A female diaspora expert who is about to start an assignment with the Somali Ministry of Justice in Hargeisa was given a simulation of how her first meeting with the Ministry of Justice might go.
The aim of the exercise was to help her manage her expectations in relation to the tasks she will perform on her assignment. She found it challenging but it equipped her with valuable insight into how to manage such a meeting.
The session was hosted by the trainer, Wim Nijssen (owner of Currents Facilitation) as part of the second CD4D pre-departure training, which seeks to prepare CD4D participants for their assignments to come. He encourages them to reflect upon their expectations personally, professionally and with regards to what they can achieve within the given time-frame of their assignments.
Another participant was given a similar simulation. His assignment is with the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology (EBKUST) in Sierra Leone and is quite different to the one the Somali expert is about to embark on.
It is highly beneficial for different participants to hear and share with each other, to reflect upon themselves but also upon others and contribute to each other’s expectations.
The trainer’s interactive teaching style is highly effective and also gets participants to understand what knowledge transfer and facilitation entails in order to achieve sustainable development goals. Connecting Diaspora for Development thus becomes a reality.