• Training on strategic planning in Addis Ababa contributes to long-term goals of African Union Commission

    13 December 2018
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    AU Addis Ababa workshop

    AU Addis Ababa workshopCIDT strategic planning and programme design experts Richard Nyirenda and Sarah Thomas delivered a 5 day Strategic Planning Training workshop for the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa from 3-7 December 2018, continuing a series of training delivered by CIDT in 2018 for the AUC.

    The training workshop was built around CIDT’s flagship Strategic Planning Thinking Tools – 7 Simple Steps. It was attended by participants from the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, including the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; Women and Gender Development; Strategic Planning; Administration and Human Resources Management. Some of the participants also came from the AUC Offices across Africa, including the African Union Mission to Somalia, the Office of the AU Representative in Washington DC and the African Academy of Languages in Mali.

    AU Addis Ababa workshopThe workshop was designed to support the AUC in embedding a Results-Based Management approach in implementing its strategic vision: Agenda 2063. Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development. CIDT is proud to be playing a small but significant part and contributing towards the AUC’s strategic vision for the transformation of Africa.

    The workshop in Addis Ababa is part of a series of training events that CIDT has delivered for the AU this year, including tailored training workshops on Women in Leadership and Training of Trainers.

    Feedback from the end-of-programme evaluation was very positive and indicated that participants had acquired a wide range of skills and tools from the highly interactive and dynamic programme and appreciated the programme delivery and design.

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  • CIDT support regional workshop for the International Labour Organisation in Moscow

    6 December 2018
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    ILO workshop Moscow

    Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) and Katerina Stolyarenko (Associate consultant), supported this two day Results-Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshop held in Moscow, Russia 27 – 28 November. In attendance were forty five ILO staff from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and ILO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland attended.

    The learning objectives of the event were to provide a “refresher” on key concepts of RBM and M&E and practice their practical application ready for current or future interventions of the ILO office in the sub-region.

    Specific topics covering in the workshop 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

    Six case studies of typical regional challenges where ILO projects/programmes would be applicable, were used as a learning tool to develop and apply RBM and M&E concepts in a practical and experiential manner.

    Feedback from the end-of-programme evaluation was very positive and indicated that participants had gained a lot of learning from the highly interactive and dynamic programme and appreciated the programme delivery and design

    Many participants commented on how much they had enjoyed the workshop and on the practical value to their work. Comments received included:

    • Excellent facilitation
    • Practical and interactive
    • Inspiring facilitator – Clarity of delivery
    • Great energy
    • Very professional delivery of the topic
    • Interactive way of training: sense of humour, group work, informal communication
    • The energy of the trainer/facilitator and the relevance of the training to all ILO staff
    • Well guided workshop, good case studies
    • Lively and fun workshop
    • A lot of interaction, not pure presentation
    • Group work discussions
    • Working on real concrete issue
    • Depth of information, practical examples, space for dialog, team work, presentations
    • The facilitator’s academic and interactive approach
    • Systematic, well-structured discussion of a rigorous framework activities etc.

    Many participants expressed their thanks for the well planned and well delivered programme and have requested more such training for themselves and colleagues.

    Photos from the workshop

    Below: The programme being opened by Olga Koulaeva, DWT/CO Director of the ILO Office Moscow and the workshop methodology being explained by the facilitator.


    Below: Workshop participants working on their projects and programmes  

    Below: Workshop participants making presentations

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  • Project Cycle Management Training delivered across five countries in the Caribbean

    14 November 2018
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    A CIDT training team has delivered two further cycles of training under the Caribbean Development Bank’s Project Cycle Management training programme. Training took place in Belize, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia in May 2018 and in Montserrat and St Vincent’s and the Grenadines in July 2018.

    The training team included CIDT’s Ella Haruna, Des Mahony, Sarah Thomas and Phil Dearden, and CIDT associates Patt Flett, Susan Branker Greene, Alexa Khan, Nana Hesse Bayne, Teddy Charles, and Mark Lee.

    Since November 2017 the CIDT team has delivered this suite of eight modules in Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The training modules cover a wide range of tools and themes around the project cycle, including project design, management, monitoring and evaluation to more specific PCM approaches, such as project appraisal, managing technical assistance projects and procurement. Each module is contextualised with regional case studies and the training has been very well received across the region – with an average of 97% positive participant feedback in the recent quarter.

