Gender and Technology Training Guidelines
Session 11 - Handout 1
A dry zone in Africa (substitute with country where the training is held) often
experience food security problems, even in good years. In drought years,
communities in this area are usually dependant on government good handouts to
stay alive. Local people have thus become accustomed to handouts either in the
form of money or food. Most people are engaged in some form of agriculture, but
men's tasks and women's tasks are different. There are a number of women headed
A local NGO believes that it is important to break the culture of dependency, and
that a participative approach to the problem identification and resolution will enable
the community to develop the capacity to stand on their own feet.
The NGO intends to adopt a "process approach" and to identify and develop activities
which will help the poorest. The NGO tries to work with existing structures and
institutions. It envisages that its inputs will comprise helping people to share and
exchange information, training, advice, institutional strengthening and organising
visits to other areas or groups.