• ‘Women in Leadership’ workshop makes an impact for African Union staff

    11 April 2018
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    'Women in Leadership' workshop

    CIDT has delivered a first ‘Women in Leadership’ training workshop for the African Union (AU), comprising 22 senior female staff from across the African Union Commission and including two from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the AU Advisory Board on Anti-Corruption (AUABC). The training took place from March 19-23 in Arusha, Tanzania.

    The AU is concerned about the representation of women in the African Union Commission (AUC). It is well recognized that the Commission must reflect the continent’s diversity, in terms of gender and, of course, geography. Despite Article 6(3) of the commission’s statutes stating that “[a]t least one Commissioner from each region shall be a woman,” women currently make up only a very small proportion of all those contesting positions as commissioners. Moreover there are other internal structural and cultural barriers to women’s leadership that are still pervasive. Overall the staffing in the AU is 65% men and 35% women.

    The ‘Women in Leadership’ workshop was designed to address the unique challenges women face in leadership positions and to create enabling conditions to address them. It recognises the role of the social construct of gender roles in influencing perceptions, creating stereotypes and limiting opportunities for learning and growth into leadership. By catalysing and harnessing the power of women leaders, the AUC can realise the true potential of some of its best people. The ultimate goals of this workshop were, therefore, to:

    • lay the foundation to grow a cadre of strong leaders within the organisation; and
    • identify and start nurturing those with highest potential.

    Over the five day programme participants were exposed to new knowledge as well as having the chance to practice some leadership skills. In particular participants had the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership styles, needs and opportunities. To achieve the unique blend of enquiry and practice the facilitators used participatory approaches to foster meaningful reflection and adult learning, drawing on and valuing participants’ experiences. In working through the programme, real-life examples were used as well as a wide variety of methodologies such as group work, role plays, participant presentations, informal coaching, reflection and personal journal writing and more.

    Participants considered different leadership and management styles and qualities, shared their personal views and experiences on a range of topics and reappraised their own skills in the light of their learning. The range of skills discussed and practiced were:

    • Communication: Listening
    • Communication: Public Speaking
    • Communication: Body language for power and influence
    • Negotiation
    • Assertiveness

    The workshop was co-facilitated by CIDT’s Deputy Head of Centre, Rachel Roland, and Senior Lecturer, Kimberly Kane. The sessions were highly interactive, practical and tailored to the context of the AU.

    During the week an excellent bond built up between participants, many of whom exercised for up to an hour before breakfast each day. Towards the end, a number of hashtags were proposed to help take forward the ambitious programme of work on women’s leadership that is planned in the AU.

    Some feedback from participants included:

    • “Very practical to the context of women in general and at AU.”
    • “There were many group exercises and simulations that made content easy to understand.”
    • “Allowed me to reflect on my current situation.”
    • “The workshop was really informative, educative, practical. The facilitators are really current.”
    • “More time [should] be allocated as the content of the workshop is important.”
    • “The workshop was a very practical one and I am eager to go back and put them in practice.”
    • “I have previously attended a number of trainings on leadership, but none has ever spoken so directly to me as CIDT Women in Leadership. Now I can lead.”

    Photos from the workshop

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  • CIDT delivers a Proposal Development and Resource Mobilisation workshop for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in South Korea

    28 March 2018
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    Proposal Development and Resource Mobilisation workshop for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in South Korea

    The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGI sought a service provider to help design and deliver a training program to build staff capacity in results-based management (RBM).

    The training was intended to strengthen staff capacity to produce higher quality proposals as part of the Institute’s efforts to increase earmarked and core funding. CIDT was successful in the competitive tendering process and in late February Ella Haruna conducted a short visit to Seoul to assess GGGI training needs, representing the first phase of work.

    In March 2018, Ella Haruna and Philip Dearden led an intensive four-day Proposal Development and Resource Mobilisation workshop programme based on a bespoke programme developed for GGGI. The 33 participants, (representing 21 GGGI Country Programmes – Cambodia, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines Peru, Rwanda, Senegal Thailand, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam) were joined by selected senior staff based in GGGI headquarters in South Korea.

    Many of the participants successfully completed CIDT’s Results Based Management online course before joining the programme.