    • “Excellent Delivery! Thank You!” (M5 St Kitts and Nevis)
    •  “The practice activities were very practical and allowed for much discussion.” (M9, Belize)
    • “It was well prepared and presented I do not think it could have been better.” (M4, Montserrat)
    • It was well executed” (M5. St Vincent and the Grenadines)
    • “It is an excellent opportunity for refresher training and continuous personal development. It also provides the foundation for improved project management and implementation.” (M5, Belize)
    • “Was extremely well delivered an indeed an eye opener.” (M9, St Kitts and Nevis)
    • “This was a good introduction. It is a lot to take in as a novice but the trainers were able to deliver the content and oversee activities well.’ (M3, St Lucia)
    • “Although I may have covered aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation previously, the facilitator was able to bring across concepts clearly which allowed for better understanding. Group exercises and examples enhanced learning.” (M6, St Vincent and the Grenadines)

    In addition to face to face training participants are also supported with a follow-up webinar, six weeks post-training. The webinar serves as a refresher and checks in on progress towards implementation of participant action plans.

    CIDT’s Phil Dearden has also delivered a suite of PCM Masterclasses for CDB staff at Headquarters in Barbados.

    The final training cycle is now well underway with CIDT trainers deployed in Anguilla, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.

    Read more on this project

    CIDT have provided services to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) since 2013 – find out more about CIDT’s work with CDB in the following news articles:

    Photos from the training


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  • CIDT support the country engagement of the NDC Partnership in Dominican Republic, Jordan and Morocco

    5 November 2018
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    In August-September 2018 facilitation services were provided for NDC Partnership multi-sector planning workshops by Ella Haruna in Jordan, and CIDT Associates James Johnson in Dominican Republic and Cath Long in Morocco. Remote support was also provided to planning processes for the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

    The NDC Partnership 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 effectively as possible. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    NDC Partnership Country Engagement

    The NDC Partnership Country Engagement workshops are intended to identify and clarify government objectives and needs for achieving NDC targets, and to align Development Partner projects and programs with the needs identified by member country governments. The multi-stakeholder workshops host Government, private sector, non-state actors, academia, development partners, and implementing partners.

    CIDT’s role

    Since June 2018, NDCP has retained CIDT on a call-down contract to provide facilitation services in support of key country engagement processes of the NDC Partnership.

    The CIDT facilitator role is to serve as a neutral facilitator to manage an effective process and ensure that workshop objectives are achieved. The wider objective of the process is to stimulate national and international stakeholder interest and engagement and develop ownership of the planning process and the output of that process.

    Photos from Jordan


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  • CIDT facilitates regional Member consultations in Bangkok and New York for the NDC Partnership

    29 October 2018
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    NDC partnership facilitation in Bangkok

    In September 2018, two informal member consultations of the NDC Partnership were held to reflect on the Partnership’s Country Engagement (CE) to date and the results delivered so far. An event in Bangkok focused on exploration of Country Member perspectives and an event in New York targeted exchange of experiences between Implementing and Development partners. CIDT’s Ella Haruna facilitated and reported the two events.

    What is the NDC Partnership?

    The NDC Partnership 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 effectively as possible. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. There are currently 83 Partnership members, with 34 countries currently involved in the Partnership’s Country Engagement process.

    Ms. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, speaking on behalf of Germany the Co-Chair of the NDC Partnership opened the event in New York.

    Dr Pablo Vieira Global Director of the Support Unit to the NDC Partnership opened the Bangkok event.

    CIDT’s role

    Since June 2018, the NDC Partnership has used CIDT’s facilitation services in support of key country engagement processes. The facilitator’s role is to serve as a neutral guide to manage an effective process and ensure that workshop objectives are achieved.

    The consultation objectives were to exchange experiences and lessons learned and to identify and analyze enabling and hindering factors in the NDC Partnership Country Engagement (CE) process; and to identify best practices to strengthen CE, coordination and communication by the Partnership.

