• 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.

    Photos from the training

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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.”

    Photo gallery

    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.”

    Images from the training

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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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  • 66 Stakeholders of the IPPC undertake foundational Logframe Training online with CIDT

    12 January 2017
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    CIDT online RBM course

    The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has developed a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool for countries to self-assess their capacity to implement the Convention and the application of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). The Secretariat of the IPPC has been supporting countries worldwide to use the PCE tool to appraise their particular situations, identify about five major sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)-related problems to be addressed, then develop a Strategic Plan for addressing those priority issues. This process involves a stakeholder analysis, a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis and development of a Logical Framework (“LogFrame”).

    As part of the training of certified “PCE Facilitators,” the IPPC Secretariat at FAO contracted CIDT to provide access to its existing online course on the Logical Framework Approach (LFA). Completion of this online training was a pre-requisite to the face-to-face (F2F) training provided by IPPC/FAO. Completing the online training before the F2F training ensured that the participants came to the workshop already equipped with the basic knowledge that is foundational to the course. This way, they could jump right into hands-on application of the concepts and delve deeper into practical details, with only limited time spent reviewing or clarifying the basic information covered via the e-learning.

    A total of sixty-six (66) participants from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America completed the online training between August and November 2016. According to the post-training survey, the course was very well received by users.  Here are a few quotes articulating their general impressions:

    • It is more impressive than other online courses.
      The sequence of the material was excellent; and the flow of information from one module to the next made learning easy.
      It is clear and concise, easy to understand and apply.
      I liked the examples, case study and illustrations that helped cement the key points.

    When asked about the main benefits of the training and how they will apply it, users said:

    • From this training, I am in a position to develop a competitive fundable proposal.
      This training will help me to design a project using LFA.
      By learning to do a problem analysis and the crafting of outcomes, outputs and activities, I can assist in developing my department’s strategic plan and work plans.
      After this training course, I will definitely conduct the stakeholder analysis and consult them for each project.

    Prior to offering the online training to the PCE Facilitators, CIDT had also conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on LFA for IPPC/FAO staff in Rome in early 2016.


    CIDT’s online training programme on Results-Based Management (RBM) Thinking Tools, including the Logical Framework Approach (LFA).

    This online course provides basic training on a range of ‘thinking tools’ which facilitate RBM. It is not purely academic or theoretical. Rather, it was designed to support development practitioners with simple practical approaches and advice for designing, managing and assessing results-oriented projects, programmes and organizational performance. A major component of this training is the LFA, because the LogFrame is a key tool for RBM. This e-learning programme consists of ten modules, which provide an overview of RBM and cover the ‘seven steps’ of designing and planning for new projects or programmes in a results-oriented manner. It introduces key tools that can be used at various steps, including Stakeholder Analysis, Problem and Objectives Trees, Risk Analysis, LogFrames, Workplans and Budgets. Most of the modules include interactive exercises and scenario-based quizzes, including a case study, to help participants check their knowledge and learning. It is a self-paced programme that takes, on average 8 to 12 hours to complete.

    In terms of learning objectives, it is expected that upon completion of the ten modules, participants will:

    • Understand the relationship between RBM and the LFA;
    • Recognize the potential use of the LFA and related tools for strategic/institutional planning, programme design and/or project proposal development;
    • Understand the ‘logic’ of the results chain within Theories of Change;
    • Be familiar with Results and LFA terminology;
    • Be able to use a range of ‘RBM thinking tools’, including development of a basic LogFrame;
    • Appreciate the LogFrame as a participatory process, rather than just an end product (i.e., a 4×4 matrix).



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  • Successful Delivery of the Evaluation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Strategic Plan

    21 December 2016
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    With the aim of furthering democratic values and principles, the Secretariat supports Commonwealth member states to conduct fair, credible and inclusive elections, among other core areas of work.

    With the aim of furthering democratic values and principles, the Secretariat supports Commonwealth member states to conduct fair, credible and inclusive elections, among other core areas of work.

    Above: With the aim of furthering democratic values and principles, the Secretariat supports Commonwealth member states to conduct fair, credible and inclusive elections, among other core areas of work.


    CIDT has just completed an evaluation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Strategic Plan (SP), which covers the period of 2013/14 to 2016/17.

    This independent evaluation assessed internal processes to develop the SP and align the organisation to it, the relevance of the Plan to Commonwealth member countries’ needs, and effectiveness and results of the Secretariat’s key projects and programmes.  It examined questions such as the following:

    • External perceptions: What are the Member countries’ views on the current SP and how well it aligns with their own needs and priorities? How beneficial has the Secretariat’s work been to Member countries and partners during the SP period? How should the Secretariat address demand from the Commonwealth countries, with its available resources and while remaining focused on its comparative advantages?
    • Internal perceptions: How helpful have the current SP, the corresponding Results-Based Management (RBM) system and related tools been to the Commonwealth Secretariat staff? To what extent has organisational reform and restructuring enabled or inhibited delivery of the SP? Going forward, what could be done differently to enable improvements in: strategic and operational planning; monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MR&E); and RBM?

    This SP was a key component of the Secretariat’s ongoing efforts to strengthen RBM within the organisation. Over the last decade, they have: introduced an RBM Framework; enhanced internal ME&R systems, tools and templates; and conducted extensive training and orientation of all levels of staff. CIDT had contributed to these efforts under a separate contract, involving the development of an online training programme on RBM (yet to be launched).

