Supporting Community-Based Organisations: A Language, Education and Development Community of Practice Event

Supporting Community-Based Organisations: A Language, Education and Development Community of Practice Event

Bangkok Christian Guest House (map)

Over recent years there has been increasing recognition of the importance of localisation of activities, including decision-making, leadership, resourcing, partnerships, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. This event will make space to learn from those who have experience in creating, running, and working with Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), and begin to explore some of the following areas:

  • What is a CBO, and why does it matter?
  • How CBOs are formed and by whom.
  • Different models/structure of CBOs.
  • How and why to register CBOs formally.
  • Resourcing of CBOs.
  • Challenges that are faced by CBOs.
  • How to respond to and avoid crises (both within CBOs and within communities).
  • How to encourage CBO’s to have entrepreneurial goals.
  • Creating learning cultures within CBOs.
  • Working alongside/with CBOs in healthy ways

The main goal of the event is to learn more about CBOs and the way they function, and to facilitate dialogue between CBOs and those with whom they work. By the end of the event, it is our hope that participants will have:

  1. identified the (common) characteristics of CBOs,
  2. discussed how CBOs can help catalyse community involvement in activities so that they are central to any changes in their community,
  3. explored the benefits and challenges of different CBO models/structures,
  4. investigated the resourcing challenges faced by CBOs and some possible responses to those challenges,
  5. explored the organisational/relational power dynamics influencing CBOs and how to encourage healthy communication within and with CBOs,
  6. explored their role in catalysing the formation of CBOs and supporting them in their work.


When? 4-6 October 2018 (3 days)
Where? Bangkok Christian Guest House, 123 Saladaeng Soi 2, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand. Click for directions to the venue.
How? The event will be facilitated in English, adopting a participatory style. Feedback to the whole group will be in English, but participants are encouraged to use whichever languages they are most comfortable with when working in smaller groups.
Costs? Early-bird registration (before 4 August 2018): 120 US Dollars per person. Registration after 4 August 2018: 150 US Dollars. This fee covers all event materials, lunch and snacks for 3 days.

STOP PRESS! In light of the focus of this event, we are pleased to be able to offer a special rate for national staff working with CBOs who have not previously attended a LEAD CoP event: 60 US Dollars (before 4 August 2018), or 75 US Dollars (after 4 August 2018).

Accommodation: Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for all their travel, accommodation and food costs (including evening meals, local transport and - of course - flights). Rooms can be booked at the venue by emailing Please mention you are attending this event in any communication with the venue. The following rooms and rates are available: single (910 Baht), twin sharing (1270). A very limited number of triplerooms are subject to availability.

Any questions? Check out the FAQs and email if you have any remaining queries.


Thursday 4 October - Beginning and Growing
08:30-09:00 - Arrival & Sign in
09:00-09:15 - Session 0: Welcome & Introductions
09:15-10:30 - Session 1: The community and change
10:30-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:30 - Session 2: What is a CBO, and why does it matter?
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:30 - Session 3: Different models/structures of CBOs.
15:30-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Session 4: How CBOs are formed and by whom.
17:15-17:30 - Daily Highlights

Friday 5 October - Maturing and Stabilising
09:00-10:15 - Session 5: Why and how to register CBOs formally.
10:15-10:45 - Break
10:45-12:30 - Session 6: Resourcing of CBOs.
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:30 - Session 7: Challenges faced by CBOs.
15:30-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Session 8: How to respond to and avoid crises.
17:15-17:30 - Daily Highlights

Saturday 6 October - Flourishing
09:00-10:30 - Session 9: Creating learning cultures within CBOs.
10:30-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:30 - Session 10: Making calculated changes - monitoring & evaluation.
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:30 - Session 11: Working alongside and with CBOs in healthy ways.
15:30-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:00 - Session 12: Next steps.

(Schedule subject to change)

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