    During the workshop sessions five teams of staff developed a range of strategic GGGI projects and programmes for future funding and implementation. Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then the final proposed programmes pitched and presented.

    In the feedback on the programme a range of very positive comments were made:

    • “Great materials and well presented”
    • “The module was quite exciting”
    • “Excellent”
    • “Dynamic training – well-structured course”

    Photos from the training

    Below: The workshop being open by the GGGI Director General Frank Rijsberman and James Sheppard

    Below: Inter active workshop sessions underway

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  • CIDT supports the development of the Montenegro Decent Work Country Programme with the International Labour Organisation

    20 February 2018
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    Monitoring and Evaluation Training with Montenegro Decent Work Country Programme

    Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) provided refresher training on key concepts of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), applying them to the planning of the Decent Work Country Programme for Montenegro (DWCP), 2018 to 2021. The training was targeted at some 40 specialists and mid-level managers of the Ministry of Labour of Montenegro, the Employers’ Confederation, and the two Trade Union movements represented in the ILO.

    There is increasing pressure on policy makers to define tangible and quantifiable results of policy interventions and to monitor them. This holds true for the International Labour Office (ILO) as well as for its constituents including Ministries of Labour, employers, and trade unions.

    M&E is an important management tool that helps to track whether programmes are on track or need to make changes. Good M&E helps to answer the public’s frequent requests to know which programmes work and which do not.  The recent review of the ILO’s last DWCP for Montenegro highlighted the need to strengthen M&E.

    The specific learning objectives of the two-day event were to provide a refresher on key concepts of results measurement and practice its application in preparing the new DWCP for Montenegro.

    Sessions were held on:

    • Rationale for results measurement’
    • Key concepts of results measurement and its application to the planning of the new DWCP;
    • Improving the M&E frameworks of key outcomes proposed under the new DWCP.

    The results of the workshop were that:

    • ILO constituents in Montenegro updated their M&E skills;
    • Key DWCP outcomes are complemented by solid indicators of achievement and the key deliverables per outcome are clearly defined;
    • There was agreement on the way forward to complete the DWCP including monitoring mechanisms.

    Some participant’s comments from the end of Clinic Evaluation:

    • “Clear steps in designing the programme.”
    • “Excellent high quality trainer/facilitator.”
    • “A relaxed approach which boosts creativity and new ideas.”
    • “Team work was great.” – “Participants were all equally involved.”
    • “Thanks for the excellent lectures and interpreting.”
    • “Good relationship between the teacher and the participants.”
    • “Keep sending over Maria and Phil!”

    Photo gallery

    To view all of the photos form this training please see the Flickr gallery.

    Below: Clinic participants working the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP)

    Below: Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro closing the Clinic with a short speech of thanks and the presentation of Certificates with Maria Borsos, Programme Officer, ILO.

    Below: Markus Pilgrim, Head of ILO, Budapest, giving a vote of thanks at the end of the Clinic. Participants complete the evaluation.

     

     

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  • CIDT support the work of the NDC Partnership in Uganda and Washington

    6 February 2018
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    NDC team retreat

    The Nationally Determined Contributions Partnership (NDC) Partnership Support Unit held their team retreat from 8-12 January 2018 in Washington DC, and this event was facilitated by CIDT. Ella Haruna went on to provide further facilitation support to the NDC Partnership’s Country Planning workshop in Uganda from 31 January-1 February 2018. The workshop attendance demonstrated the great interest in the work of the partnership, with 100+ stakeholders participating.

    The NDC aims to enhance cooperation so that countries have access to the technical knowledge and financial support they need to achieve large-scale climate and sustainable development targets as quickly and as effectively as possible.

    Support Unit Team Retreat

    The retreat was facilitated for 26 staff of the NDCP support unit, including Directors, Heads, Regional Specialists and staff from the Bonn and Washington offices. The overall aim of the retreat was to strengthen Support Unit capacity to work together as a team to implement the NDC Partnership work programme. The retreat agenda was ambitious, with objectives focused on strategic level, team development and training needs. The Retreat was facilitated by Ella Haruna, with training inputs from Prof Philip Dearden; both of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT).

