June was a busy month for the ICABangladesh ToP faculty team, for practical training.
On June 3rd members had a full day training session at the ICA office. On June 4th, the Urban Development Directorate (UDD) of the Ministry of Housing Works of the Government of Bangladesh, hosted a Training of Trainers (ToT) for PRA field facilitators. Aziz as a lead facilitator for the day was thrilled and introduced the Technology of Participation (ToP) to UDD planners, engineers, sociologists, team leaders, project directors, consultants, managers and PRA field facilitators, who are engaged in the “Preparation of Development Plan for Fourteen Upazilas” project; the participants were excited to see the power of ToP. Aziz encouraged the consulting firm of the UDD to hire 5 facilitators for their PRA and they did, and they used the workshop in the PRA session during June 9 – July 3. Aziz also introduced ToP to Dhaka University criminology faculty members, and training for ORID on the 24th and a Workshop on 30th June.
Our associate member, Shakawat, raised 1000 taka for the Phulki kids following the March 21 meeting that focused on local fundraising. Another associate member, Roshni, is working, hoping like Shakawat to raise funding on a monthly basis while in the midst of ICA’s funding crisis. Moksod visited the Phulki street children project (SCP) and discussed the distribution of funds with the SCP teacher for Zakat, before the Eid festival. He also checked with the SCP regarding the rickshaw issue while in the community.
Aurongajeb and Arif joined ICA as associate members in June. At the March Board meeting, Advocate Shah Alam was appointed as treasurer, and funding for the AGM 2015, the training plan, and fundraising itself was discussed. ICA members continue to work through donations and loans for its current activities.
This post was first published in the Global Buzz, July 2015.