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Hundred Questions as check list of GG facilitation.

100qIt all started with a question 1. why did you form a group? [in Krsinabati Purbasa samity. “To end poverty” was the common answer. 2. What is poverty? Was my second question. My question made them laugh. “No food”, [my facilitation[but you have land. Not all of us are land owners. Some of us have land. Ownership is skewed. Many are landless. We can’t produce enough to feed all of us. So the next logical; chain went on how land, how many people? Which families can not depend on land for livelihood. [ten questions]

The group asked me to see them after one week to calculate to quantify poverty in terms of population and land.

Accordingly I went after one week. They were ready with population figures of the village-with oral calculation on how much rice a person needs in a day, in a month and extending the calculation – in a year.

Technical INFORMATION on Health / Shuttling between health and livelihoods
Extend QUESTIONS from agriculture to HEALTH [ten]- At this point we involved a health NGO. Paramedics explained to the group members about healthy food. Rice alone is not enough to maintain god health. So the process turned into bigger livelihood question – including livestock [ten], poultry [ten], fishery [ten], forestry [ten] etc of the village. Initially we tried to restrict to ten questions in each block to keep minimum control very unruly participation.
So agriculture is extended into multi options of livelihoods around. Questions are around those livelihoods. The better is diversification in livelihoods the better is their life.

Education – Ten questions are here as part of our piloting on interactive education. Hypothesis is - the better is the interaction among teachers, guardians and students the better is the quality of education. Then the question arises- what are the options for the day laborers as parents? Quality of their interactions with their children and the teachers.???

Child Development- After ICT Meena cartoon is the new attraction of rural kids. We show first and then raise questions. Our field colleague Alimon emerged as a very skilled facilitator. Ten questions are here for kochi gobeshoks.

LG/ Service providers- Ten questions for the service providers in the government, market and the society at large. They have relevant information [Right to information in so many sectors] and inputs for the citizen farmers.

Looking back/recap / take those into future-ten questions. These must touch on transformative move from chemical agriculture increasingly toward ecological agriculture say conversion of poultry dropping into fertilizer and make money out of it, technology making labor more productive, village gross product steadily increasing, ICT connecting villages with upazila, district, Dhaka and beyond, addressing rural urban divide in education/aim in life through education/quality education, service providers in the LG performing better etc. Some of the problems will remain. Communicate those to the your MPs to raise in the parliament.

Total hundred-We don’t have to be mathematically hundred always. Just keeping the logic in place. Restricting into ten questions means – prioritizing which questions to be raised. Expected outcome is – a rural knowledge society where they blend their own experience with information. Change is inevitable.

Diverges during brain storming, converges at plans and budget stage/ Resources are limited. Time and ability can not be dispersed beyond certain limit. [Some of those I shared during my virtual course on divergence and convergence were drawn from this process]. Earlier six twelve months for such process of asking hundred questions is now reduced into three –six months. This is not actually mathematically hundred rather statistically hundred.



E-Module Launching program in Jessore by GOUF on 28 February 2010




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