CIDT staff deliver an intensive Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for the Caribbean Development Bank

2 December 2015
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Above left: Philip N. Dearden (Head of CIDT and Workshop Facilitator) and Michel Thomas, Chairperson, Operations Officer CTCS, CDB. Photo credit: SueannTannis Corporate Communication Unit, CDB.

Above right: Ms Lebrechtta Nana Oye Hesse-Bayne (CIDT Associate) teaching a session on Gender and Performance Indicators. Photo credit: SueannTannis Corporate Communication Unit, CDB.

CIDT recently provided Training/Facilitator Support for a workshop on Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network’s Cooperating Institutions for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The intensive MfDR workshop held in Barbados between 9 -13 November 2015 brought together participants from eleven islands namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

In preparation for the workshop the MfDR training handbook, programme and materials were designed around a bespoke case study of Caribbean Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) .

The MfDR workshop included a strong element of a “Train-the-Trainer” approach so that participants can effectively cascade the training and this added a considerable multiplier effect to the overall impact of the workshop.

The specific workshop objectives were:

  • To equip participants with knowledge and understanding of key MfDR tools based on international practice;
  • To outline a common approach to MfDR that best addresses CDB’s strategy;
  • To provide participants with tools and methodologies to measure, monitor and report results in a gender-sensitive way;
  • To assist CTCS Network in designing an appropriate results monitoring framework to facilitate the monitoring and reporting of results in relation to its programme of activities; and
  • To equip participants with knowledge and skills to facilitate a “trickle-down” of their learning to other MSME development partners, via facilitated workshop sessions.

Evaluation Feedback

The feedback on the workshop was very positive and the practical nature of the workshop received very high ratings.

All participants rated the facilitators very highly with over 78% rating them “Excellent” on all aspects of the workshop delivery.

It is clear that a lot of intensive learning had taken place in a safe and secure environment where the group dynamics were  conducive for learning.

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Participant comments

  • Excellent workshop
  • The course was very dynamic. It’s not often that you attend a one-week workshop and remain engaged throughout the entire week and leave with enhanced knowledge. The facilitators did an excellent job incorporating practical exercises which helped to keep participants’ attention and get an idea of how to use the tools in a practical sense.
  • Very interactive and informative workshop
  • Very informative and fun learning experience.
  • I loved the interaction among the teams
  • The interactive way the material way the material was presented. It was simple so that those who were not familiar with the material were not left behind, yet it held the interest of those who had done the material before.
  • Very informative, great facilitators, kind, friendly, knowledgeable
  • Very clear and concise, good flow of topics, good examples
  • Very useful practical handbooks provided – thanks
  • Sessions really stimulating and useful
  • Detailed manuals with extensive references
  • Excellent teaching/learning skills were employed
  • The progression of steps and the practical hands on learning of each element
  • The simplicity of the workshop and been able to grasp and understand the MfDF framework content which I can easily apply to my work.

Above: The opening of the workshop (right to left). Welcome – Chairperson, Mr. Michel Thomas, Operations Officer (CTCS), CDB. Mr. Edward Greene. Division Chief, Technical Cooperation Division, CDB and Ms. Monica La Bennett, Deputy Director, Corporate Planning Department, CDB.

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Participants planning and developing their projects/programmes in a hands-on practical manner.

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Participants planning and developing their projects/programmes in a hands-on practical manner.