A centralized workshop was organized by the Rupantaran Foundation and Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC) on 22nd Jan 2021 at the Patharpratima Block. Mukti participated in this workshop along with other partners for the ‘Amplifying Community Voices” (ACV) at Patharpratima supported by Oak Foundation.
The workshop was aimed at gaining an understanding of the participatory process to identify the most difficult life in the community and zero in on key groups of focus through vulnerability listing and scoring and to gain an understanding of how to prepare a social map and mark the households of the zeroed-in groups to focus.
The entire workshop was designed in such a way that it would be a combination of gaining knowledge, demonstration and reflection. Training methods like discussions, presentations, demonstrations were practiced to impart the various sessions.
The participatory vulnerability group listing & scoring was facilitated by resource persons of Rupantaran Foundation. They demonstrated on how to list the vulnerable/marginalized communities in a participatory way. Participants were encouraged to define source of power and identify the powerless or the marginalized groups in the area. Participants were taught to score the vulnerable groups. Each hub was given the task to conduct this exercise at their respective places to identify the vulnerable groups.
The social mapping exercise was facilitated by DRCSC. The trainer demonstrated the preparation of social mapping. He showed the marking of the important centers like the places of worship, schools, sub-centers, major water sources, roads, etc. and finally marking the vulnerable households. Each hub was given the task of developing a social map for each village.
The participants were told to rate the experience of being the part of this journey in the five scale rating tool. All the participants rated in the positive portion of the rating tool, all of them rated the experience in a positive manner. This showed they liked the workshop quite a lot and were able to connect with the issue.
At the end , a participatory self – assessment was also conducted where the participants themselves rated themselves in terms of knowledge, skill and confidence of the issue.
More such workshops on tools of PRA and PVCA are planned to be conducted for capturing the vulnerability and capacity analysis of each vulnerable group.
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