• 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.

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

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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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  • CIDT participate in Caribbean Forum to tackle the regional project implementation deficit

    26 September 2017
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    Daniel Best, Director of Projects

    As Hurricane Maria swept across the Caribbean with destructive force, representatives of the region’s Governments assembled in Barbados to attend the Leadership and Transformation Forum hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank. In the context of tepid economic growth, and high fiscal deficit, with 1 in 10 people living in food poverty, the Forum targeted the delivery of results within the context of vulnerable small island states.

    CIDT’s Ella Haruna participated in order to inform CIDT’s ongoing development of the curriculum of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) training modules; and ensure the reflection of these cutting edge regional challenges. CIDT has been awarded the contract to deliver project cycle management training in 19 Borrowing Member Countries in 2017-18.

    Mr Daniel Best, Director of Projects at the Caribbean Development Bank, opened the conference, with opening remarks from the Vice-President Operations, Ms Monica La Bennett and Dr Warren Smith, President of CDB. Political will and capacity constraints were identified as the two key factors to explain the high level of inaction on project and programme implementation. It was noted that in some countries the project implementation rate sits at 20%, a result that in time leads to poor portfolio performance for the Bank itself. Strong emphasis was placed on training and capacity development including the CDB Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) training programme, of which CIDT is a training provider.

    Dr  Justin Ram, Director of the Economics Department, compared the traditional path to economic development pursued by countries including the UK, to the alternative economic strategies of low debt and prudent fiscal management followed by Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden and others – a model for the Caribbean context.

    Dato Sri Idria Jala, CEO of Pemandu Malaysia, gave a highly inspirational address on the secrets of transformational leadership based on the success of an eight-step methodology followed in Malaysia and many other countries, noting that “If you want to be a high income country, you must be inclusive”.

    Sir Michael Barber spoke on the concept of “Deliverology” as a discipline, based on his experience of running the Delivery Unit under the Tony Blair administration in the UK, as well as his book “How to Run a Government”.

    The Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Honourable Keith Mitchell, currently sitting as the Chair of both CDB and CARICOM, addressed the forum on the new fiscal culture of responsibility in his country. He concluded with a leadership lesson on bringing people with you, “If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk together”. Grenada will be one of the first two countries to participate in CIDT’s training programme, which will begin in October 2017.

    View the conference web page for more details on the speakers and to view the agenda.

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  • Intensive Monitoring and Evaluation Clinic for the International Labour Organisation

    12 September 2017
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    Monitoring and Evaluation Clinic for the International Labour Organisation

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the United Nations use Results Based Management systems for the design and delivery of their international project and programmes. The Monitoring, Review and Evaluation of these programmes was the focus of an M&E Clinic held in the Regional ILO office in Budapest, Hungary led by Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT.

    The M&E Clinic was attended by senior regional ILO staff from Albania, Moldovia, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Ukraine.

    The learning objectives of the event were: to provide a refresher on key concepts of results measurement; and practice its application to current or future interventions of the ILO office in the sub region.

    Specific topics covering in the M&E Clinic were:

    • The rationale for results measurement and the ‘results chain’;
    • Seven simple planning steps and seven key questions to ask;
    • Logical Frameworks and Theories of Change;
    • Key concepts of results measurement and its application to key areas of intervention of ILO in the sub-region;
    • Monitoring, Reviews and Evaluations;
    • Practical Monitoring, Review and Evaluation tools.

    Live ILO projects and programmes on youth employment, collective bargaining, and minimum wages were selected for discussion and development.  Five specific ILO projects/programmes were developed:

    1. Improving Human Resource Development in Moldova;
    2. Creating an “Enabling Environment” for Business in Ukraine;
    3. Improving Occupational Health and Safety in the Mining Industry in Ukraine;
    4. The provision of Decent Work in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Programme;
    5. The Development of inclusive Labour Markets for Job Creation in Ukraine.

    The M&E Clinic was followed by a full day of a participatory Annual Review and Country Level Planning session for the ILO Sub region. This was attended by 47 staff from across the region.

    Images from the training

    Below: Markus Pilgrim, ILO Regional Director, opens the M&E Clinic for senior Regional Staff.

    Below: Markus Pilgrim closing the Clinic with a lively session on   “What not to do! – Frequently observed mistakes in Project Design and Monitoring and Evaluation work.”













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

    “Excellent facilitation”

    “Really good training techniques used”

    “Relevance of the topics and examples reviewed”

    “I enjoyed every minute of it!”

    “Using real projects proposals to contextualise the theory and concepts in M and E.”

