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On VBNK's holistic particpatory organisational development assessments:

"…the VBNK team conducted a very thorough and comprehensive organisational analysis with [local Cambodian NGO providing health care to very poor urban communities]. …the in-depth analysis, and …realistic, insightful recommendations …have really helped us to move forward in pinpointing blockages, and therefore are helping us to move closer to realising our vision and mission."

Chairman of the Board of a Cambodian NGO providing health care to poor urban communities

 

 

On the ICCO Partners Project (IPP) that piloted VBNK's holitsic/systems apporach to organisational learning and change:

"I like the process and try to learn from the VBNK team here. If you look at the content, it's the same everywhere, but if you look at the process, VBNK is very different."

Employee from organisation that particpated in the ICCO Partners Project

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"We changed the way to develop a project and writing proposals. In the past, the director prepared project proposal based on worn ideas and limited information about issues of the target group. Now we develop projects based on the reflection on completed projects, consultation with target group, and project staff. Everyone was involved in the project design and I write up the proposal to submit to donors. As a result, we gained more participation and collaboration from target group in project implementation. I am more and more confident of proposal development and report writing."

Employee from organisation that particpated in the ICCO Partners Project

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"Before the IPP [ICCO Partners Project] I worked with my eyes closed, now I work with my eyes open"

Employee from organisation that particpated in the ICCO Partners Project

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"The VBNK Trainer was so comitted. It felt like he worked at our organisation. EWven if there wasn't anyone else that I could rely on for advice, I knew I could contact him. I didn't worry about him sharing my weaknesses with the donor."

Employee from organisation that particpated in the ICCO Partners Project

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"When you keep learning, success takes care of itself"

Employee from organisation that particpated in the ICCO Partners Project

 

 

On VBNK's Leadership Development Programme (LDP):

"Previously I would follow other people’s ideas, so that I would not be wrong. But now I have my own vision and my own values."

Particpant from Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

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"I was surprised at first when I learned about power-within. I realised that I had power all along but I never used it. I felt as if I had just woken up."

Particpant from Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

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"…helps me to have creative ideas that I can use. I feel that I have not used this part of me for a long time so the knife is not so sharp but it is improving already."

Particpant from Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

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"Now I understand that in development work we are facilitators. We don’t tell people what to do or to give them the answers. We try to let people think about their own situation."

Particpant from Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

 

 

On VBNK's Women Leadership Development Programme (WLP) provided to the Ministry of Women's Affairs:

“They now trust themselves and their judgments, which gives them the confidence to
advocate for what they believe in. They have strength of purpose and a new commitment to change for themselves, for other women in the civil service and for the community. Whereas in the past they have been frustrated and passive, they now feel empowered and are prepared to organize, to be advocates and to take action.”

Comment made in appreciation letter by Ministry of Women's Affairs

 

 

On "Better Factories Cambodia", a remediation modular training programme that is a collaboration between VBNK and ILO:

"Before the programme when management saw me coming they had a headache as I was only bringing them problems. That has changed so much. As a result of the ILO/VBNK programme the union and management work together to solve problems, The workplace is so much better for everyone."

President of Free Trade Union at a garment factory


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