    Photos from Bangkok

    Photos from New York

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  • CIDT lead Project Management Masterclasses for staff of the Caribbean Development Bank

    4 October 2018
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    Project Management Masterclasses for staff of the Caribbean Development Bank

    In September 2018 Philip Dearden led a series of Project Cycle Management Masterclasses for senior staff of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), giving the CDB team a taster and overview of the 8 modules currently being delivered by CIDT across the Caribbean in the 19 CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

    Philip co-delivered the training with members of CIDT’s regional associate training team Alexa Khan, Susan Branker Green, Mark Lee and Juanita Thorington-Powlett.

    Prior to attending a selection of the Masterclasses the 75 CDB staff participants all successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management (RBM) course.

    The topics covered in these one and two day Masterclasses were:

    • Principles, Tools and Skills for Project Cycle Management
    • Project Appraisal
    • Risk Analysis and Management of Projects and Programmes
    • Project Planning and Implementation
    • Management of Technical Assistance Projects
    • Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Programmes
    • Procurement
    • Training of Trainers

    As an integral part of any training all participants have to design an Action Plan to help ensure the training contents and processes are implemented back in the workplace. Follow up Virtual Learning Symposia (VLS) will also be held in order to help identify further challenges and issues that may arise.

    Feedback from the independent evaluation of the programme being conducted has been very positive and included a variety of complimentary comments:

    • “The sessions were engaging with valuable contributions. The real cases brought a useful CDB perspective.”
    • “I thoroughly enjoyed this module.”
    • “Very useful opportunity for hands-on learning and identification of solutions.”
    • “I’m very appreciative of the knowledge and tools shared in this module.”
    • “This training has been tremendously helpful and the efforts of the facilitators and their administrative team is greatly appreciated.”

    Some specific comments on the Training of Trainers module were made:

    • “The facilitators went out of their way to ensure that the training was comfortable. As a result, I was willing to present in front of my colleagues, despite my nerves.”
    • “The module was well delivered”
    • “I really appreciated the way in which the facilitators worked to provide a safe environment.” “I believe this module was the best of the series and really sets the foundation for peer to peer learning.” 

    A series of recommendations from programme training and M&E providers concerning the sustainability of the overall programme, have been invited by CDB. The programme is considering the development of all modules into online packages, facilitation of Communities of Practice and the creation of ‘Lesson learning spaces’ for Monitoring and Evaluation at the CDB.

    Some photographs of some of the modules underway:


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  • CIDT facilitate UNIDO SME Project Development Course in Morocco

    31 July 2018
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    UNIDO Morrocco

    UNIDO Morrocco

    Forty participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia attended a Project and Programme Design course that aimed to assist the development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Arab Region. The course was taught and facilitated by Philip Dearden of CIDT and was sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

    The intensive course held in Rabat, Morocco, was organized for the Arab Region by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in conjunction with the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).

    The vision of the AIDMO is to realise high-quality and sustainable development in the fields of industry, mining and standardization. In recent years AIDMO initiated a capacity strengthening programme, funded by SIDA, with the technical support of UNIDO. The aim of the programme is to enable an accurate assessment and examination of AIDMO’s competences and areas of intervention, leading to a better definition of AIDMO’s position towards a number of themes and challenges to be reflected in their plans and strategies.

    In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, the capacity strengthening programme is enabling AIDMO to position itself as the key industrial development agency in the Arab region and thus help achieve regional integration, harmonization and effective coordination of industrial development related to trade, energy, climate change and decent work.

    In this context AIDMO and UNIDO jointly organized this interactive SME development initiative for the Arab region aiming at supporting the formulation of inclusive and sustainable industrial programmes to support SMEs in Arab countries with a focus on value chains, clustering in creative industries, innovation and the green industry.

    The course included a series of short technical lectures on SME development with a mix of dynamic sessions on participatory SME Project design taught by Professor Philip N. Dearden.

    Below: The UNIDO/AIDMO programme in Rabat, being opened with welcome speeches and tokens of friendship and cooperation.

    Below: SME Development sessions being delivered by technical experts from a range of organisations.

    Below: Workshop participants working on their development projects and programmes before presenting and sharing them.

