Programme

Welcome! The virtual conference is over, but you can still register / login to access the presentations.


Round 1

9:00 am9:10 am

Round 2

2:00 pm2:10 pm

Welcome & Introduction

Speaker: Mr Abebe Yohannes Saketa

Participants and speakers are welcomed to the 3rd Virtual Conference on Diakonia.

Need help?

Round 1

9:10 am9:40 am

Round 2

2:10 pm2:40 pm

Managing as responsible stewards – a Keynote Address

Speaker: Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki

The keynote address of the 3rd LWF Virtual Conference on Diakonia explores the theological dimension of management. How does good management relate to good diakonia, how does it inform and improve diakonia?

Objective: Participants gain theological insights into diaconal management and mutually reflect on how these inform their practical experiences.

Need help?

Round 1

9:40 am10:00 am

Round 2

2:40 pm3:00 pm

Delivering quality

Speaker: Dr Petra Feil

This presentation looks at our responsibility to ensure that we provide the best services and how churches can enhance the quality in their delivery of programs.

Objective: Participants engage in mutual conversation on how quality relates to shared values of service, in perspective of diakonia as an expression of love to communities/neighbours.

Need help?

Round 1

9:40 am10:00 am

Round 2

2:40 pm3:00 pm

Using resources effectively: Lessons from the LWF program evaluation.

Speaker: Prof. W. Ogara

Stories and insights from the recent evaluation of the diakonia training support (scholarships) undertaken by the LWF will be highlighted.

Objective: Participants mutually share good management practices, practical learning and challenges in the contexts of the LWF member churches.

Need help?

Sub-theme 1: Accountability & Learning

Accountability and learning are important marks of effective diakonia. Yet beyond effectiveness, churches aspire to ensure participation and create accountability among different actors: the communities they serve, partners and government bodies at different levels. How can such mutual accountability be ensured in practice, including accountability towards the beneficiaries of diaconal programs/projects?

Round 1

10:00 am10:10 am

Round 1

3:00 pm3:10 pm

Introduction

Moderator: Ms Ilona Dorji

Participants are introduced to the respective case studies and speakers on the sub-theme of accountability and learning.

Need help?

Round 1

10:10 am10:30 am

Round 2

3:10 pm3:30 pm

Case study 1: Participatory Planning

Speaker: Ms Venah Mzezewa

This session will give an overview of the basic principles – that diakonia should be seen more as a change from the bottom up than from the top down; it should be managed as a natural organic process making room for adaptation to local conditions; and ensure that the process is locally rooted and increases local capacity, etc.

Objective: Participants share and learn – through a case study from LUCSA – how to successfully conduct inclusive and participatory planning where everyone who has a stake in the intervention has a voice, either in person or by representation.

Need help?

Round 1

10:30 am10:50 am

Round 2

3:30 pm3:50 pm

Case study 2: Effective Monitoring & Reporting

Speaker: Mr Kishore Kumar

The link between monitoring and reporting will be highlighted; and the 5 most crucial elements to consider, and the 5 most serious defects to avoid in effective (evidence-based) reporting will be shared in the context of experiences from India/UELCI.

Objective: Participants share good practices and challenges in views of improving skills in evidence based reporting.


Need help?

Round 1

10:30 am10:50 am

Round 2

3:30 pm3:50 pm

Case study 3: Evaluation

Speaker: Ms Rosilin Bock

This session will give an overview of evaluation as a tool to improve performance and to achieve results.

Objective: Participants share and learn – through a practical case study from Brot für die Welt – how to assess the performance of a diakonia project and how to correct the deficiencies if/when they occur.

Need help?

Round 1

10:50 am11:00 am

Round 2

3:50 pm4:00 pm

Wrap-up

Ms Ilona Dorji

Wrap-up of Sub-theme 1: “Accountability and Learning”

Need help?

Sub-theme 2: Ensuring Sustainability of Diaconal Impact

Achieving sustainable impact is a critical challenge for all local and international development agencies. How can we best use the limited resources at our disposal to improve the lives of people, and make that change last? How can such impact be assessed? Can we give our reach and effectiveness a boost by strategically networking with partners at different levels?

Round 1

11:00 am11:10 am

Round 2

4:00 pm4:10 pm

Introduction

Moderator: Ms Simangaliso Hove

A brief overview on the upcoming sessions and an introduction of the speakers.

Need help?

Round 1

11:10 am11:40 am

Round 2

4:10 pm4:40 pm

Workshop 1: Planning and assessing impact

Speaker: Ms Julia Brümmer

What is impact? Why is it important to plan for impact and assess the impact of diaconal interventions? Some hints for planning and assessing impact in context with resource constraints (financial, human resources, time, data availability).

Objective: To clarify some basic concepts around impact and raise awareness among the VC participants on the importance, opportunities and possible pitfalls in impact-related thinking.

Need help?

Round 1

11:40 am12:00 pm

Round 2

4:40 pm5:00 pm

Workshop 2: Impact study on Educational Institutions – ELCJHL

Speaker: Mr Charlie Haddad

What are important findings from the recent impact study of the ELCJHL School Operations? How will the results of the study be used? What are some of the lessons learned for conducting impact studies, especially for contexts in which fewer resources may be available?

Objective: Participants will have understood the usefulness, but also the challenges related to studying the impact of an intervention through the illustrations of a real, recent example.


Need help?

Round 1

11:40 am12:00 pm

Round 2

4:40 pm5:00 pm

Workshop 3: Good practice in diaconal networking

Speaker: Ms Cibele Kuss

Relationships of all kinds and at all levels is where things happen. The systematic nurturing of relationships with those who have common interests and those whom we depend on to achieve our goals is key for sustainable diakonia. Taking the work of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB ) as an example, this workshop looks at who diaconal actors “network” with, and for which purposes.

Objective: Participants can name at least 5 examples of good practices in effective networking, both among diaconal actors and with other civil society actors and government institutions.

Need help?

Round 1

12:00 pm12:10 pm

Round 2

5:00 pm5:10 pm

Wrap-up of Sub-theme 2: “Ensuring Sustainability of Diaconal Impact”

Need help?

Sub-theme 3: Responding to the Climate Crisis:

How can we as churches contribute to environmental sustainability as part of our diaconal work and through good management—especially as vulnerable people around the world are struggling to adapt to the increasingly adverse effects of climate change?

Round 1

12:10 pm1:05 pm

Round 2

5:10 pm6:05 pm

Panel: Responding to the climate crisis

Moderator: Ms Caroline Bader

The panel will draw concrete examples from different areas of work, such as environmental management, advocacy and environmental recovery programmes & projects. In that context it will explore how diakonia can contribute to caring for creation and to safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations—those who bear the greatest burden of the effects of climate change.

Objective: Participants understand the connection between creation, climate change and responsible diakonia and are aware of the different ways in which diaconal actors can address the effects of climate change by working effectively together in different contexts.

Rehabilitating the environment – diaconal experience from Ethiopia.
Speaker: Mr Girma Borishe

Networking & advocating across civil society – experience from the GYRN
Speaker: Ms Thamesha Watson

Promoting stewardship of creation
Speaker: Dr Per Ivar Vaje

Need help?

Round 1

1:05 pm1:10 pm

Round 2

6:05 pm6:10 pm

Closing of the 3rd Virtual Conference on Diakonia.

Need help?