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Capacity Enhancement Training of PNCC Staffers & E.M.

1 : Background and Justification:

Foreign employment has also become a source of lucrative business for a number of recruiting agencies. Many migrant workers recruited through recruitment agencies or brokers are given bogus or misleading information about their job. In general, this would relate to the wages they would receive, the type of work they will do and the number of hours they are contracted to work each day . Most of the recruitment agencies work through a channel of local sub-agents or intermediaries, who become trustworthy to local youths, thus the vulnerability of being victim of deceptive agencies rises. On top of that, lack of knowledge on the process of migration among the youths helps complexion of the problem to greater extent. They lack education, information about recruiting procedures, and the financial means to contract recruiting agencies . Due to lack of proper knowledge and awareness about the process of migration among the migrant workers stringed with no or insufficient knowledge about the destination countries and the work, employers, working conditions and the like provide ample ground to the labor exploitation and other human rights violation.

Even if, the problems of Nepali migrant workers are towering against high proportion of their mass departure to various countries of destination, the movements for establishment of rights and interest of Nepali migrant workers and their families have not been institutionalized in Nepal. Yet, attempts have been made for continuous lobby and advocacy, as a result of operation of various organizations of migrant workers; few changes are brought that really have tried to the betterment of Nepali migrant workers.

PNCC, an organization of returnee migrant workers is one of them, has been working relentlessly on the issue, like many others, suffer from serious short of resources to highlight the issues–strongly in national and international platform. Furthermore, PNCC is also not fully equipped with highly proficient and competitive human resources to provide it with a strong approach to address the issues of migrant workers. This ironic situation, where migrant workers' organizations are not competent enough to raise, the situations for Nepali migrant workers are depleting to the worst across the world. As a result, it has been realized indispensable to enhance the capacity of PNCC staffers and executive members for creating discernible impact for the betterment of the migrant workers’ situation, in both the country of origin and destination. Furthermore, it has also been felt necessary to capacitate the migrant community in Nepal and the destination countries, thus to develop a self-help mechanism to function until the overall situation is tackled by the respective governments.

2 : Context:

PNCC, an organization of returnee migrant workers, has been working relentlessly on the issue, like many others; suffer from serious short of resources to highlight the issues – strongly in national and international platform. Furthermore, PNCC also in short of competitive human resources to provide it with a strong approach to address the issues of migrant workers. This ironic situation, where migrant workers' organizations are not competent enough to raise, the situations for Nepali migrant workers are depleting to the worst across the world. Thus, it has been felt necessary to uplift the working and institutional capacity of such organizations, more specifically of PNCC, to create broader impact for the betterment of the migrant workers situation, in both the country of origin and destination. Additionally, it has also been felt to capacitate the migrant community in Nepal and the destination countries, thus to develop a self-help mechanism to function until the overall situation gets addressed by the respective governments. Thus, "Capacity Enhancement Training for PNCC Staffs and Members" was realized essential by covering Result Based Management (RBM), Monitoring and Evaluation and Appreciative Inquiry.

Under the Project Initiative on Community, Labor-rights, Understanding and Diaspora Empowerment of Nepali Migrants (INCLUDE- Nepali Migrants), Humanity United, capacity enhancement training of PNCC staffers and executive members is one of the core activities. However, in order to develop competent and result-oriented human resources at PNCC, a five-day residential workshop was organized at Hotel Outlook Inn, Mata Tirtha in Kathmandu from 6-10 April 2014. PNCC's network members from seven districts, key staffers and executive board members were the attendees. Mr. Mohan Sharma, accompanied by his colleague Mr. Anil Sharma facilitated the entire business of the capacity enhancement training.

3 : Objectives of the Training:

The training aimed to develop participants’ confidence in designing and managing projects as well as improving overall communication skills as related to managing projects which is beneficial for the attainment of the organization’s mission and vision.

Specific objectives:

  • Develop and strengthen capacity of PNCC's staff and members for developing accountable and transparent interventions on basis of globally practiced standards.
  • Increased understanding of the fundamentals of project management with improved skills in designing and making persuasive presentations.
  • Increased understanding and skills of designing a logical results chain of the project and Project M&E framework with improved understanding and skills in team building and leadership through appreciative inquiry.

4 : Methodology:

This training was exclusively intended to enhance the capacity of PNCC staffers and board members in the areas of results-based management (RBM), monitoring and evaluation (M & E), and appreciative inquiry. Prior to the organization of training, Mr. Mohan Sharma and Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma were selected as the training facilitator and co-facilitator respectively through the procurement process. Mr. Sharma held a series of discussions with PNCC Staffs and Members as a part of preparation phase. Discussions thus done helped in developing the specific training modules. Training was entirely participatory attended by PNCC Staffs and Members.

During the training, presentation, group works, lectures, role play, interactions, experience sharing, among others were used as the major tools. Participants’ responses, daily review sessions, discussions with the facilitator, the facilitator’s observations and final training evaluation of the concluding day were also taken as the methods of training.

5 :  Participants

Altogether, 30 participants representing Staff of PNCC, District Counselors and Executive board member attended the training.

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