The “Solutions worth Sharing” program aims to be an incubator for new projects by assembling the conditions they need to happen. This program works on two levels: directly, it introduces sustainable practices within a specific community. Indirectly, it supports the replication of successful projects by making them known to potential beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders.
Key to a successful initiative, the approaches implemented in our “Solutions worth Sharing” program include:
– The promotion of local actors and successful projects in the area. Mapping successful projects is the base of our work.
– The ultra-participation of beneficiaries. Rather than stating the problems and providing solutions, we support the community in determining its problems and finding solutions.
– The use of behavior change psychology to create conditions favorable to adopting new practices.
– “Peer to peer” training, which ensures appropriate trainers and solutions that are both effective and adapted to the local situation.
– The use of dynamic interaction such as role play, site visits, storytelling, visual aids, etc.
“Solutions worth Sharing” program is implemented in three stages:
1/ The first stage consists of mapping local initiatives (practices and technologies) already in place in the relevant fields. Projects were targeted that help local communities reduce their pressure on natural resources in the fields of agriculture, energy and livelihoods. This mapping is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather should gather a diverse panel of interesting projects. This map is shared with stakeholders.
2/ The second stage consists of working with beneficiaries, in three steps:
- Situation assessment (3 days). Participants evaluate their community’s resilience. They identify the problems they face and are made aware of the importance of the environment. It’s the time of raising awareness.
- Study trip (4 days). Participants, divided into two groups, visit solutions implemented by other communities. Each group has to ask a lot of questions because it will have to train the other one! It’s the time of capacity building.
- Action plan drafting (3 days). Participants analyze solutions, define their selection criteria and choose the solution(s) they want to implement. Most importantly, they define how they will participate. It’s the time of decision making and involvement.
3/ The third stage consists of drafting a project proposal from the action plan written by the beneficiaries. Resilience Now initiates collaboration with the local NGO(s) who initially implemented the chosen solution(s) and ensures the involvement of the local government.
Pictures of the workshops
Workshop in Burundi (in French)
Workshops in Rwanda