On 23rd January 2015 a one-day training session was held at the stunning setting of Flagey in Brussels, Belgium. The session aimed to introduce participants to the key principles, concepts and techniques of the community owned solutions approach.
The training centred around an introduction to the practitioner COBRA Handbook, which provides detailed and easily accessible explanations on key concepts and techniques, alongside a series of activities which can be carried out with communities.
Twenty six practitioners from a range of disciplines and backgrounds including UNDP (Colombia), Hivos (The Netherlands), Bioversity International (Italy), Attune Development (Suriname), Amazon Research Institute (Brazil) and the UCN Panorama Initiative (Mexico) attended the course. By the end of the workshop groups of participants had identified, storyboarded, videoed and produced a film of a community owned solution which they then shared with the wider group of participants.