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Chile and Latin America

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Effective monitoring, evaluation and learning methods (MEL)

Facilitator: Steve Fisher, Director of Community Works
Date: April 15, 2024
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online

Free of charge*








In this webinar we will analyze the practical aspects of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of social and community development projects. Some key topics we will address include: What type of data do we need? How do we collect them? How can MEL be truly participatory? In this webinar, examples, lessons and reflections will be used based on the experience of Community Works. Join us as we delve deeper into the art of monitoring, evaluating and learning in social development projects.


Webinars and Events

Webinar 1

Explore effective methods of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)

Facilitator: Steve Fisher, Director of Community Works
Date: April 15, 2024
Time: : 19:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online


Course with IAP2 Latin America:

Principles of facilitation practice in contexts

Facilitators: Steve Fisher, Director of Community Works; Oriana and Chesca
Date(s): May 28 and 29, 2024
Duration: 8 hours
Venue: Online

*This course will cost US$100

Webinar 2

Community mental health:

What it is and how it can be articulated with community development

Facilitators: Steve Fisher, Director of Community Works; Carolina Bermúdez Currea, Representative for Latin America and Project Manager of Community Works
Date: June, 2024 (tbc)
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online

Webinar 3

Community-based participatory research

Facilitator: Maria Rodrigues, Community Works Research Program Manager
Date: July, 2024 (tbc)
Time: 9:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online

Webinar 4

Positive peace building

Facilitator: Maria Rodrigues, Community Works Research Program Manager
Date: August, 2024 (tbc)
Time: 9:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online

Webinar 5

Good practices in intercultural community development

Facilitator: Carolina Bermúdez Currea, Representative for Latin America and Project Manager of Community Works
Date: September, 2024 (tbc)
Time: 9:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online

Webinar 6

Lean Impact

Agile methodology for project scaling

Facilitadora: Daniela Pickering, Director of Programs, Community Works
Date: October, 2024 (tbc)
Time: 9:00 – 20:00 GMT-3
Venue: Online

Final in-person event

Santiago, Chile

Facilitating organizations: Community Works, Kindred and Rizoma Intercultural
Date: November, 2024 (date to be confirmed)
Time: (tbc)
Location: Santiago de Chile

*This event has a cost of US$100.00 (Discount is offered to groups and students)


Register for a series of informative and educational webinars from Community Works and our collaborators. This series is specially developed for practictioners in Chile and Latin America. We look forward to meeting you!

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Meet our facilitators

Steve Fisher


Steve, founder and director of Community Works, has worked for NGOs and community organizations for almost his entire career. His commitment to social development has led him to collaborate on projects in various regions, particularly in remote regions of Australia and Latin America. Steve is also director of Spring Impact in Australia, an international NGO dedicated to the replication and expansion of social programs. He is an advisor to multiple organizations and has facilitated over 300 workshops in various regions including Australia, the Pacific and Latin America. In addition, he is an honorary member of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches in the Master of Development Studies.

Chesca Patow

Promotion of Public and Citizen Participation in Latin America

I am a bilingual Industrial Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in organizational management and strategic project management in Latin America. I have dedicated my profession to working to promote citizen awareness and to managing various social impact and innovation projects, leading multiple teams of people at an international level together with the public and private sectors and civil society associations.

I seek to serve the world by causing positive changes with the people who are all part of the evolution of our society. Certified as a Professional Coach by IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) and accredited by ICF as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), I firmly believe that leading consciously is the path to transformation. I specialize in accompanying organizations and people seeking to elevate their performance and reach their maximum potential.

Oriana Salazar


Areas of work in sustainability, especially socio-environmental management and conflict management, community relations and participatory processes, currently incorporating the systemic view also on organizations and companies, which allows creating and strengthening links with their interest groups. Facilitator of socio-environmental processes and conflicts and within organizations.
Master in Service Management and Development, Business School, Adolfo Ibáñez University; Certified in Appreciative Inquiry (IDeIA Institute) and in Collaborative Conversations (Matrix Institute), Ontological Coach, Newfield Network, with specialization in Body and Movement; Diploma in Leadership and Coaching, Business School, Adolfo Ibáñez University; Graduate and Professor of Biology, Catholic University of Valparaíso.

Maria Rodrigues

Principal researcher

Maria is responsible for research programs at Community Works. She has a degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Applied Ethics (Global Justice). She has over 15 years of experience as a researcher, educator and development professional. Her work focuses on the intersection of mental health, social justice, and intercultural peacebuilding. Maria has conducted field research in a variety of contexts, particularly with remote Aboriginal communities in Australia, as well as in post-conflict situations in Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique. In addition, she has taught at universities in Australia, for example on the Master of Conflict Management and Resolution at James Cook University.

Carolina Bermúdez Currea

Representative for Latin America and project manager

Carolina is a Latin American representative and project manager for Community Works, and has worked with indigenous communities in Colombia and Australia for the last ten years. She is an anthropologist and philosopher, and has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy. Carolina has extensive field work experience, especially in the Amazon, and has coordinated several projects focused on education, cultural strengthening, and the development of economic alternatives for indigenous groups. Her research experience includes work as a consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she studied the obstacles indigenous communities face in accessing the labor market in Colombia. For the past three years, she has been involved in the design and implementation of community mental health and wellness initiatives.


Daniela Pickering

Program Director

Daniela is program director at Community Works, she is also co-founder and certified trainer of IAP2 Latin America (International Association for Public Participation). She is a Sociologist from the Alberto Hurtado University with a Diploma in Socio-Environmental Management from the University of Chile and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne. With over 10 years of experience, her areas of expertise include community development, group facilitation, impact evaluation and participatory monitoring. Daniela has collaborated extensively with clients from various sectors, including the private sector, NGOs, local governments and community groups.


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