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Learning from the Experience

VBNK is very happy to announce the startup of a new capacity development initiative. The project is commissioned by Plan International Cambodia, in which VBNK will work with Plan’s five strategic partners, namely: Sovann Phoum, Cambodia Rural Development Team, Wathanakpheap, Bandos Komar and Save Vulnerable Cambodians. VBNK wants to share here information about how we make use of our experience and lessons learnt from other capacity development projects to adapt to best fit to the situation and nature of this project. The tools, framework and approach that we have successfully adapted for this project include: Capacity Assessment, Project Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, Capacity Development Plan, and Annual Action Plan.

Value of the Experiential Learning Cycle

Using the added value of the Experiential Learning Cycle, VBNK has adapted its learning not only on good success stories, but we also have used the learning from the challenges and mistakes from other projects. For example, we have learned that it is really important to have an introductory meeting with partners, to conduct an exercise on mutual expectations and how we mutually ensure the expectation are met. We also clarified the fact that joining the project is voluntary, the usefulness of the project for strengthening their organization, and the nature of co-creation of capacity development. At one of the initial meeting with partner, an Executive Director acknowledged that, one of his most important motivating factors to join the project is that “the VBNK approach to capacity development is not only about building the capacity of individual staff, but we are developing the whole organization capacity”. He further added that, “if we only focus on training or coaching individual staff to get key skill in doing certain task in the organization, we will face big loss when the staff leave the organization”, so he preferred that we work together to mend the capacity gaps of the organization, fix the system, train staffs to use the system, etc. so that ultimately the whole organization capacity has been strengthened.

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