Mary has now worked for 25 years at CIDT, with a total of 29 years at the University of Wolverhampton, her first few years working with Terry Withington in the Centre for Curriculum Development
In many ways Mary embodies the spirit and ethos of CIDT. Passionate, committed to change things for the better for those who miss out on living their lives to the full, and unwavering in her influencing others to do what is right, she has generated huge respect and a “Mary effect” wherever she goes. Part of the ‘Mary Effect’ is that people she works with end up joining us. Several CIDT staff applied for jobs after lengthy project work experience with Mary.
When she arrived at CIDT she went straight to work in Tanzania, which was her first experience of working in international development. She brought her already highly-recognised skills of adult learning, communication styles and curriculum development to the fore in a long term project with a Tanzanian livestock training college near Arusha. Typically, she is still in good touch with her Tanzanian counterpart from those days. From there she supported all CIDT staff to appreciate the importance of gender and social inclusion; to practice communication skills, all of which are now part of CIDT’s DNA.
Since those early days Mary has gone on to work in over 30 countries and take part in very strategic work for a range of significant organisations. Like so much of what CIDT does, our reputation is dependent on how we present ourselves to our partners. In this regard a very good example of the ‘Mary effect’ is the hugely impactful and successful education programme for the All-Age Schools in Jamaica. This programme set the direction for all the subsequent work that CIDT has done in the Caribbean, including our current large Caribbean Development Bank training programme and the redesign of the primary school curriculum for grade 1-9 pupils, where the impact of her incisive direction is being felt by every single school child in Jamaica.
Apart from Jamaica Mary has excellent experience in designing policies, strategies and activities to address discrimination on the basis of gender and to promote equal opportunities for women and men in the workplace. She has made a huge contribution in supporting national and international agencies such as the Commonwealth Secretariat and various International charities to develop and implement their own gender strategies and mainstreaming plans. Added to that she conducts gender analyses, audits and appraisals and is a gender trainer/capacity developer and gender trainer-trainer. She develops gender guidelines, manuals and online programmes. She is an experienced project manager and team leader and has become known as an evaluator for inclusion in education.
Despite being at an age where most people are thinking of retirement or have retired, her passion and enthusiasm means she is currently project manager for a portfolio of 3 long-term evaluation projects which use DFID and UNICEF funding, as well as working with the African Union Commission to support women into leadership and gender equity in leadership roles in the organisation.
A special long-service dinner was held last week which Mary sadly missed. In her absence Philip Dearden was presented with a certificate and gift for Mary from Professor Geoff Layer (below left). Phil later passed these onto Mary in CIDT (see main photo above).
At the event Philip Dearden provided the follow comments about Mary’s service with CIDT:
“It’s been lovely to celebrate Mary’s long service to CIDT. Mary has had a really positive influence on the development and direction of CIDT. During her time with us she’s had a huge impact on many CIDT staff, hundreds of students and on the very many organisations and agencies she has worked with. She is an exemplary model for any one working in international development.”
After the event Mary said:
“Although I had been a teacher trainer in the School of Education at the University since 1989, when I first began working for CIDT in 1991, my learning curve was so steep that it curved back on itself. Now 27 years later it is still that steep! Ever since I began in international development with CIDT, the work has been so varied, interesting, challenging and fulfilling that there has never been a dull day. It has been such a privilege to work with such an inspirational group of colleagues and with so many kind, patient and amazing people across the world. I am eternally grateful”.
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
- 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:
Rachel Slater participates in expert group meeting for the Commission of the Status of Women 2019 in New York
After many years working to try and coerce researchers into taking gender seriously or always being labelled the ‘gender expert’ in the room, it was a relief to be in a meeting where the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment were taken as a given and occupied centre stage throughout proceedings.
I was attending an expert group meeting in support of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. The priority theme of the commission will be social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
UN Women convened a group of experts to provide inputs to a background paper for the CSW. From a broad and rich discussion, my three main takeaways from the expert group meeting were as follows:
- First, how gender bias in formal contributory pensions system rules and processes undermine women’s wellbeing in old age, particularly in the developing world. Gaps in paid work (particularly for maternity and child care) reduce the amount of years that women are contributing to pensions and are rarely compensated, and women are disproportionately represented in the informal sector where access to contributory pensions is scarce or poor.
