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« Union makes strength » : building a peasant organization in rural Haiti

World Neighbors - Lessons from the field

Oklahoma City, 2002

bibliothèque insulaire

   
Haïti
parutions 2002
« Union makes strength » : building a peasant organization in rural Haiti / [World Neighbors]. - Oklhoma city : World Neighbors, 2002. - 52 p. - (Lessons from the field).
NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR : This report details the growth of the grassroots peasant association OPD-8, supported by World Neighbors - Haiti. The program and resulting organization were intentionally designed to encourage broad-based participation and democratic decision-making, and to test the theory that strong local organizations are essential to the effectiveness and sustainability of any development program.

This case study shares :

  • methods used to improve members' overall well-being by providing tangible benefits in the areas of sustainable agricuture and food production, income and asset building, and comunity and reproductive health.
  • valuable lessons in how to help marginalized people begin to develop the skills they need to participate in decision-making processes through their involvement in a democratically run local organization.

Natalie Elwell

TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Lessons Learned
Context
  • Haiti : Historical Overview
  • Development in Haiti
  • Haiti and Relief
Program History
  • World Neighbors in Haiti
  • Developing a Capacity Building Strategy
  • Initiating a Pilot Project
  • Tangible benefits
Forming an Organization
  • Ivwa Pilot Project-Group Formation
  • Economic Activities
  • Program Activities
  • Growth of the Organization
  • Inauguration of OPD-8
  • Organizational Structure of OPD-8
  • OPD-8 Membership
  • Vwazen Mondyal's Initial Role
  • Challenges as OPD-8 Grew
Tangible Benefits
  • Assessing Benefits
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agricultural Changes and Impact
  • Economic Asset Building
  • Economic Changes and Impact
  • Health
  • Health Changes and Impact
  • Overall Benefits
Leadership
  • Leadership Trends
  • Conflict with Local Leadership
  • Holding Leaders Accountable
  • Shared Decision-making and Responsability
  • Broader Leadership Structures
  • Women's Leadership
Organizational Capacity Building
  • Capacity Building Focus
  • Measuring Capacity
  • In Depth Capacity Assessment
Sustainability
  • Phasing Out
  • Motivating New and Current Members
  • Self-Financing Strategy
  • Transferring Responsibility
  • Collaboration with Others
Lessons Learned
  • Motivation
  • Structure
  • Leadership
  • Respect for Internal Norms
  • Capacity Strengthening
  • External Factors Affecting Organizational Development
Wider Implications
  • Skills for Democracy
Bibliography

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