Updated Mar 29, 2019

Scaling the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) in Partnership with the Government of Rwanda

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Shai Fogelson

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The Facilitated Collective Action Process, or FCAP, combines facilitated capacity building with a seed grant, enabling rural communities to set their own goals and effect change through the launching of communal projects.

Spark’s Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) is a curated series of weekly meetings through which Spark provides facilitation and capacity building in areas like financial literacy, project management and budgeting. Within six months, villages develop a project plan aligned with their community’s chosen priority areas and set up a village fund and VSLAs. Communities then receive a seed ...
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Spark’s Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) is a curated series of weekly meetings through which Spark provides facilitation and capacity building in areas like financial literacy, project management and budgeting. Within six months, villages develop a project plan aligned with their community’s chosen priority areas and set up a village fund and VSLAs. Communities then receive a seed grant of $8,000 to help launch their chosen project, as well as an additional six months of project implementation support, followed by two years of monitoring and decreasing intensive support. The FCAP has been designed to ensure that communities are well-equipped to independently work towards their goals after they graduate from the process. Spark and the Government of Rwanda will scale the FCAP nationally, enabling villages across the country to take control of their own future and prove a model for stimulating civic action. As the next step in this process, Spark will saturate two ‘example’ sectors in each of Rwanda’s thirty districts, directly reaching 1 million lives and catalyzing over 5,040 community projects. Spark will also complete an impact evaluation on the process to prove village facilitation stimulates sustained civic action. Ultimately, the program will grow to impact 12,000 villages and 11 million lives annually. Globally, evaluation efforts will influence how a $2.7 billion marketplace for 'community-driven development' is structured and spent.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Third party deployment of the FCAP has been tested with existing partners over the last 3 years, and we are now well positioned to scale the FCAP without sacrificing the quality implementation for which we have been known since our founding in 2010.

Focus Areas:

Economic Empowerment, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Social & Micro Finance and 1 MoreSEE ALL

Economic Empowerment, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Social & Micro Finance and Leadership DevelopmentSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Ghana and LiberiaSEE LESS

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Key Partner
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Countries Implemented In
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Employees

Problem

Decades of prescriptive programs have sidelined Rwandan families from participating in the very change meant to uplift them. Today, decisions for the country are made by the national and district level governments, and not at the village level. This is dangerous, as citizen participation in decision making is directly tied to belief in institutions and the stability of a country.

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Solution

Boldly, the Ministry of Local Government seeks to scale Spark’s Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) nationally, so that every village will have the right fulfilled to determine their own local goals and make progress against them. The FCAP is based on historical Rwandese practices of community meetings and service, and through this scaling, we will enable Rwandan villages to reclaim their pre-colonial history and post-genocide future.

Target Beneficiaries

Complete national scaling of the FCAP will benefit some 12,000 Rwandan villages and approximately 11 million lives. Furthermore, this project will prove that facilitated funding models enable citizens to have control over local development, suggesting an approach that can scale not only nationally, but internationally, to new countries, contexts, and communities.

Mission and Vision

Spark MicroGrants is on a mission to catalyze collective action in rural communities facing poverty through building civic action and economic power. Our vision is a world where everyone lives with dignity and determines their own positive future.

Competitive Advantage

Spark has a direct request from the Government of Rwanda to scale the FCAP nationally, enabling 12,000 villages to go through the process not just once, but continually, every year. This would be the most notable decentralization program in Africa, shifting a highly centralized government to effectively allocate resources and decision making to the village level. Spark is the only group with the experience and product needed to train village leaders in Rwanda on facilitation to catalyze long-term civic action. Implemented in 200+ villages across five countries, the FCAP consistently leads to increased inclusion in village planning. Across the board, 94% of villages continue to meet on a regular basis, 87% have launched secondary projects and 91% have successfully advocated to their governments. The FCAP is also just ¼ of the cost of top-down approaches and out performs comparative small grants programs in citizen participation, secondary projects and successful advocacy attempts.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Despite a demand for strengthening local community through civic action, there is no set of best practices, no clear evidence and no global gathering to usher this new sector into being. Spark wants to develop a Community of Practice as a critical vehicle for scaling the FCAP in Africa and beyond as it is bringing together like-minded partners, in which we already have five, to share and refine best practices for community strengthening and civic action.
Funding Goal250,000
New Implemented CountriesGuinea, Sierra Leone
Recruit2 Management
New FeatureEstablish and empower a collaboration of partners focused on community driven development.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Dr. Alvera Mukabaramba, Minister of State for Social Affairs and Social Protection, is the acting lead for this program. She is supported by Justine Gatsinzi, lead for Social Protection at the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency. Sasha Fisher, co-founder and executive director of Spark will act as the global lead on the program, supported by Gilbert Nsabimana, Country Director for Spark and lead on Rwanda strategy and delivery.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Mar 2019
Key Partnership
Government
ORGANIZATIONRwanda's Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA)
Feb 2019
New Product Or Service
First trainings on new USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) tools, enabling remote reporting in Rwanda that is cheaper and more efficient.
Jan 2012
New Country Implemented In
Uganda
Mar 2010
New Country Implemented In
Rwanda
Mar 2010
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