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Humane Community
Development:
An “Inside-out” Approach to Dog
Population Management
Kate Nattrass Atema
Director, Companio...
The International NGO Dilemma
 Provide aid, materials
or capacity-building?
 Develop a model
project and replicate
all o...
Challenges to sustainable, effective
DPM
 Passionate
disagreement
 Mistrust between
NGOs and
governments
 Dependency on...
Humane Community
Development
Community
assessment
and
stakeholder
engagement
Building a
Humane
Community
workshop
Humane
Community
Action
Planning
work...
Community
plan
refinement
and
finalization
Startup grants
and HCD
project launch
Share and
Learn
Monitoring and
Adapting
w...
“That’s neat. So when do you
start sterilizing the dogs?”
“That’s neat. So when do you
start sterilizing the dogs?”
Stakeholder meetings to present our own
views and solutions
“That’s neat. So when do you
start sterilizing the dogs?”
Stakeholder meetings to present our own views
and solutions
Capa...
“That’s neat. So when do you
start sterilizing the dogs?”
Stakeholder meetings to present our own views
and solutions
Capa...
“That’s neat. So when do you
start sterilizing the dogs?”
Stakeholder meetings to present our own views and
solutions
Capa...
Community
members
Farmers
Wildlife/
conservationists
Animal rights
Veterinarians
Local partner for:
 Coordination
 Community
mentoring
 Communication
and local tailoring
Pilot testing
Chile
Puerto Natales
Bosnia
Lopare
Sanski Most
Jajce
Gradacac
Native America
Sagamok
Building A Humane Community
Workshop
 Being heard, sharing
perspectives
 Root cause
exploration
 Test assumptions
and d...
Stakeholder groups
Stakeholders
 Participants arrived
with an agenda -
their own!
 Highly charged:
conflict, anger,
blame
 Personal opinio...
Breaking cultural hierarchy
Please click the following link to view the video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cji6LJ8CSWw&feature=youtu.be
Compared to before the workshop,
have your ideas changed about the
problems with dogs? (n=83)
Compared to before the workshop,
have your ideas changed about what
needs to be done? (n=83)
Community Data Collection
Action Planning Workshop
 Review group
accomplishments
 Share community
data
 Prioritize problems
 Identify practical
...
Learning to plan
 Understand
planning process
 Objectives,
timelines,
responsibilities
 Monitoring against
goals
Action...
Results: Values
Results: Strategies
The plan: Puerto Natales
Goals
• Get the dogs off the streets
• Improve concerns about dogs: fear, bites,
hygiene
• Improv...
The plan: Lopare
Goals
• Reduce dog
attacks
• Improve care for
dogs
Actions
• Creating the ‘hygiene
service’: Firefighters...
How much confidence do you have
that that the community will be able to
improve the situation with dogs? (n=108)
Community project launch
Please click the following link to view the video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nj_kZSKjiQ
• Emergence of local
leadership
• Emphasis on animal welfare
• Citizen groups pushing back
on leadership to make the
right...
Pleasant surprises
• Willingness to take political
risks
• Humane values
• Enthusiasm for unexpected
solutions
• Reliance ...
Challenges
 Keeping group momentum amidst
normal life
 Local skill-sets do not always
include project management or
effe...
Highlights from our partners
 Recognizing it’s a human
problem, not a dog
problem
 Less blaming of the
government, more
...
What have we learned?
 Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it
requires time, practice and a lot of patience
 Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it
requires time, practice and a lot of patience
 “Sustainability” re...
 Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it
requires time, practice and a lot of patience
 “Sustainability” re...
 Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it
requires time, practice and a lot of patience
 “Sustainability” is...
It’s all about the people
Special thanks to:
Elena Garde and Guillermo Perez of the Global
Alliance for Animals and People (GAAP)
Elzemina Bojicic a...
ICAWC 2015 - Humane Community Development - Kate Nattrass Atema
ICAWC 2015 - Humane Community Development - Kate Nattrass Atema
ICAWC 2015 - Humane Community Development - Kate Nattrass Atema
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Humane Community Development: An “inside-out” approach to humane dog population management
This presentation will discuss IFAW’s newest approach to humane dog management: a community-centered process called Humane Community Development.

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ICAWC 2015 - Humane Community Development - Kate Nattrass Atema