    “The sessions on ‘Theory of Change’ were very useful.”

    “I really like the deep explanations of the meaning of blocks of the logframe.”

    “Working on concrete issues was really good.”

    “Carefully prepared materials – these were really useful – Thank you for them.”

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  • CIDT review online learning in the Caribbean

    24 July 2017
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    CDB Training Flyer

    CIDT has successfully completed an Interim Review of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management Training.

    The Review Report to the Training Unit of the Bank presented CIDT findings and analysis of a review of Borrowing Member Country (BMC) and CDB staff participants in the training programme’s four recommended online learning courses from December 2016 – April 2017.

    CIDT Associate Ms Nana Hesse-Bayne

    CIDT Associate Ms Nana Hesse-Bayne

    The CIDT team of Ella Haruna and Associate Nana Hesse-Bayne examined:

    • Relevance or significance of the online course to users’ work
    • Effectiveness of the course objectives; achievement of learning objectives; and satisfaction levels;
    • Efficiency: user perceptions of quality and convenience;
    • Sustainability: the confidence of the participants to share knowledge gained with others.

    CIDT facilitated an online survey to 460 individuals in six BMCs and Bank staff with a response rate of 26% or 119 users. This was complemented by document review and focus groups with users from Trinidad and Tobago (where there was early uptake of the online courses).

    CIDT were initially contracted in 2016 to provide Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance for start-up 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. During the period April – July 2016 the Training Unit (TU) and the Monitoring and Evaluation consultants visited each of the six phase 1 countries. Findings were presented to the programme Steering and Technical Committees in the Inception Report of June 2016.

    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.

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  • Local voluntary and care sector representatives learn to bid

    10 July 2017
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    Bidding workshops

    CIDT was commissioned by Telford Enterprise to provide three one-day training events to strengthen capacity and skills of local voluntary sector and care sector organisations to write bids and funding proposals.

    Ella Haruna delivered the training to a range of care and support sector organisations; community organisations; and town/parish councils. These organisations are running youth clubs, mental health support, groups to support the integration of BAME; groups for young carers, preservation of community buildings etc.

    Participant feedback

    “Excellent workshop.  Loved the variety of activities and group participation and sharing.  Met some great people and will certainly continue networking with them”

    “Good, easy to understand course.  Given me a good insight to go away and write bids with confidence”

    “Today has given me the skills & confidence to address this with the other committee members.  A great day thank you”

    “A very useful guide which will become my new best friend at the office.” 

    “Trainer was clearly very knowledgeable & easy to listen to.”

    Training Approach

    The training aimed to build confidence of training participants and to provide a step-by-step approach, which could give a clear starting point.  The agenda was developed around seven steps, with an interactive group work exercise to support each session

    Telford Enterprise, Telford and Wrekin Council

    Telford Enterprise – based in the Marches Growth Hub – provides business support, skills development and finance support and funding for local organisations.

    The workshops were held on 15th, 23rd and 30th June.

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  • CIDT leads Strategic Level Capacity Development Programme

    10 April 2017
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    Kazakhstan workshops

    Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT, was invited by the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to lead an Executive Education programme for Senior Civil Servants from across Kazakhstan.

    The week long capacity development programme was conducted in the prestigious Academy of Public Administration in Astana. The programme was conducted in Astana between 3 and 7 April 2017.

    The programme sought to support informed and timely strategic projects and programmes based on the current 100 Step Plan in Kazakhstan. A special focus of the programme was to build and strengthen participating civils servants’ capacities to design and develop potential strategic level social and governance development projects and programmes across the country.

    It focused on Analytics and Project/Programme Thinking Tools and involved some 40 Civil Servants from across the country.  Philip Dearden led the programme and provided experiential project/programme development exercises based on CIDT’s 7 Simple Step Strategic Planning methodology.

    Feedback on the programme was very positive:

    • “The programme was very helpful and well-tailored to our needs
    • “The 7 Step Methodology and Results Framework used were really useful.  
    • “They will definitely assist me in the future.”
    • “A very well designed course based on a lot of experience”
    • “The way the workshop was conducted was very good. The presentations and practical methodology were excellent.”

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    The following images show a few scenes from the programme and certificates being presented. You can view more images at the Academy of Public Administration website.

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  • CIDT leads UNIDO capacity development programme in the Caribbean

    28 March 2017
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    Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT, was commissioned to lead the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) training programme to assist 14 Caribbean countries to encourage systemic trade development along value chains.

