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The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) support the Government of Somaliland in implementing service delivery projects aligned to the Somaliland National Development plan. The Fund provides a single vehicle through which donors can support Somaliland’s development goals. Since independence in 1991 and after one decade of relative stability, Somaliland is in transition from a humanitarian and recovery status towards reconstruction and development.
CIDT have recently started to work with the second phase of the BMB Mott Macdonald managed Somaliland Development Fund (SDF2) as part of the SDF Secretariat support staff.
The change SDF2 aims to achieve after four years is ‘Service delivery and governance improved as a result of rehabilitated infrastructure that is operational and maintained’. This will take place through a range of projects run through the Government of Somaliland designed to provide opportunities for inclusive economic development.
Learn more about the projects funded under SDF phase 1 in this video including clean safe water, road rehabilitation, access to education, agriculture, livestock and fish production, and access to healthcare.
As part of the Consortium, which also includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIDT’s responsibilities include Rachel Roland as CIDT lead and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Technical Assistance (TA) , Rufsana Begum as Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (TA) and Mary Surridge as Conflict Sensitive Programming TA. We also work with CIDT’s partner Development Data Ltd (Zimbabwe)https://www.developmentdata.info/ who provide quantitative surveying expertise.
At present, the three CIDT staff are developing the relevant frameworks as part of the inception period of the project. The four-person TA team will continue to support the project until its conclusion at the end of 2022.
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The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has developed a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool for countries to self-assess their capacity to implement the Convention and the application of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). The Secretariat of the IPPC has been supporting countries worldwide to use the PCE tool to appraise their particular situations, identify about five major sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)-related problems to be addressed, then develop a Strategic Plan for addressing those priority issues. This process involves a stakeholder analysis, a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis and development of a Logical Framework (“LogFrame”).
As part of the training of certified “PCE Facilitators,” the IPPC Secretariat at FAO contracted CIDT to provide access to its existing online course on the Logical Framework Approach (LFA). Completion of this online training was a pre-requisite to the face-to-face (F2F) training provided by IPPC/FAO. Completing the online training before the F2F training ensured that the participants came to the workshop already equipped with the basic knowledge that is foundational to the course. This way, they could jump right into hands-on application of the concepts and delve deeper into practical details, with only limited time spent reviewing or clarifying the basic information covered via the e-learning.
A total of sixty-six (66) participants from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America completed the online training between August and November 2016. According to the post-training survey, the course was very well received by users. Here are a few quotes articulating their general impressions:
- It is more impressive than other online courses.
The sequence of the material was excellent; and the flow of information from one module to the next made learning easy.
It is clear and concise, easy to understand and apply.
I liked the examples, case study and illustrations that helped cement the key points.
When asked about the main benefits of the training and how they will apply it, users said:
- From this training, I am in a position to develop a competitive fundable proposal.
This training will help me to design a project using LFA.
By learning to do a problem analysis and the crafting of outcomes, outputs and activities, I can assist in developing my department’s strategic plan and work plans.
After this training course, I will definitely conduct the stakeholder analysis and consult them for each project.
Prior to offering the online training to the PCE Facilitators, CIDT had also conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on LFA for IPPC/FAO staff in Rome in early 2016.
CIDT’s online training programme on Results-Based Management (RBM) Thinking Tools, including the Logical Framework Approach (LFA).
This online course provides basic training on a range of ‘thinking tools’ which facilitate RBM. It is not purely academic or theoretical. Rather, it was designed to support development practitioners with simple practical approaches and advice for designing, managing and assessing results-oriented projects, programmes and organizational performance. A major component of this training is the LFA, because the LogFrame is a key tool for RBM. This e-learning programme consists of ten modules, which provide an overview of RBM and cover the ‘seven steps’ of designing and planning for new projects or programmes in a results-oriented manner. It introduces key tools that can be used at various steps, including Stakeholder Analysis, Problem and Objectives Trees, Risk Analysis, LogFrames, Workplans and Budgets. Most of the modules include interactive exercises and scenario-based quizzes, including a case study, to help participants check their knowledge and learning. It is a self-paced programme that takes, on average 8 to 12 hours to complete.
In terms of learning objectives, it is expected that upon completion of the ten modules, participants will:
- Understand the relationship between RBM and the LFA;
- Recognize the potential use of the LFA and related tools for strategic/institutional planning, programme design and/or project proposal development;
- Understand the ‘logic’ of the results chain within Theories of Change;
- Be familiar with Results and LFA terminology;
- Be able to use a range of ‘RBM thinking tools’, including development of a basic LogFrame;
- Appreciate the LogFrame as a participatory process, rather than just an end product (i.e., a 4×4 matrix).
- It is more impressive than other online courses.
CIDT completes assignment to establish the M&E system of the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT-2) programme
Over the past year, CIDT’s Kimberly Kane has been serving as Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), on phase two of the Emerging Pandemic Responses programme (EPT-2).
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), EPT-2 focuses on strengthening the prevention, detection and response capacities of countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa to mitigate the risk of high-impact pathogens spill over from animal to human populations. In addition to programme delivery, FAO is charged with managing the M&E component of the programme, and has selected CIDT to provide advisory and technical support services to establish the programme’s M&E system and tools.
Under this contract, CIDT worked closely with FAO and USAID to produce the following:
- Results Framework diagram;
- LogFrame, with results statements, key performance indicators and means of verification (MoV) for the programme goal, outcomes and outputs;
- Compendium containing Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS), which define each indicator, i