• CIDT signs an important MOU with the Somali Ecological Society

    31 July 2017
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    Somali Ecological Society

    The Chairman of the Somali Ecological Society, Mohamoud Ibrahim and the Head of CIDT, Professor Philip Dearden signed an important Memorandum of Understanding on 27th July 2017.

    During a visit to CIDT by seven members of the Somali Ecological Society, the two organisations agreed to work together for the rebuilding of Somalia especially in relation to Capacity Strengthening in Natural Resource Management and Climate Compatible Development.

    The Somali Ecological Society (SES) is a non-profit environmental NGO set up in the 1980s to promote the conservation of flora and fauna in Somalia and the sustainable utilisation of Somalia’s natural resources.

    The SES members reside in Somalia as well as in the Diaspora; – many are PhD and Masters holder in the natural sciences, with strong links with the Somali Government (both South and North).

    The Somali Government is seeking assistance from the SES to help rebuild national capacity of the natural resources sector after 30 years of civil war. In turn the SES have asked CIDT to partner in this task because of long-standing historic links. In the 1980s a number of CIDT staff were actively engaged in capacity strengthening of the natural resources sector in Somalia through training and education. A number of SES members are alumni of the University of Wolverhampton having studied at CIDT in the 1980s.

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  • CIDT Alumnus from Nepal publishes important new book.

    26 July 2017
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    Sunil Kumar Pariyar

    "Hariyo Banbhitra Dalitko Sanggharsa” - A Dalit’s Struggle inside the Green ForestSunil Kumar Pariyar from Nepal who was a participant of the CIDT improving forest governance course in 2012 has just published a book about A Dalit’s Struggle Inside Green Forest.

    “Hariyo Banbhitra Dalitko Sanggharsa” – A Dalit’s Struggle inside the Green Forest

    Sunil Kumar PariyarSunil Kumar Pariyar is the Chairperson of the Dalit Alliance for Natural Resources (DANAR) – Nepal and worked with the Livelihoods and Forestry Programme (LFP) funded by UK Aid and supported by CIDT.

    Sunil attended the 2011/2 Nepal – Improving Forestry Governance course which was split between Telford in the UK and Pokhara and Kathmandu in Nepal.

    CIDT are currently helping Sunil search for funding to translate his book into English. If you would like to support this please contact us at CIDT@wlv.ac.uk.

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    Below: Nepal – Improving Forestry Governance Group photograph at Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) University of Wolverhampton, Telford Campus, UK

    Improving Forestry Governance course

    Below: Sunil and other course participants on a home visit.

    Below: Facilitation Skills Practice in Pokhara with invited Forest Governance stakeholders

    Below: Illegal Logging Meeting in Kathmandu attended by 96 Forestry Governance key stakeholders 14th March 2012

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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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  • CIDT supports Forest Media Awards: Journalists rewarded for their writings at the service of forest governance

    18 July 2017
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    Forest Media Awards 2017

    16 Cameroonian journalists  were honored at the 3rd edition of the Forest Media Awards, on the 15th of June 2017 during a prestigious ceremony organized at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé. ForMA is a competition designed to reward journalists for their efforts to raise awareness on issues related to forest governance and climate change. It is an initiative of the association Forests and Rural Development (FODER). Like the two previous editions, ForMA was under the patronage of the Ministry of Communication and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. Two prizes were therefore in competition for this edition: an Open prize and an AFR Special prize. It was organized with the financial support of the project “Citizens’ Voice for Change: Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin” (CV4C).

    The introduction of this Special prize related to the Annual Forest Royalty (AFR), was among the major innovations of this edition. Through this award, FODER wanted to reward journalists who, with their pen, contributed significantly to the advocacy for the restoration of the Annual Forest Royalty share intended to the communities, removed in the finance law of the 2015 budget exercise.  The advocacy carried out with journalists’ support permitted to reintroduce it in part in the finance law of the 2017 budget exercise, up to 6.75%.

    So, the journalist Pierre NKA of the daily newspaper quotidien de l’Economie climbed the first step in the AFR written press category. The best of the radio category of this same prize, is Georges Tsayid, from Metoung Radio in Abong-Mbang. For the open prize, Eugène NDI, Eden Newspaper, Viviane BAHOKEN from Africa 24, Ebenizer DIKI from RTS and Madeleine NGEUNGA of Madyngeunga.over—blog.com respectively received the winning-prize in the print media, television, radio and online media categories.

    The first of each category of these prizes was honored with the amount of 500,000 FCFA. And, their media respectively received an envelope of 300,000 FCFA each. As for the second and third of each category, a professional dictaphone was given as a reward.

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    Article by Christelle KOUETCHA, FODER

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  • CIDT and CV4C partners lead on forest monitoring at Chatham House 2017

    12 July 2017
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    CIDT at Chatham House

    CIDT and project partners FODER and World Resources Institute led a session on Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) at the Chatham House Illegal Logging update in June 2017.

    Following introduction by the Chair of the Session, Duncan Brack, Dr Aurelian Mbzibain in a scene-setting presentation, gave participants an overview of the state of forest monitoring in the Congo Basin and implications for forest management and due diligence decision making.

