Running workshops is a key component of any community legal empowerment program. Workshops allow an organization to expand its capacity to reach large groups of people with a message, skill or other practical information at one time. It also facilitates conversations and shared learning among refugees, builds community and leadership, and collects information from refugees to inform other program areas.
The section provides workshop techniques for refugee audiences and for institutional partners . The thematic areas covered include:
- human rights (e.g. KYR, KYO) workshops,
- social inclusion workshops, such as women’s groups, men’s groups, and
- integration of refugee host population workshops, and
- gender sensitivity.
Workshops are typically designed to respond to an information need from the population you are serving. For example, if there is a large number of refugees struggling to navigate the local laws to set up a business, you can develop a workshop around work rights, to equip individuals with all the information they need about the local laws, administrative procedures and recourse possibilities. You can identify the needs of the population you through participatory diagnostics. Participatory diagnostics aim to shed light on what the community already knows about a topic, what skills and knowledge does the group bring to the table, and what they feel their most pressing issues are, and their solutions. This step also helps you understand what on-topic knowledge the participants bring with them into the training and equip you to respond to concrete problems that are being faced. The section in this toolkit about participatory diagnostics gives some concrete ideas how to set up such a session.