Kan Chay Arr Man Small Fishermen Development Group (KCAM) is a community-based organization working for guaranteeing the rights of small fishermen. The organization is based in Ngayokekaung town of Ayeyarwaddy region. The organization implemented a capacity development project focusing on fishery-related laws for the small fishermen from May to October of 2018. In December 2018, Paung Ku’s Ayeyarwaddy team facilitated KCAM in an “End of Project Reflection” as the partner had completed the activities under the grant support.
In the reflection session, Paung Ku facilitated the partner to reflect on the training delivered to the fishermen including 102 women, to be aware of the fishery-related laws. KCAM was facilitated to think about who most benefited and least benefited from the project. Due to limited budget, even with some contribution from the organization’s core fund, the group couldn’t provide enough documents for all the fishermen in the area.
KCAM reflected that they were more accountable to the small-scale fishermen and able to communicate with the authorities. The authorities and businessmen recognized the organization as they share the information, knowledge and laws related to small-scale fishermen. KCAM was capable of communicating with the decision-makers from township to the union level. In the final session of the reflection, the organization prepared its future plan.
As we’ve learnt the constraints and challenges in the reflection session, now we are able to analyse our capacity and plan our activities clearly.
U Hla Tun Win, Head of Program Kan Chay Arr Man Small Fishermen Development Group