“The institutional building workshops for the partners of The Swallows, facilitated by HID Forum enabled them to revisit their identity, structure, systems, capacity to do the work, relevance of interventions, activities, working environment and target groups. Since the intervention was suggested by The Swallows, the ownership of the process was a sensitive issue. HIDF's workshop design and facilitation enabled the partners to own the process to a large extent. Further, the process was done in two parts, institutional needs assessment as a first step and developing a strategy to address the issues in the second step. HIDF through their experience raised critical questions and brought out relevant issues in the first step, and it was the partners' who set the agenda for the second phase workshop by prioritising areas that they want to look into. All the partners' except one found the intervention very relevant and much needed.”
HID Forum’s fellowship support to engage with the Muslim community especially women and construction workers helped us both individually as well as institutionally to engage with 2 unions. We would like to share that this experience with HIDF has been a very close experience to us and our learnings. It has helped us gain more understanding about groups and to be effective. The freedom HIDF provided in the fellowship helped us to contribute more to the community and unions. Through this fellowship we have been able to reach out to many community members who are marginalised. Many entitlements, loans and schemes have been accessed and many awareness programmes were conducted that had very good results.
“HID Forum facilitated a Strategic planning exercise for the members of Chiguru Foundation which is being supported by Mobility India. It was designed and facilitated in such as manner as to appeal to them who are from a rural background. The process resulted in the community coming up with a very clear basic plan as to how the federation had to move ahead.”
The support we have received from HID Forum is very effective and useful. HIDF has been methodical in its approach towards setting up the union and sharing its experience, and HIDF’s experience and expertise is very relevant. Since the construction workers union is in its nascent stage, continuous support is needed in the form of time and information and there has been regular and consistent follow up by HID Forum.
“HID forum’s visit to and interaction with my organisation has been a complete eye opener for me. Coming from a completely unorganised and business background I was unaware of systems, policies and other aspects required for an organisation to function smoothly. When HID Forum visited us for a diagnosis process, all these were explained to me and the entire staff in a very clear and interesting manner. As the director of the organisation the interaction exposed me to the much needed basics of organisation development and has given me clear ideas on how to take the organisation forward. The entire team, right from the bottom level to the top had not gone through such an exercise and they are all very interested and excited, like me to take things forward. Prior to the exercise, there wasn’t much interaction among the staff. Each planned and executed his or her tasks separately. Now, whatever work they want to take on in the organisation, they consult each other. Discussions are had with supervisors and coordinators before taking decisions on how to proceed with a task. “
“HID Forum facilitated a strategic planning exercise for us. It was useful in showing us how we can relook at things we were doing and re-strategise ourselves. It helped develop a clearer vision for the organisation’s future and envision a pathway to reach there. Another outcome was the confirmation of our realisation that we had to narrow down our area of focus. Earlier we were working on every stream of concern that was emanating out of the valley. This had resulted in us being burdened with too many activities, especially during the time when funding for NGOs was receding. We were hence encouraged to focus more and orient ourselves towards specific goals which we did, realigning ourselves to focus on livelihoods, environment and governance. The manner in which the workshop was organised and facilitated was appreciated both during and after the workshop. It helped us look at alternatives to strengthen the organisation. The interaction has definitely enriched our capacities.”
“The HID Forum team visited our community based rehabilitation and early intervention services programmes in Koppal district of Karnataka. Through different sessions, they interacted with people from across the organisation such as the board members, trustees, director, programme managers, senior project officers, team leaders and grass root workers. They also visited our programmes onsite - such as our early intervention centre, as well as our beneficiaries. During the interactions, our people shared the kind of work we are doing, our programmes, specific activities they were engaged with and also about Samarthya as an organisation - our objectives, vision, mission etc. The HID Forum team then urged us to look into other aspects as well, those that need to be incorporated into our programmes. They helped us to look at ourselves both in terms of our organisation and our interventions that is in the areas of organisational development and programme development. The exercise helped gain clarity on what we have aimed and what we are doing, where some of the gaps are, where we need to be strengthened further to reach the said objectives especially towards sustainability, quality and upscaling. Some of these things were known but they got noticed more clearly during the interaction.”
“APD had requested HID Forum to conduct an IB diagnosis for 6 of our partner organisations. We had an OD maturity assessment template which was built long ago for one of our partners which we shared with HID Forum to customise for the 6 partners, to capture data across several parameters from organisational leadership to governance to actual delivery excellence or systems, procedures, HR etc. So there were certain key parameters which we took. The HID Forum team helped us build and customise the tool and the team that actually went around and did the assessment were very mature, having had vast exposure in the development area itself and the inputs that they captured were thought provoking. It is good to say all positives about an organisation, but when it comes to areas where we need to focus on, it is is harder for a person to actually bring up a point and also to make them understand why it is that they need to focus on that and do something for our own interest. So I would say that with their exposure and experience, they did a very professional job to make aware the partners and also for us. However, it was not a one sided exercise. What they had done was to show APD how we need to treat our partners if we were to support them in the OD process, and we need to do. It was a very interesting process and it gave us insights. While we had some intuitions about certain things, when the team visited our partners, they were confirmed in a very professional way. All the partners have expressed having had positive experiences with the whole diagnosis process and a couple of them approached HID forum to take it to the next steps.”
“HID Forum conducted an OD training programme for the support group of unorganised sex workers which is supported and anchored by Janasahayog. HID Forum’s interaction with the members of the support group has brought in many changes at the self level and has helped increase their professionalism such as they now give much importance to punctuality, manage and organise meetings independently and in a systematic matter.”
Through this lab I learned how to confidently engage with people; what to say to people spontaneously. I also learned how people assume things about one another, (and) how I also assumed about others. I also got the opportunity for the first time to evaluate myself. This helped me to really grasp myself in all dimensions realistically. I understood and experienced my role in various situations in my small group. I am grateful to HIDF for this opportunity.
The experience of the lab helped me understand clearly that you get what you invest in groups. How right is it to expect some things when I have in fact not invested in it at all.