    Below: End of Course Certificates being presented.

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  • Philip Dearden presents on Project Cycle Leadership the Caribbean Leadership Symposium

    10 July 2018
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    Philip Dearden with Devon Rowe, Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration CARICAD.

    Above: Philip Dearden with Devon Rowe, Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration CARICAD.


    Philip Dearden, the Head of CIDT, presented a session entitled ‘How critical is leadership around the project cycle in delivering results in the Caribbean Region?’ at the Caribbean Leadership Symposium in Kingston, Jamaica, 28th – 29th June 2018.

    Over 120 senior leaders in the public sectors from across the Caribbean Region and representatives of key regional and international agencies attended the Symposium with the theme ‘Building Leadership Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving’. The event was organised by the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP).

    The CLP is an initiative funded by the Government of Canada to support the leadership and economic development training needs of national public sectors in 12 CARICOM countries and key regional organisations.

    The Symposium was opened by the Hon. Dr Nigel Clarke, Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service.

    Dr Darran Newman, Division Chief (Ag.) Technical Cooperation Division (CDB), outlined the importance of Leadership in the Caribbean in her remarks at the Opening Ceremony.

    They were both joined by Her Excellency Laurie Peters, Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica and Ms Collen Rossiter, Project Director of the CLP, seen here to the left and right of Phil respectively.

    The first day of the event was lead by Dr Wayne Corneil who lead an interactive session on Crisis Leadership and Change.

    On the second day of the symposium Philip (Head of CIDT) and Claire Fischer (DODS Training Associate) presented sessions on the Caribbean Development Bank’s Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme.

    This was followed by a session led by Dr Darran Newman, Division Chief (Ag.) Technical Cooperation Division (CDB), examining the Power of Collective Leadership Impact – Can communities of practice nurture leadership attitudes and behaviour in the policy process?

    These closed door sessions were attended by Permanent Sectretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, and others of equivalent rank from across the 19 countries supported by the CDB.

    The specific objectives of the session were:

    • To provide an analysis and stock take of the main issues, drawing from the perspectives of Permanament Sectrtaries and Deputy Permanagement Sectraries who attended PPAM/PCM face to face training.
    • The enhance the practice of bolder leadership in navigating the political and institutional space.
    • To consider the case for a more devolved leadership model where staff (women and men) in all ministries with project and programme respoinsibiliteis are encouraged and coached to take on a stronger and more proactive leadership roles.
    • To debate the power of collective leadership impact – Can communities of practice nurture leadership attitudes and behaviours in the policy process?

    The sessions heavily focused on how to overcome the key insititutional challenges in relation to policy making and delvery that are emerging from the ongoing CDB training programme.

    Philip’s session concluded that Caribbean development projects and programmes need staff teams and individuals who have the confidence and capability to address the organisational and institutional challenges and appreciate and balance the various tensions that can arise. They also need an ability to draw on evidence and prior practical experience to apply context-specific judgement.  He strongly argued that in relation to addressing the regional implementation deficit, project and programme management is now simply not enough.  Project and programme leaders are now required.

    The 7 Simple Steps in CIDT’s experiential Leadership Capacity Development Programme (a programme designed for both female and male leaders at all levels) were outlined and briefly discussed in relation to the perceived needs in the Caribbean region.

    Philip also highlighted the need for sustainability in relation to the needs for further ongoing capacity development across the region.

    A series of suggestions/recommendations were put forward by all speakers. These were discussed in small groups and feedback collected.

    Despite the challenging nature of the many difficult delivery issues discussed during the closed door session, the early feedback from participants is very positive.   All of the participants who completed the evaluation survey forms gave a high rating for the session in terms of its contribution to their learning ( i.e. either strongly agreed or agreed).

    The closed door session was facilitated by Karen Hinds,  Chief Executive Officer, Workplace Success Group seen here leading the final “Call for Action” session (and paying tribute to both Jamaica and Usain Bolt!).

    Please click here on this link to see Philip’s presentation.

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  • CIDT supports development of Macedonia Decent Work Country Programme with the ILO

    26 June 2018
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    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.

    Monitoring and Evaluation (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 recently review of the ILO’s last Decent Country Work Plan (DWCP) for Macedonia highlighted the need to strengthen M&E.

