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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Session plan on Civil Society and Good Governance

Session plan on Civil Society and Good Governance :
Goal:    To provide an overview on the civil society, its emergence and typology and roles in promoting Good Governance.
Objective:    By the completion and end of the the attended training participants would be able to:

1.    Define the term civil society and identify its actors.
2.    Describe the typology of civil society.
3.    Distinguish between the units which are part of civil society and which are not
4.    Describe the relationship between the role of civil society and Good Governance.

Duration:    1 hour 30 minutes

Methods:    Discussion, Small Group Discussion, Experience Sharing.

Materials:    Transparency(s)    3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.3.4, 3.3.5

    Handout(s):    3.3.1 – Civil Society: What does it mean and how to measure the growth
            3.3.2 – Typology of Civil Society
            3.3.3 – Emergence and Growth of Civil Society Organizations in Bangladesh       

Facilitator's Preparation:    
To prepare for this session, facilitator(s) will read handouts and other similar reading materials on civil society and good governance. Ready all the TS and other required logistics before starting the sessions.

Process:    Step I: Understanding Civil Society (20 min)

Provide one VIPP card and marker to each participant and ask to write what is menat to him or her by the term civil society. Ask the participants to post their written cards on the VIPP board. Invite an interested participant to read all the cards and analyze the theme expressed through the cards. Remove those cards which are written with irrlevent concepts. Show the TS 3.3.1 & 3.3.2 and explain what is meant by civil society and who are main three components together constitute the civil society. Provide examples of civil society to make the concept more clear.

        Step II: Typology of Civil Society (20 min)

Invite participants to participate in the process of identifying civil society actors. Ask the participants to stand in circle dividing into three groups. Give them some round-shaped VIPP cards and markers and ask to think and write down instantly the name of some institutions, organizations, and individuals that they think belong to civil society. Collect the cards from each circle of participants and post them on the VIPP board. After some time stop the process and ask the participants to move onto the VIPP board and review what they identified as civil society actors. Through discussion and analysis, reorganize the cards under three broad groups: Institutions, Organizations and Individuals. While arranging the cards, remove irrelevant cards. When the processing is finished, ask participants to take their seats. Summarize the learning from the process saying that there are three broad categories of civil society actors, which are Institutions, Organizations and Individuals. Give some explanation distinguishing Institution and Organizations. Showing the TS 3.3.3 also explain that the civil society actors can also be categorized in another way.

Next, discuss about Institutions, Organizations and Individuals that should not be included under civil society. Show the TS 3.3.4 and explain the theme with some examples.

        Step II: Relationships between Civil Society and Good Governance (50 min)

Divide the participants into three small groups. Ask them to identify the relationships between Civil Society and Good Governance through discussion in the small groups. Provide the flip chart paper and marker to each small group and ask to write the points identified on the flip chart paper. Allow participants 25 – 30 minutes to work in small groups.

At the end of given time, ask the small groups to come back in the large group and present their flip chart paper. After presentation by three groups, summarise the findings in another flip chart paper. Show the TS 3.3.5 and reinforce again the learning points on relationship between Civil Society and Good Governance. Finally conclude the session with the distribution of Handouts 3.3.1, 3.3.2, & 3.3.3 to each participants.