During the FOLD (Facilitating Organizational Learning for development) training for Cycle “S” module II held recently, EASUN continued to strengthen the integration of gender and more specifically, women’s empowerment focus in the sessions for practicing organizational diagnosis.
New exercises were designed in such a way that challenged participants to relate identified change in specific organizational levels to actions that would be required at various other levels. As an example, actions taken to strengthening identity management of a CSO at the level of values will require the organization to examine what such change is asking of them to “let go” of, strengthen, or do differently in managing the level of gender. This emphasis In training leaders and facilitators means, in essence, that any diagnosis process will ensure that an organization or community in a development process is listening to its development questions at the three levels of thinking (head – this where policies frameworks are either generated or imposed), feeling (heart – this is where values and emotions may be invoked) and intentions or will (feet – this is where the will to implement is generated, or resistance induced). All transformative work requires that the heart is touched in order to access the will to change.