Banteay Srei staff met in Siem Reap from 16th – 20th September for the staff reflection learning and strategic plan development meeting. The 5 day meeting began with a day reflecting on key issues and solutions that were raised in the previous meeting in order to share experiences with the different teams and departments. Key progress made on challenging cases and difficulties in reporting, monitoring and implementing activities were discussed in order to review feasible solutions which could be applied to other departments and offices.
The following 3 days of the meeting, 17-19 September was hosted by independent consultant Carol Strickler who is working closely with Banteay Srei to assist in developing the next strategic plan 2014 – 2017. Participation is one of Banteay Srei’s key program approaches and they involve staff at levels, including relevant stakeholders in the development of strategic planning. Banteay Srei staff have been encouraged to actively participate in the development of this strategy through discussing and exploring the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of current objectives, exploring deeply what Banteay Srei’s Vision, Mission and Values mean to them and their projects and through examining Banteay Srei projects and activities in light of global and regional contexts.
During these 3 days, staff discussed current poverty rates, land access statistics, global disability prevalence rates, rural-urban migration, gender imbalance in labor and salary, gender gap index and representation of women in politics and shared their insights into ways in which the latest trends and statistics are impacting projects and activities in real life. The purpose of this exercise was for staff to feedback on ways in which activities could be re-focussed to adapt to the latest challenges and issues faced by beneficiaries.
Banteay Srei staff worked in breakout groups to brainstorm the true values of their work, key components to be included in the organisation’s theory of change, and to discuss and understand the needs of Banteay Srei’s key stakeholders across the value chain.
On the 5th day of the meeting, the Communication and Donation Liaison Advisor and Coordinator delivered training on the Staff were asked to consider key confidentiality and safety and security measures to implement through the social media policy and to brainstorm improvements of internal communications to improve project delivery and reporting mechanisms to donors.
Throughout the 5 days, Banteay Srei staff demonstrated an energetic approach and active participation in all discussions and activities and key progress was made in developing the strategic development plan, the social media policy and internal communication processes.