CAPACITY BUILDING

CAPACITY BUILDING: This is built on the principles of empowerment, participation and inclusion, which are at the core of our mandate and central to human development. This is because we see disempowerment, discrimination, voicelessness, marginalisation and exclusion as major causes as well as results of poverty, conflict and suffering. This programme is tasked with the responsibility of training and imparting vital knowledge and skills to MEGEN members and the public on a range of issues including; human rights, leadership, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV & AIDS, Peace Building and Conflict resolution. The strategies include training, encouraging inter-gender dialogues, civic education, networking and alliance building among others.

Output: An effective, field-focused organization with a capacity to implement programmes at county and national levels.

Activities:

  • Capacity assessment and strengthening including raining of members and communities
  • Creation of opportunities for members and the community to apply the training for engaging men and boys;
  • Mobilising resources to allow MEGEN membership to undertake activities;
  • Provide equipment for data generation and record keeping;
  • Building members capacity to carry out documentation of lessons learnt and good practices;
  • Conducting strategic (inter-gender & inter-generational) dialogues at different levels;
  • Building the capacity of community members and leaders to address SGBV, HIV & AIDS.

Strategic direction: To enhance knowledge and skills of the MEGEN membership, staff and community leaders to generate resources required for the implementation of an expanded MEGEN programme.

Objectives:

  1. Build the capacity of its members and communities to understand, promote and apply gender equality principles and to acquire positive masculinities and femininities;
  2. Generate the resources required for supporting and sustaining the functions of MEGEN in realization of its goals.
RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

MEGEN endeavors to develop programmes and projects that are moving from discovery to goal oriented and therefore address the needs of the diverse communities that it serves. To this end, the research and development programme is tasked with the responsibilities of conducting baseline surveys, monitoring and evaluation of MEGEN activities thus enabling the organisation to work from a point of knowledge rather than assumption. The research component helps in identifying needs, entry points for project interventions and the basis for designing appropriate intervention, prevention and response strategies.

The programme also aims to establish integrated results based management culture and support system to generate, process, document and share MEGEN lessons and achievements. The evaluation function and culture helps in generating-evidence on the strategic plan implementation for learning, decision-making, and accountability in all areas of MEGEN work.

Strategic direction:

Developing systematic ways of investigating, assessing, documenting information on gender justice, human rights, SGBV, HIV & AIDS together with the survivors, service providers and other beneficiaries.

Objectives:

  1. Develop participatory research capacity by designing and using appropriate approaches; tools and enhancing skills of the MEGEN membership to generate data, insights and case studies for generating evidence of MEGEN’s impact of working with men and boys;
  2. Collaborate with likeminded organizations to undertake research, documentation and dissemination of good practices and experiences in working with men and boys to end SGBV and promotion of gender equality.

 Output:

Generate, process, document and share experiences, lessons and achievements in working with men and boys for social justice.

 Activities:

  • Develop a participatory research protocol and share it with key actors;
  • Desk reviews;
  • In-depth interviews;
  • Focus Group Discussions (FGDs);
  • Documentation, information sharing and dissemination of data and findings;
SURVIVOR SUPPORT

As the name suggests, this programme was designed with a sole motive of reaching out to survivors of SGBV and helping them to access justice and other comprehensive care and support services that can help them regain their confidence, dignity, healing and productivity. MEGEN believes that unless people can influence decisions that directly affect their lives, they will remain excluded from mainstream development. The programme activities are designed and implemented in a manner that directly impacts on people’s capacity to recover, restore their dignity and also help others to overcome similar challenges.

Strategic Direction:

Responding rapidly with an aim of providing support to survivors of SGBV and linking them to comprehensive care and support services.

Objectives:

  1. Support and facilitate survivors of (SGBV) in accessing comprehensive care services including access to health, justice, psychosocial support, safety and security, in order to ensure healing and restoration of dignity to survivors and their families;
  2. Collaborate with likeminded organizations to push for the implementation of legislations for the prevention and response to SGBV and the spread of HIV and AIDS.

 Output:

Increased number of survivors who have received comprehensive care and support and justice.

Activities:

  • Review and orientation sessions;
  • Paralegal training;
  • Rapid response and rescue missions;
  • Court attendance;
  • Psychosocial and Counselling sessions.
COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY

This programme seeks to strengthen the capacity of MEGEN members and the public and to empower them with knowledge and skills to effectively address issues of sexual and gender based violence and the violation of their human rights, to share experiences and use the lessons learnt to reach others. This is done by sharing of information through interpersonal encounters, publications of Behaviour Change and Communication (BCC) materials, training sessions, strategic and inter-gender and integenerational dialogues and sharing of experiences and strategies from diverse communities. Through this programme MEGEN also engages in networking and alliance building.

Strategic direction:

Engaging MEGEN membership and the public in innovative community mobilisation, sensitisation, education and transformational activities to promote gender justice, prevent and respond to SGBV and the spread of HIV & AIDS and to ensure social justice.

Objectives:

  1. Create a core of male and female advocates by establishing chapters in different counties for promotion of gender equality and the elimination of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and the spread of HIV& AIDS;
  2. Create awareness, share information and experiences on (SGBV), HIV & AIDS and their impact on the realization of human rights;
  3. Strengthen networking and alliance building through joint programming, information sharing, lobbying and advocacy.

Output:

High quality documentation and production of BCC materials and skills for engaging with men and boys and the general public in advocacy and awareness creation.

Activities:

  • Information packaging, repackaging, and dissemination;
  • Sharing of information on human rights instruments;
  • Documenting and disseminating lessons learnt and best practices;
  • Increasing MEGEN’s visibility through different forums and constituencies;
  • Evidence-based planning and advocacy;
  • Publication of Behaviour Change and Communication (BCC) materials;
  • Planning implementation and joint review of activities with like-minded partners.