    Twenty colleagues from the NDCP Country Engagement team successfully completed CIDT’s Results-Based Management online course prior to the retreat. CIDT then delivered an intensive one-day training on Results-Based Management as applied to the NDCP Country Planning Process. This was complemented by a focused training session to consider the key facilitation skill needed by Support Unit staff in the NDCP context. Gender responsiveness is very relevant and important at different levels for the partnership – and a facilitated session focused on gender at the level of the Support Unit team completed the training inputs.

    Country Planning workshop, Achieving Uganda’s Climate and Development Goals

    The NDCP country planning workshop was opened by Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Kitutu K Mary Goretti and Mr Albrecht Conze, German Ambassador. Chaired by the Commissioner Climate Change Mr Chebet Maikut, the workshop hosted 30 representatives of Development Partners and 70 Government of Uganda officials to review Uganda’s NDC commitments and progress to date and the national requests for support from the NCD Partnership. A key function of the workshop was to validate the draft objectives of the partnership plan across four areas: policy and institutional framework; finance for climate change; GHG monitoring and evaluation and strengthened capacity of government, civil society and private sector to integrate climate change actions.

    Photos from the team retreat

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  • CIDT deliver project and programme planning workshop to ‘Leaders Programme’ in Thailand

    4 January 2018
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    NIMT Leaders Programme

    Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT, was asked to help lead the National Institute for Metrology Thailand (NIMT) ‘Leaders Programme’ course in Bangkok, Thailand. The course took place from 4-8 December 2017.

    The Leadership Programme was designed to provide new or future leaders of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) with the skills, knowledge and tools to help them fully participate in a range of inter country metrology quality control mechanisms and to develop strategic programmes and projects in their own countries.

    As an integral part of the 2017 ‘Leaders Programme’ the 24 participants (from 10 different countries – Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates) firstly successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management course.

    An intensive two-day technical metrology programme of study was followed by three intensive days of project and programme planning work led by Philip Dearden. During the workshop sessions six teams of staff developed a range of strategic projects and programmes for future implementation. Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then the final proposed programmes presented.

    In the feedback on the programme a range of very positive comments were made:

    • The course was really useful – the learning by doing was excellent.”
    • “The course was very practical just what we needed.”
    • “The intensive team work was really good – I learnt a lot from Phil and from my team.”
    • “The step by step course content was great. The handbook was also really useful .”
    • “The on line course was very well structured and the workshop really great.”
    • “This training was very effective and helped us all understand the key steps in Project development.”

    For more information and photos see the NIMT website.

    Photos from the training

    Below: Interactive workshop sessions underway.

    Below: Course participants and tutors all celebrate a sucessful course!

    NIMT Leaders Programme

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  • CIDT facilitates workshop on ‘Strategic Thinking Tools’ with African Union staff

    22 December 2017
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    CIDT delivered a highly interactive workshop on ‘Strategic Thinking Tools’ for participants from across various departments of the African Union, helping the organisation to further embed Results-Based Management (RBM). The workshop took place from 11-15 December 2017

    Like many other inter-governmental organisations and development partners, the African Union has been striving to institutionalise RBM approaches and a Culture of Learning in its various organs. The work of the African Union Commission (AUC) is driven by results that are articulated at various levels: in a 50-year organisational vision, a 10-year plan, and medium-term strategic plans.

    The roll-out of the AUC’s next Mid-Term Plan (2019-2023, with a transition year of 2018) presents an opportunity for the organisation to further strengthen RBM – and Strategic Planning in particular, both in terms of how the new plan is communicated and how it is implemented.

    It is in this context that the AU’s Learning and Development team invited the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) to develop and facilitate a five-day training on ‘Strategic Thinking Tools’ for twenty staff members of the AUC and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR).

    Participants comprised senior and middle management officials with diverse technical backgrounds and were drawn from the Departments of: Trade and Industry, Economic Affairs, Social Affairs, Peace and Security, Strategic Planning, Peace and Security, Political Affairs, and service departments such as Human Resources, Finance and Administration.

