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posted Mar 17, 2018, 10:50 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 11:01 AM ]
Mumbai, 14-Mar-2018:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized ‘Development Delegates Meet 2018’ on 13-14 March 2018 at Don Bosco Provincial House in Matunga in which 44 delegates from 16 partner centres from the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh participated in this programme.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director - DBDS) welcomed all the delegates and introduced the agenda of the workshop. He conducted the prayer ceremony in which the Bible and the Bhagvat Gita verses were cited. After the prayer service, Fr Manuel Murzello (Provincial Economer) delivered the inaugural address in which he thanked all the centre heads and staff for their development initiatives. He also shared his experience of working in Rajasthan and Ahmednagar with the participants.

The first session was on ‘Project Cycle Management’ by Mr P.Prabhakaran (Professor-SPJIMR). In his session he laid the importance on Project Goals, Objectives, Strategy, co-ordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation. In the project constrains he discussed Scope, Schedule, Budget, Quality, Risk, and Resources. He also discussed the reasons for success and failure of projects.

The second session was on ‘Financial Inclusion, financial literacy and financial planning’. Mr Mahesh Kumar was the resource person, in which he talked about need for financial literacy, ponzy schemes, and effect of inflation, post-tax returns, post office schemes, thumb rules, PPF and power of compounding.

After Lunch, third session was held on ‘My Purpose, My Values and My Contribution- unleashing my potential’. Dr Lata Das (Professor-TISS) was the resource person for this session. It was an interactive session based on individual and group work. Through various questions like ‘purpose of life’, ‘express feeling of most memorable event’, 3 qualities etc, she gave an opportunity for self exploration. She then gave an exercise to bring out the strengths and personal fears in oneself. After listing all the strength and fears, she suggested to focus on strength and put control on fears. This helped participants in unleashing their inner potentials.

Fourth session was taken by Mr Nikhil and Ms Nishtha from ‘Play for Peace – USA based’. It was an interactive session based on creating community sense through cooperative play. Various games were played to build the feeling of safety, acceptance, co-operation, fun etc. The first day ended with dinner at night.

Second day began with the address by Fr Godfrey D’Souza (Salesian Provincial - Mumbai). In his key note address he laid down the importance of vision and mission for development centers. He shared the true story of a 65 year old lady named Lata Kare, who ran and won a senior citizen Marathon race so that she could put the prize money for the medical treatment of her ailing husband. Fr Godfrey, underlined the importance of focus and dedication in our works. He congratulated all the centres for their magnificent work and wished good luck to everyone.

This was followed by short presentation of the development activities in each centre. Each centre highlighted the number of activities, outputs and outcomes in their presentation. After presentation, a group discussion was held on ‘strategies’ to move towards ‘rights based approach’ to development work. The participants were divided into 3 groups and each groups discussed among their members the strategies and then one of their representative presented the group conclusions. 

First group consisted of centres from Gujarat. Fr Mayank Parmar presented the strategies of his group. He outlined following:

1) Sensitization and training of Salesians, staff and people on RBA.
2) People’s issue to be taken at local, taluka and district level
3) Forming issue based committees of local people
4) Establishing linkages and networks for advocacy

Mr Saby Francis shared the conclusions of second group. This group consisted of rural, urban and tribal centres from Maharashtra. He made following suggestions:

1) Movement from project to process
2) Promoting community participation and ownership of people
3) Forming pressure group at block level. Use of Mahila Gram Sabhas for obtaining entitlements
4) Advocacy and lobbying. RBA will take time
5) Integrated RBA plan at province level
6) Preparation for taking risks

Fr Dominic Martis presented the conclusions of Third group. This group consisted of urban centers from Gujarat and Maharashtra. He presented following strategies:

1) Liaisoning with government and civil society, building knowledge, staff training, exposure, legal support etc
2) Networking and dissemination of knowledge
3) Research on different social issues and preparing resource material
4) Preparation for taking risks
5) Change in vocabulary; from beneficiary to development partner

After the presentation of strategies by all the groups deliberations were discussed. There was no unanimity, but broadly the conclusions were:

1) Training on RBA
2) Province level RBA white paper
3) Developing linkages and networking
4) Participation in Gram Sabhas

It was felt that some more brainstorming and convergent thinking is required in this regard. So, it was decided to discuss the same in next meeting in July 2018. The meet concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Fr Rolvin.