Organizational Development (OD)

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The Organisational Development (OD) process led by SHDF will lead to an  improvement in the  organization’s; farmers groups or associations/unions; women’s groups; agribusiness associations; capacity to handle its internal and external functioning and relationships. This would include such things as improved interpersonal and group processes, more effective communication, enhanced ability to cope with organizational problems of all kinds, more effective decision processes, more appropriate leadership style, improved skill in dealing with destructive conflict, and higher levels of trust and cooperation among organizational members.

Over the years SHDF has established well-rooted grassroots structures from village to national level that are now being used by other organizations to penetrate communities. These structures continuously undergo programs on leadership so as to enhance the ability to influence each other to work towards achieving a shared vision. The process involves inspiring leaders to work together as a team that collectively makes decisions on how things should happen in order to achieve a shared vision. The leadership program develops the analytical and advocacy capacity of leaders for effective pro-active advocacy. The leadership program covers aspects of leadership styles; structures; roles of leaders; how to elect leaders; succession planning; team building; constitution drafting; conflict resolution and peace building.
SHDF also has a program on gender and gender mainstreaming to address the environment in which gender policies and programs are developed and implemented. The program focuses on how to integrate gender concerns into programming and is accompanied by developing a strategy to ensure that the operating environment is gender-sensitive, guaranteeing equal opportunities and treatment to both men and women.the Gender program covers, what is gender; gender building blocks; gender division of labour; socialization; access and control; introducing gender; gender analysis; effective gender mainstreaming.