More retreat notes

Project Training

Rashim talked to a few of us today and mentioned that the training for new project coordinators had changed in recent years.  Earlier the training covered both project quality as well as project admin and today it emphasizes admin responsibilities.  As a result project coordinators are not oriented to learning about the kinds of quality indicators we were talking about yesterday such as political awareness, linkage with grassroots movements and potential for social change. Secondly they are weak in following up, reading reports, visiting, learning and advocating for the cause on which our partner is working, and asking critical questions that would help improve the work and further the cause.

What resources does the projects team need in order to revive or develop a training module that would help new coordinators recognize why these are important, how to identify better projects and also how to improve the quality of our support.

Who is a volunteer / what is a chapter?

(Notes from discussion on Day 2)

Should we have higher expectations for volunteers and chapters?  Should we create other avenues for interested people who are not in a position to assume responsibilities of volunteers and sustain chapters?

Suggestion: Let interested people be called supporters and interested groups of people be called support groups or affinity groups.  Support groups can do tabling, sell calendars & eco-products, distribute newsletters, share posts on social media, etc.  They can also choose from the list of approved projects and support them through awareness, fundraising and direct involvement such as research, writing and advocacy.

Chapters do all of the above and also review and approve projects, vote on organizational decisions.

Twice a year, a chapter will hold a special meeting for all the support groups affiliated with it, where their work will be recognized and they will also have a chance to learn more about the one

Support groups will be affiliated with chapters near them and attend  quarterly or annual meetings designed for them.


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