  1. 1. Humane Community Development: An “Inside-out” Approach to Dog Population Management Kate Nattrass Atema Director, Companion Animals Programme International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____ Chairperson, International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM)
  2. 2. The International NGO Dilemma  Provide aid, materials or capacity-building?  Develop a model project and replicate all over the world?  Support the best projects and hope others emulate them?
  3. 3. Challenges to sustainable, effective DPM  Passionate disagreement  Mistrust between NGOs and governments  Dependency on external aid  Simple answers to complex issues Your shelter isn’t the answer, my sterilization campaign is! We want to be self-sufficient, but what are you going to give us? If you’re working with that group, we can’t trust you.
  4. 4. Humane Community Development
  5. 5. Community assessment and stakeholder engagement Building a Humane Community workshop Humane Community Action Planning workshop { Ist year Second yearFirst year Data Collection
  6. 6. Community plan refinement and finalization Startup grants and HCD project launch Share and Learn Monitoring and Adapting workshop { Ist year Third YearSecond Year Project in action
  7. 7. “That’s neat. So when do you start sterilizing the dogs?”
  8. 8. “That’s neat. So when do you start sterilizing the dogs?” Stakeholder meetings to present our own views and solutions
  9. 9. “That’s neat. So when do you start sterilizing the dogs?” Stakeholder meetings to present our own views and solutions Capacity building of skills we identified in advance
  10. 10. “That’s neat. So when do you start sterilizing the dogs?” Stakeholder meetings to present our own views and solutions Capacity building of skills we identified in advance A really complicated granting scheme
  11. 11. “That’s neat. So when do you start sterilizing the dogs?” Stakeholder meetings to present our own views and solutions Capacity building of skills we identified in advance A really complicated granting scheme A framework that builds the understanding, interpersonal relationships and commitment in the community necessary to maintain a humane dog management strategy
  12. 12. Community members Farmers Wildlife/ conservationists Animal rights Veterinarians
  13. 13. Local partner for:  Coordination  Community mentoring  Communication and local tailoring
  14. 14. Pilot testing Chile Puerto Natales Bosnia Lopare Sanski Most Jajce Gradacac Native America Sagamok
  15. 15. Building A Humane Community Workshop  Being heard, sharing perspectives  Root cause exploration  Test assumptions and dispel myths  Commitment to proceed
  16. 16. Stakeholder groups
  17. 17. Stakeholders  Participants arrived with an agenda - their own!  Highly charged: conflict, anger, blame  Personal opinion or position not up for debate
  18. 18. Breaking cultural hierarchy
  19. 19. Please click the following link to view the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cji6LJ8CSWw&feature=youtu.be
  20. 20. Compared to before the workshop, have your ideas changed about the problems with dogs? (n=83)
  21. 21. Compared to before the workshop, have your ideas changed about what needs to be done? (n=83)
  22. 22. Community Data Collection
  23. 23. Action Planning Workshop  Review group accomplishments  Share community data  Prioritize problems  Identify practical solutions
  24. 24. Learning to plan  Understand planning process  Objectives, timelines, responsibilities  Monitoring against goals Action Planning Workshop
  25. 25. Results: Values
  26. 26. Results: Strategies
  27. 27. The plan: Puerto Natales Goals • Get the dogs off the streets • Improve concerns about dogs: fear, bites, hygiene • Improve animal welfare Actions • Public outreach campaign • Microchipping • Enforcement (warnings and fines)
  28. 28. The plan: Lopare Goals • Reduce dog attacks • Improve care for dogs Actions • Creating the ‘hygiene service’: Firefighters! • Community dog sterilization • Education and outreach • Formation of “Happy Dogs” citizens’ group
  29. 29. How much confidence do you have that that the community will be able to improve the situation with dogs? (n=108)
  30. 30. Community project launch Please click the following link to view the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nj_kZSKjiQ
  31. 31. • Emergence of local leadership • Emphasis on animal welfare • Citizen groups pushing back on leadership to make the right decisions • Originality & creativity: “Natales con Garras” You get what you wish for…
  32. 32. Pleasant surprises • Willingness to take political risks • Humane values • Enthusiasm for unexpected solutions • Reliance on the “same old” solutions, too • Peacebuilding through dogs!
  33. 33. Challenges  Keeping group momentum amidst normal life  Local skill-sets do not always include project management or effective communication  Providing guidance and expertise, while letting the community lead in their own pace and style
  34. 34. Highlights from our partners  Recognizing it’s a human problem, not a dog problem  Less blaming of the government, more community accountability  Different viewpoints no no longer a stumbling block for finding solutions
  35. 35. What have we learned?  Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it requires time, practice and a lot of patience
  36. 36.  Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it requires time, practice and a lot of patience  “Sustainability” requires many important skills – most have nothing to do with dogs! What have we learned?
  37. 37.  Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it requires time, practice and a lot of patience  “Sustainability” requires many important skills – most have nothing to do with dogs!  Success lies in the energy and relationships between people. Ensure that the relationships are within the community, not with the mentoring agency. What have we learned?
  38. 38.  Learning to be truly participatory is difficult – it requires time, practice and a lot of patience  “Sustainability” is a long process – there are many important skills that go into successful projects  Success lies in the energy and relationships between people. Ensure that the relationships are within the community, not with the mentoring agency.  We can be empowering without lowering our standards (e.g. veterinary standards) What have we learned?
  39. 39. It’s all about the people
  40. 40. Special thanks to: Elena Garde and Guillermo Perez of the Global Alliance for Animals and People (GAAP) Elzemina Bojicic and the UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina team Dogs Trust International for support in veterinary and dog handling training in Bosnia

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