In the last year, the BOND project took upon itself a key task, to undertake a Lab Experiment in Moldova. The Lab Experiment is a learning process involving farmers and land manager groups who will participate in capacity building activities and in the design of Action Plans that will lead to the signature of Memorandum of Understanding in different sectors for future cooperation.
On February 25, 2020, ProEntranse organization, launched the first key event, focused on analyzing organizational performance and developing an Action Plan. Event #2 and 3 were originally designed under a face-to-face format, to be implemented the 19th March and 10 April 2020.
Towards the end of February 2020, the Republic of Moldova, like many other countries, closed the borders and restricted all face-to-face encounters, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, which has spread globally. Due to the COVID 19 crisis, in the context of restrictions and sanitary confinement in Europe, the event had to change its structure to a virtual format that has been re-designed in order to be able to implement this activity. It is worth mentioning that the main objectives and foreseen outcomes have been kept, but methodology and format have been completely changed.
As a result of the current situation, the training presentations within the event #2, exercises and exchanges were oriented to examples and challenges emerging from the COVID 19 crises. Event #2 has been promoted by ProEntranse, with the support of FAO and Cordoba University, and was split into 5 online sessions, that took place between May and June 2020.
Event 2 was developed using 3 different tools:
- 1st tool: an on line webinar about the event program and objectives, the methodology, and main introductory concepts.
- 2nd tool: two videos of 30 minutes length, containing the presentations about the main concepts and ideas related to the different subjects of the training. Mamen Cuellar-Padilla from the University of Cordoba elaborated of the 2 videos, which were translated into Romanian, subtitled and distributed to the participants.
- 3rd tool: 3 practical on line sessions of 1 hour and a half-length, based on exercises and the application of concrete tools facilitated by local and international experts.
In this order of ideas, 5 online training sessions have been organised within Event #3:
- May 22, 2020 – Session 1 – Introduction to event 2 program and training objectives. Introduction to groups as complex systems. Group dimensions and dynamics. The emotional dimension as a key element;
- May 23, 2020 – Session 2 – Group dynamics and dimension – practical session;
- May 30, 2020 – Session 3 – Conflicts as a mean to reinforce a group. Tools to incorporate the emotional/conflicts dimension in our groups;
- June 6th, 2020 – Session 4 – The importance to generate synergies in our social context. Tools to design bridging strategies;
- June 12, 2020 – Session 5 – Advancing the Action Plans and the signing of the potential MoUs.
The event #3 was organized in September 2020 and was focused on Cooperative development, dialogue and Lego serious play. Event #3 was structured in 3 online sessions with the duration of approximately 2 hours each:
- 4 September 2020 – Session 1 – Cooperative successful experiences and financial instruments for farmers support;
- 11 September 2020 – Session 2 – Dialogue between cooperatives and government;
- 18 September 2020 – Session 3 – Gamification based on cooperative development;
During the 3rd event, participants had access to 2 video recordings, registered by cooperative’s representatives from France and Norway.
Marie Odile Smets, from Panier Vert, France cooperative described how the cooperative is administrated, how the cooperative works on products, how is the cooperative’s own capital created and other interesting elements which make the cooperative successful and profitable.
Julie Hval discussed about cooperative experience from Norway, how should be the cooperative’s focus on youth and how youth can be motivated to join or to establish cooperatives.
At all 3 events participated more than 30 participants and at the end of the every online session, attenders received materials containing tools and key messages that can be used in their subsequent activity.
The LAB Experiment was organized in Republic of Moldova by ProEntranse organization, partner within the BOND project, piloting new capacity development tools aimed at solve problems and creative thinking.
This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 774208.