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Deirdre Tobin from Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM) talks about VMM's Programme Capacity Building consultations at Dóchas "How We Did It" seminar (12 April 2011, Dublin)
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  1. 2. Growing and changing <ul><li>VMM is a membership movement, founded in 1969 </li></ul><ul><li>Recruited, orientated, placed and supported 2,300 skilled volunteers in past 41 years </li></ul><ul><li>We are currently have 47 VMs placed with 27 Partner Organisations overseas </li></ul><ul><li>Missionary Organisations: E.g: Rosminians (Tanzania), MMMs (Tanzania, Uganda) </li></ul><ul><li>National Organisations: E.g: Matata Hospital( Kenya), Mountains of the Moon University (Uganda), </li></ul><ul><li>Diocesan Partners: E.g: Dioceses of Lodwar (Kenya), Fort Portal (Uganda), </li></ul><ul><li>Same, Moshi (Tanzania) </li></ul><ul><li>International NGOs: E.g: Camara, JRS </li></ul>
  2. 3. Sierra Leone South Sudan Kenya Tanzania Uganda Zambia Malawi South Africa Philippines Philippines Where we work
  3. 4. VMM Goals <ul><li>Goal 1: </li></ul><ul><li>Improve effectiveness and efficiency in VMM’s contribution to overseas development through the adoption of an integrated programmatic approach to our work overseas </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 2: </li></ul><ul><li>Promote through Development Education and VMM Member Action, the concept of global citizenship with civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 3: </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain the Movement’s programmes through strategic partnership management, creative promotion and diversification of funding </li></ul>
  4. 5. Goals & Programmes Goal 1: Overseas Programmes-Diocesean Development, Community Development, Health & Education Goal 2: Home Programmes- Development Education, Member Action Goal 3: Organsiational Programmes-Organisational Development & Mission Resource Services
  5. 6. Programmatic Approach VMM’s previous focus was addressing requests for lay personnel & lay missionaries The overall setting for the Framework is within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Framework By 2013, we aim to have clustered volunteers in areas of need in Africa and to have reduced our project partners by half
  6. 7. Realisation that we would need to change the way we work. VMM under the programmatic approach would need to gather data on results & outcomes and not just activities of VM. VMM needed to assess the impact of placing VMs in partner at local levels up to the MDGs.
  7. 8. Why the PCBs were needed <ul><li>Within each programme VMM has engaged in in-depth visits with our core partners to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop specific VMM Partner Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss policies at project level such as Child Safeguarding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform our programmatic approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To build stronger relationships with partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To sign MOUs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. What was covered by the PCBs <ul><li>3 days training in each of our regional offices; Dublin, Glasgow and Liverpool </li></ul><ul><li>PCB was a listening exercise </li></ul><ul><li>MOU’s to be signed </li></ul><ul><li>CSP to be gathered if in place, if not in place work with partner in developing the policies to draft level </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing the Most Significant Change Technique and collecting 3 stories </li></ul>
  9. 10. What was covered by the PCBs Filling out the 20 page questionnaire covering the following: -Background Info on the Org -Problem Analysis -Financial and Legal Structures -Polices -VMM Contribution- ‘the wish list’ -Beneficiaries (Direct/Indirect, Male/Female) -Risk Analysis -Cross cutting Issues -Linkages -M&E
  10. 11. PCB Visits -August & September 2010 -14 PCBs to 22 partners -Over 220 days spent directly with partners in these two months - Total cost: €20,600
  11. 12. Programme Capacity Building & Partner visits
  12. 13. Results of PCB Visits <ul><li>Positive </li></ul><ul><li>In-depth information on the partners gathered </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying capacity gaps easier </li></ul><ul><li>Member Action activity </li></ul><ul><li>Partners aware of the other funding from VMM other than personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening relationships </li></ul><ul><li>MDG focus of partner and VMM </li></ul>
  13. 14. Results of PCB Visits <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Getting consultants at short notice </li></ul><ul><li>Staff in VMM overstretched </li></ul><ul><li>Sifting through the large amount on information </li></ul><ul><li>Risk Assessment will need further development </li></ul>
  14. 15. What next? Programme Capacity Building Partner Capacity Building
  15. 16. What next? <ul><li>Information was used in VMM Misean Cara applications </li></ul><ul><li>Partner's evaluation of the process </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing information that came back </li></ul><ul><li>Working on developing and signing off on goals </li></ul><ul><li>Visit to work on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CSP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual reporting mechanism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security Policy and formalising from risk analysis or what on ground </li></ul></ul>