    The regional capacity development programme involved 20 participants from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Philip Dearden facilitated the week and provided experiential project development exercises based on CIDT’s ‘7 Simple Step Results-Based Management (RBM)’ methodology. The programme was conducted in Kingston Jamaica, between 13 and 17 March 2017.

    The programme sought to support informed and timely trade-related policymaking and to strengthen institutions and infrastructures that are part of the enabling environment for effective trade participation. A special focus of the programme was to build and strengthen participating countries’ capacities to identify, design and develop potential technical assistance projects and programmes, focusing on quality infrastructure and trade facilitation.

    Feedback on the programme was very positive:

    “The programme was very comprehensive.  Every topic was useful.”.
    “Phil was awesome!  Hard task master but great. Very engaging, knowledgeable and insightful.  Thankful for his comments and feedback during the week of activities.”
    “The entire programme was good.  The 7 Simple Steps were really useful. They will definitely assist me in the future.”

    The week long capacity development programme, funded by UNIDO’s Trade Trust Fund, was provided in cooperation with the Quality Infrastructure Council of the Americas (QICA), together with the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), the Bureau of Standards in Jamaica (BSJ), and CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). Experts from the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM) and the Pan-American Standards Commission (COPANT), the International Standards Organisation, (ISO) and the international legal metrology organization (OIML), provided and shared best practices in quality infrastructure development.

    A few scenes from the week long programme:

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  • Nigerian Industrial Officers Trained

    28 February 2017
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    Nigeria training

    CIDT’s Ella Haruna delivered an M&E capacity strengthening programme in Keffi, Nigeria for 12 participants from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) in February 2017.

    The Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) is a Nigerian government initiaitve to accelerate the build-up of industrial capacity within Nigeria, in manufacturing sectors where Nigeria has comparative advantages. The Plan is designed to counter the fact that “the more a country specializes in the production of raw materials only, the poorer it becomes.”

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) support this intervention through a capacity strengthening project with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI).

    Residential training programme

    In February 2017 this UNIDO project hosted a five-day residential training programme, commencing with a two-day training on cluster methodologies by international expert Mr Julien Schmitt. A further three day programme was facilitated by Ella Haruna (CIDT) focused on project management, monitoring and evaluation and team-work approaches.

    Participants worked together in small teams to develop real projects in four key manufacturing sectors targeted by the Industrial Revolution Plan: Tomato, Cotton, Leather and Automotive. Peer review processes allowed feedback to be shared across the four projects as they were under development.

    The training concluded with a key-note session from Mr Raymond Tavares, UNIDO Project Management and Innovation expert. The training was closed by Ministry Director of Industrial Development Mr Adewale R. Bakare, who presented participants with certificates of completion.

    Participant feedback

    Participants expressed a wide range of learning outcomes from the training. For example, one summarised their learning in this way: “Project planning is simplified with the use of the relevant methods. Once you identify the problem, it is easier to identify the solution and then break it down to actions and activities which will lead to results. The results are also monitored, reviewed and can be evaluated.”

    Feedback on the CIDT training was very positive. Participants commented, “An interesting training with lots of interactions, understanding & visualisation of ideas” and “In my capacity as vibrant industrial officer I will try my level best to implement those ideas, knowledge that are implementable in our country Nigeria.”

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  • Exploring the ‘big issues’ of Global Poverty and Planning in International Development

    9 February 2017
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    At a long weekend at the delightful Cumberland Lodge, in Great Windsor Park, 65 particpants from the London School of Economics and Political Science were introducted to a series of planning tools including the Theory of Change and the Logical Framework Approach by Philip Dearden.

    The weekend started on the Friday night with the screening of the film Poverty Inc to explore international development policies and practices.

    Saturday workshop sessions were led by Philip Dearden and included some short presentations and a case study approach to examine the advantages/disadvantages and the actual practicalities of developing a Theory of Change and/or a Logical Framework to assist developing planning.

    Martin Samuelsen from KMPG, a former student, gave a lecture on Results Based Management (RBM) as used in the Norwegian Aid Programme, reinforcing some of the key ideas from the workshop sessions.

    On the Sunday, in contrast to the RBM approach to measure change, Professor David Lewis of the London School of Economics and Political Science explored the use of Novels as a source of development data/evidence. This fascinating session demonstrated that in development work we all need to be open minded and think critically about beliefs systems and the assumptions we make.

    Left – Martin Samuelsen from KMPG, a former student, giving a lecture on Results Based Management as used in Norwegian Aid Programme.

    Right – A lovely “group selfie” by Jhon Edinson Lugo an MSc Social Policy and Development student from Colombia.

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