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SUBJECT: The challenge of working with gender, natural resources and the environment
TOTAL TIME: approximately 2 hours
PURPOSE: It is important to recognize the challenge faced by projects that deal with gender,
natural resource management, community participation and partnerships between different
kinds of institutions. These multiple innovations require the collaborative efforts of different
institutions in which each individual participant plays an important role in helping to redefine,
adapt, and create new methods and strategies. This is a first step to empower the participant
as part of this process .
OBJECTIVES: At the end of this session the participants will be able to:
1. recognize that data collection/analysis serves different purposes in a complex process.
2. see their project as innovative in linking gender, community participation, and natural
resource management through partnerships.
3. accept the challenge to experiment, collaborate and adapt existing tools to their own situa-
Introduce session and Define Objectives
-Data collection occurs at different times and with differ-
-Data organization/analysis/interpretation --use data for
diagnosis, joint planning, recommendations, monitor-
b. Typically emphasis is on data collection and analysis
o one type.
c. Gender, Natural resources, community participation
projects are unique. Must recognize their complexity
related to these innovative elements and we need to be
able to identify what makes them innovative.
d. Need to be able to look at existing tools and adapt to
their needs through critical thinking, experimenters, col-
Ask the participants to write down as many ways as
possible that their projects or activities are innovative.
Elicit a list from the group and write the responses on a
flip chart. You may want to use a volunteer from the
participants to help write on the flipchart.
Reduce and categorize responses to have a small number
of innovative characteristics. Note: Examples (might
be useful to give some examples of types of responses
that participants might have).
Refer to the framework/process chart and ask "where
does data collection and analysis take place within this
Small Group Work: Divide the participants into small
groups and assign to one of the categories of innovations
that you came up with during the previous step.
Each group will answer the question "What challenges
does this innovation pose at different points in the process
of data collection and analysis (refer to the frame-
Group reports. Each group report out the challenges they
discussed in the small group using a prepared list on a
flipchart listed by points in the framework/process.
Process reports. Engage the participants in discussion
based on the following questions.
- What did you get from this exercise? What kinds
of questions were raised? answered?
- At what points in the process do challenges exist?
What is the relationship of the challenges to the exist-
ing tools/approaches? What kinds of tools/approaches
do you know?
- Tell the participants that tools are in the testing
stages and need innovations. There is a need to de-
fine future priorities. Ask them if they are willing to
take on the challenge? Ask each participant to write
a note to themselves about this for their own informa-
tion. Keep for reference later.