Capacity Strengthening Case Studies
Quotes from participants and reports
CIDT’s Capacity Strengthening approach has been commended as a major factor for success. “The Livelihood Forestry Programme (LFP) has shown that inclusive social mobilisation and capacity building is possible in the forestry sector.”
Source: Project Completion Report of the DFID-funded, CIDT-led Livelihood Forestry Programme (LFP) in Nepal.
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“The Fund has been successful in its objective of mobilising climate finance for Rwanda… There has been international recognition of the Fund and the way it is managed… Systems and processes have been strengthened.”
Source: DFID FONERWA Annual Review 2015. The project output ‘Capacity for managing the Fund built and transferred to the Government of Rwanda’ scored ns A+ (exceeded expectation).
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“In terms of achievements, I can say that the themes covered allowed me to develop my leadership skills. This ability is necessary to be able to search for, mobilize and manage funds and create synergy between organizations.” (French translation)
Source: Participant of a CIDT-led regional Experience-Sharing and Lesson-Learning workshop in Cameroon, December 2015.
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Project case studies
Improving Forest Governance
By 2009 the annual reviews of the DFID Illegal logging programme showed that good progress had been made in efforts to reduce illegal logging around the world especially in clarifying legality definitions, certification standards and procurement principles not just in Europe but also USA and other major timber consuming countries. The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme was gathering momentum with Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiations in Ghana, Indonesia and other countries across Africa and Asia. However the individual ‘players’ predominantly involved in discussion and analysis of the process and setting the agenda (particularly at the bi-annual London Chatham House Illegal Logging Update meetings) were mostly European.
The nationals of tropical producer countries appeared as ‘objects’ rather than ‘subjects’ in the FLEGT VPA process. CIDT identified the need and utility of an educational course designed to inform and empower key stakeholders from tropical producer countries (“front line players”) to a robust engagement and self-determination in the process. CIDT believed that if sustainability was to be achieved in relation to the FLEGT process, then it would be essential to catalyse a critical mass of empowered local actors, engaged in national level processes, securing improved forest governance within their own nation states.
To this end CIDT set out to offer a course which would provide a platform for dialogue between private sector, government and civil society players from producer countries. Great care was taken in the selection with strong consultation with FLEGT advisors across the world to ensure only motivated and highly relevant applicants apply. A UK-based four week course on Improving Forest Governance (IFG) was launched in 2010 and has taken place every summer for 5 years. The course was offered from the outset in English and French, to respond to great need in the largely Francophone African Congo basin. Enabling African south-south learning across the language divide quickly became a basic premise of the course and this quickly expanded to Africa-Asia cross-continental communication. From 2014 Latin America was represented on the course necessitating Spanish (tri-lingual) course delivery. Facilitating exchange across three continents and three language groups enabled an unprecedented sharing of perspectives and experience.
Primarily the course has aimed to improve knowledge and awareness of international efforts to improve forest governance in the areas of legality and chain of custody, along with the nuances of how this relates to climate change mitigation. In addition, the course has aimed to improve skills and confidence to participate in multi-stakeholder processes via inputs on skills, techniques and attitudes to facilitate this. Holding the course in UK has allowed not only international experience exchange, but also a neutral ‘safe’ venue for holding difficult cross-sector conversations around issues such as corruption, tenure and rights. Notably, the UK location allowed participants to attend and often be keynote speakers at, the Chatham House biannual meeting on Illegal Logging. CIDT has also facilitated access to European timber buyers to explain their procurement needs, through the form of visits to Timber Yards.
After 5 years of delivery to nearly 200 alumni, CIDT is proud to state that the IFG course has catalysed a global network of capable and informed producer country practitioners who can counterpart international staff to work on improving forest governance in each FLEGT VPA country. In some countries with sufficient representation a critical mass has been achieved in support of good forest governance and a network of Forest Governance champions/advocates has emerged, with improved confidence to take initiatives in their own right.
Nepali social enterprise
In order to ensure long term sustainability at the close of the Livelihoods and Forestry Project (LFP) Nepal, CIDT helped establish the first not-for-profit social enterprise in Nepal – Rupantaran, which means ‘transformation’ in Nepali. Today Rupantaran employs many former LFP staff and manages a variety of programmes and consultancy contracts focused on ‘green growth’. It continues the good work of LFP and has a secure financial basis.
As part of the FONERWA project funded by DFID, CIDT worked to support the evolution of the Fund Management Team into a Government of Rwanda Fund Secretariat. The FONERWA Secretariat was established in October 2015 as a tangible and sustainable outcome of CIDT’s institutional strengthening engagement.