    In view of this ILO requested Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) to provide refresher training on key concepts of M&E applying them to the planning of the Decent Work Country Programme for Macedonia (2018 to 21).  The training was targeted at some 27 specialists and mid-level managers of the Ministry of Labour of Macedonia, the Employers’ Confederation, and the key Trade Union staff in the country.

    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 actually preparing the new DWCP for Macedonia.

    Sessions were held on the

    • 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 the:

    • M&E skills of ILO constituents in Macedonia were refreshed,
    • 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 how to complete the DWCP including monitoring mechanisms.

        Some participant comments from the end of Clinic Evaluation:

    • Very good educative training
    • Interesting and useful lessons – excellent lecturer
    • Excellent facilitation
    • Good ways of sharing experiences, knowledge and skills and bringing many thoughts together for improvement of country general
    • Well done – very good!
    • Excellent presentations
    • Very good workshop format
    • Good concrete discussions
    • Comprehensive agenda
    • Motivation – very good!
    • Well-grounded workshop
    • Excellent high quality trainer/facilitator.

    Photos from the training

    Below: Maria Borsos presenting the findings of the Review of the last Macedonia Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP).

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

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

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

    Below: End of Clinic certificates being presented by Markus Pilgrim

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  • CIDT and Palladium deliver a Support Fund Proposal Writing Workshop in Myanmar

    11 June 2018
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    CIDT was invited by Palladium to co-develop and run a 5 day Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) Support Fund Proposal Writing Workshop on the DFID FLEGT Facilitation Project in Myanmar. CIDT’s Rachel Roland teamed up with Palladium’s Marc Pavey and James Pilkington to run the participatory training during the week of April 23rd to 27th.

    The 42 participants on the course came from three major groupings who had successfully expressed interest in a grant from the VPA Support Fund. These were sixteen people from  the civil society organisations involved in forest legality issues from all around Myanmar;  fourteen people from the private sector timber associations and a number of people from other types of non governmental organisations such as small registered NGOs and research institutes and consultancy organisations. Several of the participants also belonged to the Multistakeholder Group (MSG) involved in the FLEGT preparation process. The workshop organisers also welcomed a number of people from the MSG’s Grants Sub Committee who observed the workshop during the entire week. Trainer Rachel was delighted to meet some alumni from the CIDT Improving Forest Governance course, who were part of this group.

    The training workshop was divided up into three sections

    • A first day of information about global and national FLEGT processes, and how to access the grants, eligibility criteria and grant agreements
    • 2.5 days of Results Based Management principles adapted for the prospective grantees to support their proposal writing
    • A day and a half of preparations for presentation to the grants subcommittee and then the presentations themselves.

    The training and workshop was organised at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MNREC)’s International Business Centre on Pyay Rd. All workshop IT and lighting plus catering support was provided from the IBC at a high standard.

    Furthermore, given that the trainers do not speak Myanmar’s language, all materials were translated into Myanmar and simultaneous translation in both directions was undertaken for every aspect of interaction during the timetable. The Simultaneous translation was of a very high quality such that there were few barriers to communication during the week.

    The participation in the training was extremely meaningful and good, especially since participants are not used to this intensive kind of workshop. Whereas at the start of the workshop one person asked if it was really necessary to come all week, there was a tendency to actually increase the number of participants as the week went on and people frequently stayed working after the formal end of the day – in short there was a real eagerness to learn about Results Based Management tools and techniques for proposal writing. In addition some real progress was made in discussions between the various parties about their participation in the national FLEGT process, afforded by having personnel from different parts of the country in the same room together for five days.

    From a level of very few participants having ever had interactive training or training on proposal writing, five very credible proposals were presented at the end of the week. Feedback about what had been learned was very insightful and showed a great appetite for learning. One participant lamented that “I needed this training 20 years ago”. He then revealed his age to be 76!

    The workshop ended and was deemed to be a great success. The grant proposal window will shortly open and the real measure of success is if proposal writing course participants present high quality proposals that can be funded by the UKAid funds available.

    Photos taken by Kho Phyo Htet, FLEGT Secretariat, Myanmar

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