Building the Capacity of People and Institutions to Achieve Shared Goals
How can Rutgers WPF Indonesia create a better life of the Indonesian people through the fulfillment of their sexuality and reproductive health to the highest standard? One way to achieve this is by conducting capacity building program for teachers and educators, government employees/civil servants, healthcare workers, and staff of civil society organizations. All of this will eventually benefit the ultimate beneficiaries, i.e. children, youth, young adults, married couples and marginalized ones such as people with different ability, diverse sexuality, and those who are at the detention centers or living in high-risk environment (on the street).
Capacity building will not only enable teachers, educators, parents, government employees, healthcare workers and organization committee to have better knowledge on SRHR and improved skills in the delivery of SRH service for the community, but also empower them to make the best out of their networks, obtain the necessary resources in the form of government budget and health experts, increase authority and responsibility, as well as boosting their self-esteem as agents for change and spread the program to reach out more beneficiaries and stakeholders..
Research-Based Capacity Building
To ensure the success of the capacity building process, the initial step of the process is to prepare a plan of action based on a research/study on the gap that exists in the target group (beneficiaries) of the program or those who will be involved directly or indirectly in the program. The gaps may range from knowledge, spirit, behavior, access to partnership, expertise and financial resources, stakeholders’ level of participation, to the condition of direct beneficiaries. Rutgers WPF Indonesia also measures internal strength or the capacity of the organization to determine the level of intervention to be done and the scope of work area to be covered. This will create a design process and capacity building program that is not only effective (successfully eliminating the gap) but also efficient in utilizing Rutgers WPF Indonesia’s resources
Below are examples of the capacity building activities that have been and are being carried out by Rutgers WPF Indonesia:
- Network building or a coalition of organizations working for HIV and AIDS, youth participation, service deliveries, and educational access which are related to sexuality and reproductive health through the establishment of the One Vision Alliance (ASV).
- Advocacy effort to gain support from the government, school institution and relevant stakeholders for the program implementation in the designated areas
- Training programs for teachers, educators, parents and relevant stakeholders including government officials and healthcare workers.
- Training programs for journalists as the front-liners in the publication, advocacy and dissemination of program to the public and the government.
- Improving counseling skills of counselors at health service centers.
- Conduct Training of Trainers (ToT).
- Encourage the establishment of forums as a networking avenue for professionals and people who shared the same concern related to sexuality and reproductive health.
- Promote youth participation to become agent4change to bring positive changes in their communities.
- Increasing men engagement to eliminate domestic violence as well as sexual and gender-based violence.
- Encourage and involve local organizations to become implementing partners in the target area of community development.
There will be more capacity building activities to come with some updates and innovation according to the feedback from the evaluation of the program implementation.