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Democratizing Governance through Visualization in Participatory Processes

IIRR, Yen Center, Silang, Cavite, Philippines
Dulce Dominguez

The course focuses on promoting ‘participation, accountability and effectiveness at all levels of the organization using Visualization in Participatory Processes (VIPP). VIPP has been used in development programmes around the world as an approach to participatory planning and training and as a way to build effective partnerships in programming. The VIPP approach offers an alternative to formal classroom discussion type training programs as it provides spaces for participants to generate and express ideas, values and experiences that inspire other participants.

Course Objectives

1.Discussed and analyzed concepts and principles on participation, accountability and transparency to promote good governance;

2. Shared their personal and organizational experiences in promoting/advocating for good governance;

3. Demonstrated the use of interactive methods and tools for facilitating democratic processes; and

4. Generated ideas to institutionalize democratic governance within their organization.

Who should attend

Local and International NGO staff

Government and extension personnel engaged in conducting training sessions, seminars and conferences

Facilitators and trainers


• Combination of short visualised inputs, individual tasks, group work, team cooperation, constructive feedback and learning by doing. Participants will use all their senses, both cognitive and emotional.
• Facilitation, communication and presentation to enhance group qualities, synergy and output, including attitudes, behaviours and values of the trainer.
• Repertoire of VIPP methods and tools
• Visualization using various media, including cards and charts, drawings and diagrammatic representations.
• Key concepts, quality standards and training formats generated by all participants.

Course Content

Module 1: Understanding the Basic Concepts of Visualization in Participatory Programme

Participants share training and facilitation experiences and discuss concepts of visualization and presentation skills. There is also presentation and description of a range of VIPP tools used in programming.

Module 2: Practicing VIPP in Strengthening Democratic Governance in Organizations

Participants will be provided tasks for them to practice facilitation using the VIPP approach. They will facilitate discussions on understanding the threats to democratic governance and how the VIPP process can address these threats. While participants learn about concepts and general tips on democratic governance they also improve their VIPP facilitation skills and techniques.

Module 3: Action Planning

Using the VIPP approach of 12-step to design, participants are guided in designing a simple, doable and realistic action plan of applying VIPP in their respective participatory governance programs.

Course Fees and Related Term

The training fee of 1,000USD covers: course fee meals and coffee breaks double occupancy accommodation course-related materials field and agency visits, and airport transfers.

Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.

The course is organized by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in partnership with the VIPP core group members: Dr. Hermann J. Till-mann and Dr. Maruja Salas of the Partnership Society for VIPP-Practice and Creative Learning.


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