Poverty Stoplight Headquarters: A Training and Innovation Hub
Feb 1, 2018
At the end of this month, two new Poverty Stoplight partners--Banco Popular, from Honduras, and Fusai, from El Salvador-- joined the Poverty Stoplight team in Paraguay for a five-day training session on the Poverty Stoplight tool and program. In-person training is vital not only for disseminating knowledge but for connecting with partners, and forming lasting relationships. Training weeks, spent face-to-face, ensure that the Stoplight is implemented correctly and uniformly worldwide while also creating a space to share tricks of the trade and unique know-how. Furthermore, the team’s role here at Fundacion Paraguaya is to act primarily as a support system. Having spent time getting to know one another personally and professionally, partners can rely on the Stoplight’s home base in Paraguay as the go-to guide when troubleshooting the Stoplight in their home regions.
The five-day training session covers successful poverty reduction experiences; the Stoplight’s six dimensions; strategy discussions; and various planning workshops. The Bank of Solutions was introduced, as were navigational tips for the recently upgraded Poverty Stoplight Platform technology. Training week also focuses on the Stoplight’s tried-and-tested methodology, which centers around a multidimensional approach to eliminating poverty.
Upon returning home, partners will administer focus groups to validate their recently adapted indicators, which have been developed to complement their existing programs as well as the strengths and needs of their communities. Finally, the training culminated in a field visit. Throughout the day, the group met with the staff one of Fundacion Paraguaya’s microfinance offices, then to meet with a local Committee of Women who have utilized the Stoplight and participated in innovative contests, then to Fundacion Paraguaya’s agricultural school, Cerrito. Eventually, Banco Popular and Fusai will channel this training session into applying the visual survey to staff and clients in their own communities.
Working with these microfinance partners has proven to be especially exciting; while the metric and methodology can be adapted across a variety of communities and contexts, the Poverty Stoplight was born out of a microfinance program, so the team is thrilled to apply this particular expertise in a new venture. They anticipate a great 2018, with what promised to be a productive training week full of communication and innovation.