With funding from the DFID FGMC programme, the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) in collaboration with the Guyana FLEGT facilitation support service and the Guyana Forestry Commission held a Capacity Building Workshop on Project Design and Proposal Writing with forest sector stakeholders in July 2015 in Georgetown Guyana. The Guyanese National Technical Working Group (NTWG) in charge of negotiating the FLEGT VPA agreement with the European Union indicated its interest in supporting stakeholders in responding to its second national call for proposals through a Project Design and Proposal Writing Clinic to be coordinated by the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), UK. This clinic was designed to provide value for money by increasing the reach of the capacity building support to include organisations that were not able to attend the first workshop held in Georgetown in 2015, and by addressing key weaknesses and feedback shared by applicants on the first call for proposals particularly regarding understanding of the guidelines, the state of play of the FLEGT VPA process and road map, priorities for the call, access to information, justification of project ideas, formulation of logics of intervention, budgeting, integration of cross cutting issues such as gender, rights, youth etc.
During one week, CIDT Facilitators Dr Aurelian Mbzibain and Richard Nyirenda and national experts Ruslin Richards, Laura T Singh and Vedant James delivered tailored support in three regions of Guyana – Annai, Qeenstown Essequibo and Georgetown reaching 71 participants drawn from government, private sector, civil society organisations, community radio and village councils. According to Kenny David – Head of EU FLEGT Secretariat and Dr Alhassan Attah – FLEGT Facilitator for Guyana, the workshops and clinics were a success as indicated by the high volume of applications submitted to the NTWG following the workshops. The diversity of stakeholders has also increased, with more application from communities, private sector and civil society compared to last year, when most of the applications where from government institutions.
More on the impact of the clinic can be seen in the following video.