The Solomon Islands Development Trust offers a wide range of services to community groups and not for profits in the Solomon Islands.
Services can range from data collection, evaluation and monitoring in the community through to holding community consultations and training’s and even raising awareness through drama.
Data Collection and Evaluation
SIDT is able to collect data for evaluation of community programs on a contract basis
SIDT has also been involved in program evaluation and is able to assist in designing monitoring and evaluation programs.
If you need assistance in this area please contact SIDT
Training’s and Workshops
SIDT offers a range of training within the community, governance and leadership theme which includes the facilitation of the following trainings:
Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)
– PRA is a method that is used to assist village people to make an assessment of their current living environment and to identify problem areas. This method is based on the belief that people in the village have the ability to analyse their complex realities and are not ignorant. PRA attaches significant credence to local people. Their knowledge, skills, analytic skills and creativity. SIDT uses PRA to facilitate the local people to draw, score, rank, analyse and plan in their own context.
PRA methods use visuals, symbols and flexible local materials like seeds, pebbles and twigs. This enables even shy and non-literate people to participate meaningfully in the planning and monitoring of activities.
PRA is aimed at empowering local people to analyse and reflect on their situation so that they can plan for action and implement and monitor their actions.
It is SIDT’s firm belief that for a community to work together well they must be able to conduct meetings within the community without relying on external people or organisations.
The training goes through each step of a meeting from planning the meeting and developing the agenda, the roles of people within the meeting, how to facilitate a meeting, taking minutes and following up on what has been agreed in the meeting.
Village Action Planning and Proposal Writing
-The Village Action Plan follows on from the PRA training to develop a plan that the village can use to address issues identified within the PRA session. Issues are ranked in terms of importance and how easily they can be addressed. This includes working out what the village can do themselves and what they will need outside help with.
The proposal writing section looks at identifying goals and objectives and then using those to develop and project and proposal that can be used to seek funding. The proposal might be for the building of a school or a clinic or for developing livelihood projects.
Restorative Justice (Conflict Resolution)
-The purpose of Restorative Justice or Win Win Mediation is to help groups that have experienced conflict in how they can work together to resolve conflicts in a fair manner. It also provides ways for people to assess and then address their own behaviour with an understanding of why they may be feeling a certain way and how they can manage those feelings in a better way.
Gender training is provided within communities to provide awareness of gender issues and to address gender imbalance. It is also designed to ensure women’s voices are heard by the leaders in the village so that women’s issues can be addressed. It also ensures that women’s traditional knowledge is taken into consideration when making decisions about land practices and disputes.
Advocacy and Networking
Training rural people on the benefits of cooperation and resolving disputes by reaching common agreements using the process of win-win mediation is an important component of the Village Standup Strong Program (VSS). Community leaders are then trained on the basics of advocating for priority needs and building positive networks for sustainable rural development. Advocacy Committees set up during VSS needs to be effective in advocating and networking for their Village Action Plans to materialize.
Village Level Forum
The Village Forum is the culmination of the Village Save Program and is where there national and provincial MP’s are invited to receive the community’s Village Action Plan and is an opportunity for the village to celebrate everything they have learned.
These training’s can be provided as a complete program or run individually as needed by your organization. Each training has its own facilitators guide and participants handbook and is designed with the Solomon Islands context in mind.
In the past SIDT has conducted training at the village level but also at the institutional level and can provide training to people in your organization who are working with communities.
If you or your organization needs assistance with training or workshops at the village level then contact SIDT to discuss how we can assist you with existing training’s or a training tailored to suit your project.
Awareness and Drama
The Solomon Islands has a very wide geographical spread with encompasses many local cultures and many isolated villages. With this in mind as well as very low literacy levels, dissemination of information and raising awareness can be very difficult.
SIDT has a strong theatre group ‘SEI Theatre Group’ who, with our project team, are able to deliver awareness and teachings through drama presentations. Drama speaks to people of all ages an cultures and engages people through theatre and through songs. This awareness is then supported with printed materials such as posters and comics in the local context and language.
In 2014 in during our Voters Awareness Project SIDT was able to reach thousands of people in all 9 provinces with our drama play. The process included developing the script and songs with input from the Solomon Islands Electoral Commision and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, and then conducting a Training of Trainers Workshop for the various drama groups around the provinces. These provincial groups then traveled around their own provinces with members of the SEI! Group to spread the message.
Other services also include advisory support to address local/indigenous context needs on:
Life Skills and Livelihoods
Focusing on building capacity of Solomon Island villagers in the area of life skills and livelihoods (small income generation).
Health, Water and Sanitation
Without good health, the Solomon Islands cannot grow and prosper as a nation.
The protection of our natural resources in all important and if you do not sustainable use them then livelihoods can disappear.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
Communities can do a lot to help themselves prepare for, and recover more quickly from disasters.