    Through its ongoing Citizen Voices for Change: Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin (CV4C) project, CIDT and its partners FODER and World Resources Institute (WRI) led the session on the role forest monitoring in improving transparency in the forest sector.

    FODER (Cameroon) presented a case study on the impact of the SNOIE independent forest monitoring (IFM) system, while WRI introduced the Open Timber Portal (OTP). The OTP is being developed as part of the European Union funded CV4C project and will provide a one stop shop for forest monitoring data from project partners in the Congo Basin. Then the discussions centred on improving the credibility and practice of civil society led forest monitoring in order to increase the uptake of IFM outputs by stakeholders.

    This two-day meeting (19-20 June 2017) organised by the Think Tank Chatham House, is part of a series of illegal logging update meetings that bring together participants from civil society, industry and governments from around the world. It brought together over 250 participants with the aim of providing an update on global efforts to improve forest governance and reduce illegal logging. Topics on the agenda included:

    • Timber trade regulations – approaches from around the world;
    • Update on the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) action plan and Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) countries;
    • Recent developments in China to tackle the trade in illegal timber and promote responsible overseas investment;
    • Improving transparency through forest monitoring and satellite technology.

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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 participates in Interpol conference on global forestry crime

    4 July 2017
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    Interpol conference.

    Photo by Interpol. See more photos on the Interpol website.

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    CIDT’s work on forest governance and forest monitoring was recognised when it was invited to attend an international conference organised by Interpol. One of the key outcomes of the conference was the establishment of a specialised international working group on forestry crime. CIDT will be part of this working group through the NGOs and Civil Society Stakeholder platform.

    The three-day (12-14 June) Global Forestry Crime Conference gathered some 100 representatives from the timber industry, financial institutions, investigative non-governmental organizations, and law enforcement agencies to shape a transnational response against the ‘business’ of forestry crime.

    The conference held at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France highlighted the need for national and international law enforcement agencies to engage with the global network of NGOs, financial institutions, and the timber industry to identify priorities, share best practices and coordinate activities.

    Opening the conference, the INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services Tim Morris said: “Criminal intelligence held by INTERPOL confirms that the same routes and modus operandi used for the illegal trade of timber are also used for the illegal movement of commodities such as drugs and protected wildlife.” Mr Morris added that, “It is important that investigations into forestry crime target the kingpins who control the networks and finance the illegal logging operations as a business. We must acknowledge the extent to which organized criminal networks are involved with corporate crime, and increase transnational, multi-agency cooperation and investigations.”

    Over the 3 day conference CIDT representative and Independent Forest Monitoring Expert on the Congo Basin Forest Monitoring project, Richard Nyirenda also held meetings and discussions with other experts from the private sector, international NGOs and national enforcement agencies. The discussions centred around how the Congo Basin Forest Monitoring project could partner with other experts so that it can effectively undertake its monitoring and capacity strengthening activities by focussing on financial flows, corruption, engagement with law enforcement agencies and applying technology based solution in forest monitoring.

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  • Moving from Practice to Theory – CIDT’s presents vision for academic research

    3 July 2017
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    At the University of Wolverhampton’s Annual Research Conference 2017, CIDT’s Dr Canford Chiroro and Ella Haruna presented an exciting initiative to leverage CIDT’s practical experience of international development projects and consultancy towards an academic research agenda.

    As a self-funding Centre, historically CIDT has focussed on the delivery of externally-funded contracts and business development and has not been ‘research active’ in the traditional academic sense. Reversing the typical approach of ‘theory to practice’, recent University investment into CIDT is intended to significantly increase documentation of models, frameworks and approaches. A new CIDT Reader will strengthen CIDT staff capacity to convert large data sets gathered through client-focused work into academic output. The desired outcomes of this investment will increase UoW/CIDT global impact, strengthen the University Research outcomes and consolidate CIDT’s vision as a Centre of Excellence for capacity strengthening for the international development sector.

    In the session chaired by Professor Dew Harrison of the Faculty of Arts, Dr Chiroro outlined how CIDT will employ a two-pronged approach: converting existing data/reports into academic products; and integrating a research framework into selected new projects going forward. Taking CIDT’s new EU-funded Citizen’s Voice for Change as one example, he identified a number of research themes:

    Canford Chiroro“We are looking at how partnerships work, can be sustained, and different partnership arrangements. We are exploring the political economy of forest monitoring and governance, and the area of green growth. We seek to document the impact of capacity development, as well as the process through which such impact is produced. And we are also interested in contributing towards the growing literature on how organisations learn (or fail to learn) and the implications of this on their resilience.”

    The presentation concluded by touching on some of the potential risks or challenges ahead.

    The programme for the two-day Annual Research Conference references CIDT’s abstract:

    View the PowerPoint presentation.

