Decoding Conversations on Disaster Risk Reduction & Management
“Decoding Conversations” was an offshoot of the Strengthening the Capacity of Philippines CSOs Project, implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations (CSOs) to which the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) was a part of. The 3-year project led by Ayala Foundation and funded by USAID aimed to build the capacities of 120 CSOs for them to be more sustainable and accountable. Specifically, it covered organizational development (OD) interventions on Governance and Leadership Development, Planning and Strategic Management, Resource Mobilization and Development, Program Design, Implementation and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (PDIMME), Financial Management and Administrative and Personnel Management.
Various modes of learning were utilized for capacity building: formal training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning (through communities of practice via social media), internships and provision of templates. As the project’s technical partner for building a Community of Practice (CoP) among participating CSOs, CODE-NGO launched the ‘CSOCommunity’ site, an online community and discussion forum on organizational development issues confronting Philippine non-profits. The site was meant to allow exchanges on good practices, tips and techniques on OD matters for the participating CSOs of the project. In 2014, an online discussion on “Integrating Disaster Plans in the Local Government Unit (LGU) Budget” was conducted on the Facebook page of CODE-NGO (https://www.facebook.com/caucusofdevelopmentngonetworks). A resource person was invited to share his expertise on the topic and the discussion was summarized and shared through the CODE-NGO website, e-Newsletter and Facebook page.
The rich learning exchange among CSOs was continued the following year (2015). With the call to increase awareness and involvement on Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives among communities and CSOs, 2 online forums and 1 peer learning exchange were jointly conducted by the Advancing CSO Engagement in DRRM-CCA (ACED) and Citizens Monitoring of LGU Performance (CML) projects. Specifically, the topics were on: “Understanding the Hazard, Capacity, and Vulnerability Analysis (HCVA)”, “Office-based Contingency Planning”, and “Community-based Contingency Planning”. The resource persons were DRR experts from CODE-NGO member networks (MNs), Western Visayas Network of Social Development NGOs (WEVNET), Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) and Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE). On average, there were 45 participants at each of the online forums and 25 participants at the face-to-face learning exchanges, coming from different regions and sectors in the Philippines.
To make better use of the syntheses of these online and face-to-face discussions, this compilation was pursued and in such a way that the reader can easily understand the development concepts and principles delved on in each topic by transforming the text to information graphics or infographics. To be abreast with the current communication trends and changing landscape of capturing an audience, it is good to explore and adopt more creative and innovative methods to process and share knowledge. May the 10 infographics presented here be able to help CSOs in one way or another as they strive to be more effective stewards of social development in the Philippines.