STEPS in Asia & STEPS in Africa

STEPS Training in Asia

In September 2019 the STEPS to the Future project organised an Asian organisational development training in Thailand. This training took place at the same time as the African STEPS training and the trainers and participants connected at some stage through skype and had some short exchanges about the training. Although the methodology of the training had been tested before the concept
of this training included also a new element. The trainers had participated in a Training of Trainers to multiply the STEPS methodology in different regions. Sophat Sorn (CYA), Mahip Dagar (Ruchi) and Ingrid Danckaerts (CCIVS) guided the group through a thorough analysis of their organisation with the STEPS methodology.

Thanks to the great hosting efforts of VSA the training week went very well. The intensive programme made sure all participants went home with a lot of new knowledge and some skills to analyse their organisation. It’s up to them now to use these skills and make sure their organisations walk the path of organisational improvements!

STEPS Training in Africa

From the 13 to the 18 of September 2019, CCIVS alongside Voluntary Workcamps Association of Nigeria as the hosting organisation, coordinated the STEPS2 Training on Organisational Development. During this training which took place in Lagos, Nigeria, a team of 4 international
trainers, from SES Mercedes Paula Groba, from ZWA Ratherford Mwaruta, Mario Mormile from YAP Italy and Edem Kodzo Ekpeko from ASTOVOT, all of whom had previously attended the Training for Trainers in Italy, imparted their knowledge acquired on Organisational Development in order to strengthen member organisation from the region.

The training was a success, as the trainers managed to work to their strengths and transmit the knowledge they have gained during the STEPS project, and build on their own past experiences in the IVS movement as well as their cultural diversity to deliver the Pentagon methodology in the most efficient way and using real-world examples that spoke to the participants.

Participants left the training with more tools to diagnose their organisations, to analyse their strengths and weaknesses and with ideas of improvement. Not everything was pure work, as VWAN also organised a cultural outing and the trainers organised moments of cultural exchange. The experience was enriching for all, with many organisations expressing their ideas and proposals for the future and some even carrying out workshops on Organisational Development!

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