The Alleviating Poverty through Peer Training (APPT) project was one of the ILO’s technical cooperation programmes addressing the prejudices and barriers faced by people with disabilities when accessing training and employment opportunities. Implemented in Cambodia from October 2002 to September 2007, it aimed to increase the income levels of its clients residing in rural areas with limited training and employment prospects.
To achieve this, the project used a methodology called “Success Case Replication” (SCR). SCR is a simple method of village-based informal apprenticeships that involves villagers imparting their skills to a person or group through informal methods. Many income-generating and vocational training projects report that successful training graduates often train others in their skills. This approach is not unique. It is simple, straightforward and operates at the grassroots level. However, by systematizing and adding some components to the process, such as strengthening training or adding access to small grants or loans, the APPT approach to skills transfer increased the likelihood of success and income generation.
This manual describes the core elements of the approach which was at the heart of the APPT project’s success. It is designed to assist organizations and agencies learn how to replicate or adapt the APPT project and the SCR approach that uses local entrepreneurs with proven income-generating activities and small businesses to train others in replicating their businesses. The success of the approach has generated increasing interest and several international and local NGOs in Cambodia have already started replicating it.
This manual is part of the Replicating Success Tool Kit developed by the APPT project.
Other tools supporting the manual include a video, Replicating success, the APPT database and Management Information System (MIS) used for tracking clients and evaluating the project impact and its accompanying Managing success: An instruction manual for the APPT database and Management Information System, as well as Training for success: A guide for peer trainers.