he Civil Society Institute (CSI) has delivered a training on March 19 in Prague on “Systemic change for the development sector initiatives”.
The training aimed to explain to participants the complexity of the system, to perceive its actors from various perspectives, to better familiarize with the systemic change concept, and plan further interventions. As a result, training participants have acknowledged the role and impact of each actor while planning a systemic change, as well as the need to apply systemic change and participative approaches for sustainable development.Training was facilitated by the CSI expert in participative planning, monitoring and evaluation, Evelyn Speich-Baer, and the Project Coordinator Ekaterine Danelia.
Training was organized by the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS), as part of the DEEP’s capacity building project. FoRS unites over 50 CSOs operating in the sectors of development cooperation, global education and humanitarian assistance.
Training participant organizations have represented a global education sector. At the interactive training the participants were able to discuss and share their views and attitudes about changing the global education sector through a systemic change.
Given the participant feedback, training was rather successful. Majority of participants have positively evaluated the training content and facilitation process. Comments by some of them, provided below, are quite remarkable.
“After the training, the concept and principles of systemic change are easier perceivable. Now I’m full of ideas and would like to apply the systemic change approach when planning further activities or projects” – Petra Skalitska, Education Program Director, Varianty People in Need.
“Systemic analysis and acknowledgement of the role and functions of other actors were of biggest importance for me. Also, comprehending the complexity of carrying out a systemic change, because when pursuing a change one must be confident this concrete change does not have an adverse effect on another actor and to the contrary, will invigorate the entire system” – Jana Milerova, Director, FoRS.
“Until now, our key activities were focused on the beneficiaries directly. During the so-called “eye analysis” I have gained more information on the system’s functions and rules and better acknowledged the role of others. Yet, I still have a lot of questions, which is very good because the training was interesting indeed” – Veronica Uhlirova, Project Assistant (INEX).