    The workshop took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was co-facilitated by CIDT’s Head of Centre, Professor Philip N. Dearden, and Senior Lecturer, Kimberly Kane. The sessions were highly interactive, practical and tailored to the context of the AU. They covered CIDT’s signature ‘Seven Simple Steps’ for designing a Strategic Plan, a Programme or a Project — and much more, including discussions and exercises on: prioritising focus areas/objectives, communication strategies for the Strategic Plan, linkages and alignment between various results frameworks, mechanisms for continuous learning, promoting a results-oriented culture, and addressing implementation challenges.

    The objectives of the workshop were for the participants to:

    1. Recognise the value of Strategic Planning – especially its participatory, inclusive nature – and the importance of continual Strategic Thinking processes.
    2. Understand the concept of Results-Based Management (RBM) and how it relates to Strategic Planning.
    3. Become familiar with a variety of “Strategic Thinking tools” that are applicable to Strategic Planning, Programme/Project Design and RBM in general.
    4. Acquire a strong foundation for developing a full Project, Programme or Strategic Plan to address their current organisational needs.

    One hundred percent (100%) of the surveyed participants either agreed or strongly agreed that all of these objectives were achieved.  All participants would also recommend that a colleague participate in the course.

    They particularly appreciated the training pedagogy and capacity development techniques as well as the professionalism and skills of the facilitators. “They have rich experience that allowed them to be flexible and adapt situations to all,” said one participant. Another added, “They really know the topic and very well aligned it to our level”.

    Participant quotes (from the post-workshop questionnaire):

    • ‘Exceptional dynamics’
    • ‘Adequate, practical and varied exercises’
    • ‘Easy to follow and understand’
    • ‘Hands on techniques/tools that I can apply to my job’
    • ‘Amazing delivery techniques’
    • ‘Very tailored to our context’
    • ‘Had a flow that was to the point’
    • ‘A lot of fun!’

    Photos from the workshop

    View more photos on Flickr.

    Above: The participants were given several real case studies to read, reflect upon and discuss. Some excellent conclusions came from those discussions and can be applied to their work going forward.

    Above: The workshop covered a set of practical and participatory tools that are relevant to both strategic planning and the design and management of programmes or projects. The participants practiced using those tools by developing their own internal Organisational Development projects.

    Above: Participants in one of the three working groups conduct a participatory Risk Analysis for their chosen internal project. This tool helped them determine the assumptions in their Results Framework as well as propose mitigation actions to reduce the likelihood and/or impact of the identified risks.

    Above: The participants had opportunities to apply the techniques and tools that were taught in the workshop. Here, a couple participants are facilitating a break-out session, with support from Philip Dearden (left).

    Above: Kim Kane conducts a debrief in plenary of the group discussions, highlighting key messages and learnings about the consultation process involved in Strategic Planning.

    Strategic Thinking Tools workshop with African Union staff

    Above: The participants cheer upon completion of the course. This diverse group represented various offices and organs of the AU – including those in Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa and South Sudan.

    For more information, contact Phil Dearden (P.N.Dearden@wlv.ac.uk) or Kimberly Kane (K.Kane@wlv.ac.uk).

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  • CIDT helps deliver the 2017 ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ course at BIPM in Paris

    11 December 2017
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    BIPM Leaders for Tomorrow

    Above: Course participants and tutors 

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    In November 2017, Philip Dearden helped to facilitate the second international ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ course at the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM) in Paris, France. As an integral part of the Leaders for Tomorrow course, the ‘Sound Beginning in CIPM MRA’ programme welcomed 24 participants from 20 different countries.

    The BIPM is the intergovernmental organisation through which countries act together on matters related to measurement science and measurement standards. Courses such as this help countries with emerging metrology systems to overcome the challenges faced when integrating into the system of international standards of measurement.

    Prior to the course, participants successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management course. A face-to-face technical programme of study was followed by five intensive days of strategic and programme planning work led by Philip Dearden. During the workshop sessions, five teams of staff developed a range of strategic programmes for future implementation. Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then the final proposed programmes presented.

    In the feedback on the programme a range of very positive comments were made:

    • All components of this course were useful. However the aspect of learning by doing was excellent.”
    • “The course is hands on and participants are asked to carry the task in order to understand.”
    • “Group work strategy was the best and must be maintained.”
    • “The course content was great and the professional trainers worked with us very well as real team members.”
    • “The course was very well structured and every aspect was important.”
    • “This training was very effective and helped us understand how to develop a good project and then implement it effectively.”

