Project: Statelessness Project
Date: Feb.27, 2015
Place: MIRO’s Office
On Thursday the 27th February 2015, MIRO met with its provincial staff in Phnom Penh. The purpose of this meeting was to build regional staff capacity for completing MIRO’s Statelessness Project. The meeting also provided opportunities for regional staff to add their input to the Statelessness project. The meeting was attended by three regional staff as well as four staff members from Phnom Penh and one international intern.
Participants: Mr. Sourn Butmao, the executive director, Mr. Noun Sovanrith, the project officer, Mr. Phom Ravy, the project officer, Mrs. Suon Sovann, the project officer, Mr. Meas Chanthorn, the provincial staff, Mr. Mom Morny, the provincial staff, Mr. Tort KimSroy, the provincial staff, Mr. Abraham Wapner, the international intern.
Activities: After getting to know each other and each project work and plan well, all members of staff had shared about their knowledge and experience to each other to build a well of skills to help the success of implementing the project. During the workshop, Mr. Butmao the executive direct had shared about research skill. Firstly he shared about how to develop a right questionnaire, and he mentioned that develop the questionnaire is the important step of research and when we have a right questionnaire then the result of the research will be correct with the research goal, so we have to know clear about the goal of the research. Secondly, he mentioned about the testing of questionnaire after develop a right questionnaire form, he said that after develop a questionnaire we have to test it with one to two people to get to know that if the answer to the questionnaire is reach to the goal we want. Mr. Butmao mentioned that research skill is very important for project work, so all staffs have to understand of researching skill.
After Mr. Butmao shared about research skill, Ravy the project officer about his skills in investigation and report writing, and giving the interviews to media to all project staff members. In report writing skill, Ravy shared about the formal ways of using 5W1H (When What, Who, Why, Where, and How), and Ravy mentioned that to get a good report we have to write with 5W1H style. Linked to investigation skill, Ravy mentioned that we have to understand about to write a good report in the investigation, and to get a good information we have to follow the case and interview with the people to get involved with the case and try to get all information from them and don’t forget to make a good relationship with authority to make a good flow to investigation. As well for giving interview to media Ravy mentioned that giving interview to media is very important and if we report with the wrong report there will be the problem and if the report with the right report the will be a good result and farmhouse for our NGO. Ravy mention that during giving interviews to any media, we have to know and understand clear about the topic or questions that they ask, and if we are not clear with the answer to should not report to those medias, so it is important to get to know clear the answer and topic before we give the answer to them. After Ravy shared about the skills of report writing, investigation, and giving interview to media, Mr. Sovanrith shared about the skill in advocacy, empowerment, contacting target communities, and approaching authorities. Mr. Sovanrith mentioned that making a good relationship with residents and authority is very importance in advocacy work. To get a good relationship with residents have to let them know about our purpose and mission, when people get understand our work then they can make a cooperation with us, and as well with authority, we should inform them with a formal letter before we do any activity, and he mentioned that to do so we will get a good relationship and good cooperation with the target group and authority, then our work will be smooth and project will run well. As well, Mr. Abraham Wapner, the international intern also shared his skill with online advocacy to all project staff. He mentioned that online advocacy is very important for advocacy work, and he had mentioned about using Facebook for advocacy work. He mentioned that all information and our work we can share through Facebook which everyone using around that world, so everyone will get the information and news we shared, and when people get see they will share so our work will be known around that world, so online advocacy is very powerful. After that all members of staff learned about each other’s views and experience. Concerns & Suggestions: During the meeting, both concerns and solutions were presented. Among the recurring concerns were the complications or threat posed by local authorities and the ability of workshop participants to pay. Participation stipends, detailed briefing of authorities, and modeling flexible workshops were among the solutions proposed to the pervious concerns. Complications and additions to the Three Year Plan were also presented.
Conclusion: The capacity building meeting on the 27th February 2015 was a useful opportunity to build skills for the regional staff and an important forum for them to share their experience and knowledge of the field with the head office in Phnom Penh. All provincial staffs can get knowledge on research skill, advocacy skill, investigation skill, report writing skill, how to give an interview to media, and how to communicate with authority and target group. By using the skills learned and addressing the concerns raised, MIRO should be able to more effectively implement its Statelessness Project as it moves forward.