need to be reinforced with occasional follow-up
- Repeat often, and emphasize key concepts and messages
- Additional training is needed to provide related information, knowledge, and skills (such as counseling, communicating about sex and sexuality, behavioural change communications, in-depth knowledge about HIV/AIDS), especially as HCD is to lead to concrete action in the community
- Need to summarize lessons learned periodically
- Need fora and occasions for sharing experiences and lessons learned, not only with another community in the same province but also with other provinces, and also with other networks (such as the existing PPLLR networks)
- Involvement of key stakeholders in the community: youth, women, community leaders, religious leaders, traditional leaders
- Use a variety of techniques in training events and other capacity-building events. Use imagination and creativity. Draw upon participants’ capacities.
- Need strong, skilled Support and Learning Teams (SALTs) to continue facilitation and support.
- Community facilitators receive continued support to build self-confidence and facilitation skills
- Cannot work on HIV/AIDS issues in isolation, but need to work on other other related issues such as youth violence, drug addiction, etc.
- Provide opportunities for people and communities to get involved, take action, take the lead.
- Use positive reinforcement to motivate further action especially among youth, such as promoting youth council, youth coffee corner, youth action on community radio, youth awards etc.
The journey continues!