    The mission of the BIPM is to ensure and promote the global comparability of measurements, including providing a coherent international system of units for: Scientific discovery and innovation; Industrial manufacturing and international trade; and Sustaining the quality of life and the global environment. The unique role of the BIPM enables it to achieve its mission by developing the technical and organizational infrastructure of the International System of Units (SI) as the basis for the worldwide traceability of measurement results. This is achieved both through technical activities in its laboratories and through international coordination.

    Find out more about this programme at the BIPM website.

    Photos from the interactive sessions

    Course participants and tutors celebrate a sucessful course

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  • CIDT launch training in Grenada and Barbados for the Caribbean Development Bank

    28 November 2017
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    CIDT teams are training Government officials in two Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); Grenada and Barbados. In each country CIDT are delivering a suite of Project Cycle Management training modules to an audience of cross-Ministry staff engaged in design, implementation or reporting of projects. Training is to be rolled out to a further 17 countries in 2018.

    The Caribbean Development Bank is driving a wide transformation agenda to catalyse the change needed if the Region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation deficit, the Bank is executing a Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Training programme, to which CIDT are contracted as the PCM training consultants.

    In November to December 2017 CIDT staff will deliver 21 days of training in Grenada and Barbados, including modules in risk management, monitoring and evaluation, project implementation, managing technical assistance, project appraisal and train the trainer. In Barbados Des Mahony led the training team, working with CIDT regional associates Joy Mapp Jobbity and Susan Branker Green. In Grenada, Patt Flett launched the programme with Claudia Nicholson, Karen Persad, and Nana Hesse-Bayne. Ella Haruna supported training delivery in both countries.

    Participant feedback was very positive on the training:

    • “It was well executed”
    • “The course was great” 
    • “No improvements needed – it was excellent!”

    The key outcomes of the 2015-18 PPAM and PCM Training Programme are improved PPAM and PCM practices at individual/institutional levels, in BMCs and within the Bank; and a more robust CDB pipeline of investment and Technical Assistance projects. In addition to the large training programme in 19 BMCs, CIDT will support other components: support to 5 programme regional workshops, and a number of call-down days to support ‘stuck’ projects or provide additional bespoke training.

    Please contact Ella Haruna (contract manager) or David Meechan (project coordinator) for further information.

    Media Coverage of the PPAM and PCM Training Programme in Grenada and Barbados

    CIDT were initially contracted in 2012 to conduct the Training Needs Assessment that fed into to the Bank’s design of the project. In 2016 CIDT were invited by programme coordinator Mr Reginald Graham to provide Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance for the start-up phase of the Caribbean Development Bank’s new capacity development programme. The assignment included assisting the Bank to establish a country-led M&E system in the six phase one countries including Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago. Find out more in the following news articles:

    CIDT have provided Capacity Development Support for a series of workshops on Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network’s Cooperating Institutions for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). See the following news articles:

     

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  • CIDT consult on Capacity Development programme of the Caribbean Development Bank

    4 October 2017
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    CDB MfDR Training

    CIDT has conducted a one-week visit for consultation on the curriculum of a suite of Project Cycle Management (PCM) training modules, with the staff of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).  In July 2017 CIDT commenced services as PCM training consultants to the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management Training programme of the Bank to roll out an ambitious training programme to 19 Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the CDB.

    CIDT and the PPAM training providers Dods Training will deliver a suite of modules (26 days of training) in each BMC for different training audiences of Government officials including Permanent Secretaries and senior technical officers from various line ministries. The suite of PCM courses targets technical officers, analysts, managers in the public sector; whose work directly involves the design, development, monitoring or reporting of projects. The overall learning objective is to enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation deficit. This is part of the wider transformation agenda being driven by the CDB, to catalyse the change needed if the Region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

    The CDB PPAM/PCM training programme is currently in the inception and curriculum development phase. CIDT staff Prof. Philip Dearden and Ella Haruna, with associate Dr Vasantha Chase, attended a series of consultation meetings and workshops to inform the programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation systems and the content of the three PPAM modules, seven  PCM module and a Train The Trainer module. Feedback from staff showed that the approach and content of the modular framework developed was broadly on track – all modules will be tweaked and updated in line with the very useful feedback received from CDB staff based on their experience working with the officials in BMCs .

