During the 2016 national holiday break, Badi Foundation invited 11 CBO initiators from Gansu, Ningxia, Shanxi, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong to hold a seminar on institutional capacity building in Qingdao, Shandong.
In the course of exploring community development, Badi and its cooperating CBOs have gained insights from localized development experiences. However, with progress always come new challenges and questions, such as: “how to summarize our experiences and share them with likeminded organizations?” “how can we apply concepts of true development to the actual work?” Facing this situation, Badi Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office organized this seminar, hoping to discuss with its partners about the questions above.
On the first two days, participants examined and discussed the evolution of developmental thought after the World War Two: from “Modernization/Industrialization” in the 50s, “Green Revolution” in the 60s, to “Redistribution of income and wealth” “Basic needs” in the 70s. Combined with case studies, these abstract thoughts appeared vividly before the participants and they summarized the lessons they learnt, in order to adjust the current programs. Meanwhile, by reviewing the evolution of development thought, CBO initiators were better able to articulate the situation of their organizations in a larger context. For the third and fourth day, Badi’s colleagues shared Badi’s experiences and explained the conceptual framework behind its programs. Several CBO initiators also shared theirs including “how to engage local people in community development” “how to develop facilitators inside the community”. In the next few days, Badi reflected on its institutional capacity building system and shared its plans to build a learning network as well as leaning center in the future. “How to accompany and consult efficiently” and the newly released Charity Law were also among the topics studies and discussed.
The seminar lasted for a week. At the end of it, the participants said they not only understood concepts of development better, but through face-to-face communication, they learnt so much from each other. They also showed excitement when mentioning the emerging learning network and learning center.