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The SCALE (Strengthening Capacity in Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment) Award’s Facilitators of the Year (FOTY) Initiative recognizes and celebrates program staff who are facilitating agriculture, natural resource management (NRM), or alternative livelihoods-related activities around the world.

Program staff and community workers are on the frontlines of facilitating change in the communities where they work. Having the technical knowledge related to agriculture, NRM or alternative livelihoods is essential, but not enough on its own to lead to lasting change. Equally important are trust and open communication between program staff and community members, using adult education teaching methods, sustained knowledge exchanges between farmers and agents and using participatory approaches such as demonstrations.

We asked our community to nominate individuals working on USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded emergency or development activities who use engaging and participatory facilitation techniques, respectfully and actively listen to workshop participants and effectively draw on participants’ experiences. These exceptional facilitators comprise the SCALE Facilitators of the Year 2020 Cohort, and their top facilitation tips can be found in the following pages.

Join us in celebrating their excellence and dedication to effectively facilitating change for good!