    The key outcomes of the 2015-18 PPAM and PCM Training Programme are improved PPAM and PCM practices at individual/institutional levels, in BMCs and within the Bank; and a more robust CDB pipeline of investment and Technical Assistance projects. In addition to the large training programme in 19 BMCs, the other components CIDT will deliver include: support to 5 programme regional workshops, and a number of call-down days to support ‘stuck’ projects or provide additional bespoke training.

    Read Media Coverage of the PPAM and PCM Training Programme 2016-2018

    Read more about CIDT’s work to support the CDB PPAM and PCM Training programme.

    CIDT were initially contracted in 2012 to conduct the Training Needs Assessment that fed into to the Board Paper of the project. In 2016 CIDT were invited back by programme coordinator Mr Reginald Graham to support the first phase of the programme with Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance for the start-up phase of the Caribbean Development Bank’s new capacity development programme. The assignment included assisting the Bank to establish a country-led M&E system in the six phase one countries including Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago. For more information see this news item and also this news article.

    Read more about CIDT’s training work with CDB’s Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network

    CIDT have provided Capacity Development Support for a series of workshop on Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network’s Cooperating Institutions for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). See this news item and also this news article.

    Download programme brochure

    Please contact Ella Haruna the contract manager of this programme for further information

    Photos from the Curriculum development workshop

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  • MfDR training in Haiti enhances competitiveness of SMEs

    29 September 2017
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    MfDR Training for SMEs in Haiti

    CIDT’s Sarah Thomas and Dr Aurelian Mbzibain conducted a Managing for Development Results (MfDR) workshop for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The workshop, which was held in Haiti from 21-25 August 2017, brought together 26 participants (20 males and 6 females) from all over the country.

    The CTCS programme seeks to contribute to the stimulation of entrepreneurship, while at the same time enhancing the competitiveness of the Region’s productive sector through capacity building and skills transfer. In line with its mission, this training was delivered to address key operational and managerial deficiencies amongst beneficiaries and to enhance the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Haiti.

    MfDR Training for SMEs in Haiti

    Michel Thomas, Operations Officer (CTCS)

    In his welcoming words Michel Thomas, Operations Officer (CTCS) Private Sector Development Division of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), noted the importance of the workshop and the key role of the participants in firstly learning about MfDR and then sharing it in their own workplaces with both colleagues and client groups. Mr Frantz Bernard CRANN, President of the Board of Directors of the Haiti Financial Society for Development (Société Financière Haïtienne de Développement S.A, known by its French acronym SOFIHDES), appreciated the support of the CDB to national development efforts in the Caribbean and Haiti more specifically. He called on all participants to engage actively in the course, to share their experiences and learn from international best practices in MfDR.

    During the workshop participants worked enthusiastically on the development of real projects for their own areas of work. The general quality of the training of trainers (TOT) work undertaken and presented on the last day of the workshop by the participants was very high.

    Evaluation feedback on the workshop was very positive with many participants reporting that they had both fully engaged in the workshop process and learned a lot of practical, useful information and new skills. For many, the concepts surrounding MfDR have been demystified in a practical and useful manner.

    Some feedback received at the end of the course:

    “I am completely satisfied with the way this training was organised and delivered. Congratulations to those who organised the workshop and facilitators. I would recommend that SOFIHDES maintains this level of responsibility and engagement. Once again congratulations.”

    “This training was brilliantly delivered. The trainers were excellent – the tools used were appropriate and the timelines respected. I recommend that the next time the training is delivered that participants actually write up a full proposal.”

    CIDT would like to thank Mr Michel Thomas for his very helpful briefings and careful planning of the workshop.  We would also like to thank SOFIHDES officials for excellent organisation of the event especially Mr Frantz Bernard CRANN, Madame Michaelle Lamothe FORTUNE and Caroline PIDOUX for their help and support in organising the logistics of the workshop and for preparing all the course materials. Most of all, we would like to thanks all the participants for their very active participation in what was an intensive workshop – together we achieved a lot in a short space of time!

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