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Meeting of the Secure Livelihoods volunteers

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Recently there was a meeting held of the “Secure Livelihoods” volunteers, which we are a part of.  (In Ghana, VSO has three main “areas” that they do work in;  most volunteers are in education, then there are the Secure Livelihoods folks, and then the Participation and Governance Group (PNG) and finally the Inclusion group (for those working with people with disabilities)).  We generally meet quarterly to discuss the work we are doing;  it is a great way to reconnect with other volunteers in Ghana, and to hear how other (similar) projects are progressing.  Often times, skills can also be shared.

For this two day workshop, the first day was focused on getting the SL volunteers to provide information on their placements, which would feed into the Annual Report that is being prepared for VSO Ghana as a whole.  As usual, a variety of “participatory approaches” were employed to get the job done.

Shirley working on a fish bone diagram

Here is Shirley working on her “fish bone” diagram which is outlining her objectives this year and the results.

Olke and Vic, two volunteers from the Upper East Region, facilitated the first day.  Here they are with some results around the key objectives of the SL programme.

Olke (left) and Vicorganised the first day of the workshop

We looked after coordinating the second day, which included some group work, sharing our achievements (and challenges!) in our placements,

participating in an "energiser" to get things moving after lunch...

as well as some “energising” activities to keep things moving along during the day.

The end of the day was spend in small groups discussing ways to share information.  Here we have Mar leading a discussion on the pros/cons of setting up a website for your partner organisation.

a "how to" session on setting up a website


Written by Mar(k)

April 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

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  1. Check Saul David Alinsky at His approach is popular with the NGOs in Phillipines, Malaysia and Indonesia.


    May 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

    • thanks for that, Tom! his work looks very interesting, and very in line with much of what is being done here….

      Mar Knox

      May 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

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