To run and help manage these capacity-building workshops, Roots partnered with CDECH, a Haitian community development leadership association. CDECH first began the capacity-building process by evaluating what skills needed to be developed within APDAG and then tailored workshops to target these specific skills.
CDECH’s diagnosis showed that the thing that needed to be accomplished in the first phase of workshops was to create a uniform understanding of the organization’s common purpose and goals. This first phase consisted of in-depth analysis of APDAG’s future vision as well as an exploration of community development and the process of leadership. This step was supplemented with additional workshops building a foundation of practical basic management skills, such as running a meeting and writing a report.
After this initial phase, APDAG and CDECH then dived into more detailed workshops on project management, administration, and community mobilization. These workshops covered a wide range of topics ranging from budget development and accounting to conflict management and negotiating with external partners. These topics guaranteed that APDAG’s skillset could become as well rounded as possible.
Over the past year, APDAG has immediately started putting these skills to practice. APDAG’s proficiency in management skills has directly translated into improved practice: APDAG gained a better understanding of theimportance of accountability. In a short span of time, meetings have been more productive by setting agendas in advance and keeping minutes to refer to in the future. APDAG has also improved its professionalism, which makes it possible for them to make new partnerships. Their budgets, for example, used to be handwritten and submitted infrequently, but have transformed to professionally typed on letterhead. APDAG’s increasing proficiency in computer skills also added to their professionalism as well as their ability to make new connections.
APDAG’s improved organizational management skills have made a direct impact on their ability to implement community development projects. For example, the repairs recently completed on the Gran Sous water facility was almost entirely handled by APDAG. This progress demonstrates APDAG’s ability to work together as a single organized unit towards a common goal. APDAG will continue to apply the skills they learned in the capacity-building workshops into practice.
We hope you stay tuned to see APDAG continue to grow and gain greater independence beyond Roots!