Six Regional Office Coordinators met in Geneva along with their Messengers of Peace (MoP) colleagues at the World Scout Bureau Central Office from 9 to 11 October to gather updates from the first year of implementing various MoP initiatives and to set action plans for the upcoming year. This was the first time that the Regional Coordinators gathered together physically and it was an opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other, exchange ideas, offer mutual support and inspire each other
Since the launch of MoP – World Scouting’s flagship initiative – in September 2011, the Global Projects team has visited all 6 Regional Offices (Africa, Arab, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe and Interamerica) to train the appointed MoP Regional Office Coordinators in each office of the World Scout Bureau. The MoP Regional Office Coordinators are the contact points for the National Scout Organizations in the Regions and are responsible for the Support Fund component of MoP. They receive and review project proposals and support the project leaders in building and strengthening the proposals. They liaise with the Regional Director and the MoP Regional Decision Committee to evaluate and approve projects for funding. Following the approval of a project, the Regional Office Coordinators offer support to the project leader in the National Scout Organization throughout the implementation of the project.
During the first two days of the meeting (9 and 10 October), the Regional Office Coordinators focused on sharing experiences and improving existing tools. They discussed the processes involved to explore how MoP can effectively help respond to the needs in each Region.
The MoP team from the Central Office presented results from assessment of the projects (supported by MoP Support Fund) that was conducted by an external organisation, ‘Wise Philanthropy Advisors’ – experts in consultancy for non-profit organisations. The assessment results were used to analyse how to improve the available documentation and procedures, and how to measure the impact of the projects being implemented with MoP support.
On the last day, Regional Office Coordinators discussed the Global Network component of MoP and communications aspects of their work (how to gather the right information to help tell a story effectively to inspire others). The Regional Coordinators also took the opportunity of being at the Central Office to have several bilateral meetings with both the MoP and other colleagues in Geneva.
The Secretary General of WOSM, Luc Panissod, Chief Operating Officer, Aidan Jones, and Mark Knippenberg from the World Scout Foundation joined parts of the meeting alongside several other Central Office staff members who participated in specific areas of work that were discussed during the three days.
Quotes from Regional Office Coordinators
For me it was very important that we made progress towards having clear guidelines of all the elements and components of MoP. I was also happy that we began to find a way to link MoP with our core business – the educational aspect of Scouting. Prior to coming to this meeting, I had a lot of questions in my mind, some doubts, and at the end of the 3 day gathering, I feel most of my queries were answered and I feel confident to reach out to the National Scout Organizations in my Region.
José Gabriel Criollo
Director, Institutional Development, MoP Regional Office Coordinator - World Scout Bureau / Interamerica Region (Image 3)
It was an excellent opportunity for us, the World Scout Bureau Regional Office Coordinators of MoP, to come together here in Geneva. For me, the gathering helped identify the challenges being faced by the Regional Office Coordinators, and more importantly come up with solutions together. Along with our Central Office colleagues and representatives from the World Scout Foundation, we have laid a good path ahead of us for the upcoming year. MoP in the Asia-Pacific Region has seen an excellent start in the first year, 26 projects have been allocated resources from the MoP Global Support Fund in 14 of our National Scout Organizations, reaching more than 2 million Scouts and non-Scouts across the region. Another success factor is that we have established 23 National Scout Organization MoP Coordinators. In the near future, I expect that we will reach all National Scout Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region and I am enthusiastically looking forward to making this happen.
S. Prassanna Shrivastava
Director, Development Support & Finance, MoP Regional Office Coordinator - World Scout Bureau / Asia-Pacific Region (Image 4)
Regional Office Coordinators & their contact details
AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE
Jacques Sandrizi Ubukandi: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARAB REGIONAL OFFICE
Dr. Atif Abdelmageed Abdelrahman: email@example.com
ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL OFFICE
Prassanna Shrivastava: firstname.lastname@example.org
EURASIA REGIONAL OFFICE
Tatiana Smykovska: email@example.com
EUROPE REGIONAL OFFICE
Rose-Marie Henny: firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERAMERICA REGIONAL OFFICE
José Gabriel Criollo: email@example.com
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