    View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Over the next four years under new EU-funded grants, CIDT will develop collaborative partnerships with the University of Dschang, Cameroon and the Faculty of Forestry, National University of Lao. CIDT past projects piloted University curriculum development in natural resource governance in these two institutions in two continents, and there is huge potential to build on this work. CIDT has brokered new institutional linkages in Rwanda and Ethiopia – two countries, where strong political will exists to advance knowledge and capacity required to achieve low carbon climate resilient economies. It is expected that CIDT will contribute significantly to developing these links. The research investment will allow CIDT to work with academic staff in these four partner institutions on the authorship of joint peer reviewed academic articles. Case studies and findings from the engagement will feed CIDT’s re-emerging academic teaching programme – especially the newly approved MBA (International Development).

    You can view the PowerPoint presentation delivered by Canford and Ella.

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  • Complete set of training materials for Independent Forest Monitoring launched

    20 June 2017
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    IFM Materials

    Today the Centre for International Development Training (CIDT), University of Wolverhampton launches a set of training materials to support forest monitors around the world.

    The online Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) training materials comprise over 30 presentations, group exercises and handouts arranged in four main modules: context, setting up an IFM initiative, implementing an IFM initiative and using what you find. In addition the website provides modules on setting up an IFM training course and ‘Next Steps’ to help ensure learning is put into practice. To complete the set there are three model timetables providing options for a two- four- or nine-day course.

    The materials are primarily aimed at civil society organisations and other practitioners of Independent Forest Monitoring, in order that they can provide high-quality training workshops. They can be downloaded and used by trainers and trainees alike, and are a useful reference for anyone involved in IFM to understand more about particular aspects they might be interested in. For example each module can be accessed individually to suit particular training needs, or a complete set in a zip file can be downloaded at the click of a button. The open and modular nature of the materials – along with key learning objectives for each section – also allows them to be adapted to local circumstances or specific trainees’ needs. For this reason and to make them faster to download they contain very few images or local content.

    The training materials have very-much been developed from experience, drawing extensively on the work of experienced IFM trainers and practitioners, and each PowerPoint presentation comes with extensive presenter’s notes. They are the product of numerous training courses run over the last decade, including the Independent Forest Monitoring component of CIDT’s popular Improving Forest Governance course as well as those offered by Forets et Développement Rural (FODER), Global Witness, and Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM). They have been collated by David Young.

    In addition to these organisations, the production and publication of these materials has been made possible in part through the financial assistance of the European Union and UK Aid provided to CIDT (through SAFG, EUCFPR and CV4C  projects), and Global Witness between 2014 and 2017.

    For enquiries or further information, please contact CIDT’s Richard Nyirenda.

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  • Making the SDGS ‘Glocal’ – Philip Dearden presents at Going Global 2017

    30 May 2017
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    Philip Dearden at Going Global

    Download Going Global PowerPoint presentation Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT, presented a session entitled ‘Thinking Globally – Acting Locally’ at this year’s Going Global 2017 Conference in London. Click the image to the right to download the presentation. Going Global is a British Council conference for leaders in international education to debate the future of further and higher education. Attended by 900 people, from 350 institutions, from some 80 countries the theme of this year’s conference was Global Cities: Connecting talent, driving change.

    Phil spoke on the theme ‘Sustainable Cities: the Development Challenge’ – alongside Professor Tade Akin Aina, the Executive Director, Partnerships for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) Kenya. Both speakers talked about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which address the world’s most challenging issues, and have been welcomed globally. Profs. Aina and Dearden noted that SDG indicators are being finalised and progress now being reported on by a number of agencies.

    Phil Dearden presents at Going Global 2017In his presentation Phil explained that the SDGs are universal and cover all countries including the UK. He stressed the important role of both Businesses and Universities in delivering the SDGs. He also importantly noted a perceived ‘accountability gap’ regarding domestic SDG implementation in the UK. Phil has spent his career working in international development. In this session however he presented a case study of the University of Wolverhampton, a post 1992 regional university located in challenged city areas of the UK. He noted that the University’s role as both an economic and social anchor locally and regionally is growing in significance. Four current university initiatives were presented and mapped across the corresponding SDGs:

    1. ASPIRE to Higher Education. This focused programme is aimed at encouraging the raising of aspirations of youngsters in the most deprived areas and sparking their interest in Higher Education and hence access to better life opportunities.
    2. Springfield Regeneration Programme. This ambitious £100m programme aims at regenerating a derelict inner city into a new campus area and producing new highly skilled graduates for the local and regional job market. See video below.
    3. A UNESCO Learning City/Region. The university has the strategic endorsement of the local authority to progress this overarching collaborative proposal of building a ‘Learning City’ by engaging with developing sectors, small business community and the voluntary sector; and through partnerships ensure that the university acts as a window on a wider richly diverse world.
    4. A new Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD). The new institute will provide a focus for local and regional research and development activities.

    In conclusion Phil noted the importance of the SDGs in the UK and then examined the current challenges of moving the SDGs from Global to Local making them ‘Glocal’. He stressed the importance of taking these ‘Glocal’ ideas and sharing them with each other. He also stressed the need for both SDG accountability and reporting in the UK and the use of open data to allow citizens to participate. “These Sustainable Development Goals cannot be delivered without businesses. They’re not owned by governments. They’re driven by businesses. And universities are crucial” Professor Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT

    Springfield Campus video

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