    The following methods were used to conduct this evaluation: extensive document review; consultations with Secretariat staff in London; virtual interviews with key stakeholders at global and regional levels as well as in various Member countries; and field visits to the Seychelles (in Africa) and Vanuatu (from the Asia and Pacific region). In total, 109 people were interviewed via 73 sessions, which were a combination of one-one-one Semi-Structured Interviews (SSIs) and small Focus Group Discussions (FGDs).

    In Seychelles, the Secretariat has been responding to country requests to assist with electoral management, by participating in election observations and providing experts to advise on the electoral reform process; human rights, by strengthening the National Human Rights Commission; rule of law/justice work, by placing judges and a Court Administration Adviser in the Supreme Court; trade, by providing Trade Advisors to enable the country’s  accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as a long-term expert in the office of Intellectual Property; debt management, by building capacity to use the Secretariat’s signature debt management software; and in oceans and natural resources management, by furthering the Blue Economy initiative.

    In Vanuatu, most of the Secretariat’s priority programmatic areas are supported, with close linkages between the work done in rule of law, elections and political reform. It places a Master of the Court and judges in the Supreme Court, who have helped to reduce the backlog of cases and set high standards for justice and independence of the judiciary. Following the conviction of Members of Parliament for corruption by the Supreme Court, the Secretariat supported Parliamentary elections and constitutional reform efforts and is currently assisting with the public awareness campaign for the upcoming referendum. The Secretariat has also contributed to oceans and natural resources management and is exploring a partnership with the Government of Vanuatu in climate financing.

    The final report of the SP Evaluation included recommendations from both strategic and operational perspectives, with the aim of informing development of the next Strategic Plan for 2017/18 to 2021/22.

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  • CIDT facilitate UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Course in Bahrain

    13 December 2016
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    facilitate UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Course

    UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Course

    Above: Course participants and tutors at an official reception hosted by His Excellence Zayaed R. Alzayani, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain.


    Sixteen participants from the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Yemen attended a UNIDO training course, facilitated by Philip Dearden of CIDT that aims to build the regional trade capacity of the Gulf Countries.

    The intensive course held in Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was organized for Gulf Cooperation Council Member States by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in conjunction with the Gulf Standards Organization, the Islamic Trade Finance Cooperation (ITFC) and the Aid for Trade Iniative for the Arab States (AFTIAS).

    “Trade has long been recognized as a potential engine for growth and wealth creation. Many countries continue to face supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints which can inhibit their ability to compete on international markets. Therefore, UNIDO and its partners designed this programme to help address these challenges by training experts on how to overcome quality infrastructure related barriers,” said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Trade Investment and Innovation.

    “The course included a distance learning component that ensures participants share a common knowledge concerning trade capacity building issues, and a residential part that offered a mixture of technical lectures and dynamic sessions on participatory project design taught by Professor Philip N. Dearden” he added.

    Representatives from UNIDO, ISO, BIPM and the GCC Accreditation Centre all taught on the course alongside Philip Dearden of CIDT who taught all the workshop sessions on Project and Programme Design and Management.

    The programme being opened by Dr Hashim Hussein, Head UNIDO Investment and Technology Office.

    Trade Sessions being delivered by technical experts from a range of internaional organisations.

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

    Certificates being presented by Nader K, Almoayyed, Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, A. Karim Ahmed Alrashid, Assistant Undersecretary for Industrial Development and  Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmeiento, Head of Department of Trade Investment and Innovation, UNIDO.

    Course participants and tutors at the end of the intensive programme.

    UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Course

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  • CIDT helps deliver the 2016 ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ course at BIPM in Paris

    28 November 2016
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    BIPM 2016 “Leaders of Tomorrow” Programme

    BIPM 2016 “Leaders of Tomorrow” Programme

    Above: The BIPM 2016 “Leaders of Tomorrow” Programme – course participants and tutors

    The Head of CIDT, Philip Dearden, was asked to help facilitate an international ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ course at the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM) in Paris, France.

    The BIPM is the intergovernmental organisation through which countries worldwide act together on matters related to measurement science and measurement standards.

    Its mission 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.

    As an integral part of their Leaders for Tomorrow programme, the 18 participants (from 14 different countries) first completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management (RBM) course. This was a prerequisite for the in-person training programme. Feedback from the participants on the online course included the following:

    • The course is interactive. While doing it you are working through examples and there’s continuous feedback whether you’re on the right path or not.
    • It’s well-structured and divided into several parts, so one does not need to complete it all in one go.
    • The course offered an in-depth training on real situations regarding our day to day activities, and if well applied in real life, one can change the operations around his/her environment with possible improved outcomes.

    Prof. Philip Dearden of CIDT led three intensive days of strategic and programme planning work, which followed onfrom an intensive technical programme of study.  . During those three days of workshop sessions, four teams  developed a range of strategic programmes for future implementation.   Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then final proposed programmes presented.

    A range of very positive comments were made by the participants about the CIDT-facilitated workshop:

    • “I have gained a lot of useful knowledge in a short space of time.”
    • “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to meet everyone here from different countries and cultures – it’s been a wonderful experience.”
    • “The knowledge and practice gained from this course will be extremely helpful to me. In addition I plan to pass on what I have gained to my team back home.”
    • “I really enjoyed the interactions and learning from each other – thank you so much for facilitating this so effectively.”
    • “Before I didn’t understand the course title – now I do! I know what I have to do and I will do it!:

    Above left: Dr Douglas Olsen, Prof. Philip Dearden, Chingis Kuanbayev and Andy Henson – the key course leaders and facilitators.
    Above right: Course participants and tutors all celebrate a successful course!

    Interactive workshop sessions and presentations

    Luc Erard and Andy Henson present participants with certificates

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