- Second, that women’s work is often highly risky but this is rarely acknowledged: Mignon Duffy presented data showing that non-fatal injury rates in nursing homes were more than twice that as construction and yet care work is rarely recognised as a dangerous occupation.
- Third, that there’s a fine balance between meeting women’s specific needs and reinforcing stereotypes of what constitutes women’s work. So, for example, in public works programmes, it is critical to include creches in public works activities but this risks reinforcing women’s role as carers rather than as workers in the productive sectors.
Those takeaways show my bias – towards social protection – but, inspired by the comments of Tanu Priya Uteng, I left mulling over how different the world could be (and how much better for poor people everywhere) if we moved from car-based transport planning to basing planning of transport infrastructure on women’s experiences and needs. So watch this link for the report of the expert groups meeting sometime in late October.
A pioneering project to transform the lives of people in the Congo rainforest has secured a funding boost of £1.4million.
The University of Wolverhampton will work in five Congo Basin countries with the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) as part of the project.
The £1.4m funding has been awarded to the University’s Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).
University experts will support forest governance with partners in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo on the project for the next three years.
The project was launched in 2017 when CIDT secured funding of £5million from the European Union.
New match funding to the project from the UK Department for International Development will support partners to collaborate with the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) to ensure effective engagement and response from forest law enforcement agencies, law makers and judiciary.
The next phase of the Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C) project will be launched in October with a workshop in Congo Brazzaville.
Dr Aurelian Mbzibain, Programme Manager for the Citizen Voices for Change project, said:
“We are delighted to have secured £1.4m from the Department for International Development for this important project in the Congo Basin.
“The aim of the project is to work in partnership with local organisations and communities to ensure private sector companies are working within their contracts and operating within EU timber regulations governing deforestation and legal exports.
“The new element of the project with partners Interpol focuses on effective engagement and response from forest law enforcement agencies, law makers and judiciary in national forest policy processes.
“This is a strategic new project component which will strengthen the role and visibility of the project and its partners in the region as champions of good forest governance.”
For further details about the project, visit the CV4C project website.
Article published by University of Wolverhampton, Tuesday, 11 September 2018.
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.
Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT was invited to a reception hosted by Gillian Keegan MP in the Churchill Room in the Houses of Parliament on 3rd July 2018. At this reception, the report Measuring up: How the UK is performing on the Sustainable Development Goals was officially launched on behalf of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD).
A full copy of the report can be downloaded at the UKSSD website.
Lord Bates, Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID) thanked the UKSSD for the hard work in producing the report and announced that DFID will consult on its process for the UK’s 2019 report to the UN on the Goals.
Oliver Dowden CBE, Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Implementation) reported on how the UK government is fully committed to the implementation of the SDGs in the UK.
Emily Auckland, UKSSD Network Director and Co-chair UKSSD and Dominic White of WWF explained the genesis of UKSSD and the production of the report.
Measuring up is the most comprehensive review of the current situation in the UK conducted to date. It informs us as to what is happening in the UK for people, the environment and the economy.
Out of 143 relevant SDG targets, the UKSSD found that the UK is performing well on 24%, with 57% where there are gaps in policy coverage or performance is not adequate and 15% where there is little or no policy in place to address the target or the performance is poor.
Both Emily and Dominic reported that it fully needs to be recognised that the SDGs cannot be achieved by individual organisations or government alone. The Measuring up report reveals the links between the targets and highlights the importance of working together.
This information now helps organisations identify where they are having, and could have, an impact on the SDGs.
By looking at the relationships between the Goals or Targets we can also identify organisations whose work relates to our own – even if they’re in a different industry or sector. This opens the door to interesting, and potentially unexpected, opportunities for collaboration.
Philip, who has often talked critically about the lack of a UK plan for the SDGs please see example Philip Dearden presents at Going Global and Philip Dearden presents Civic Mission Summit in Cardiff reports that he is impressed with the quality and depth of the report. He states:
“On reflection it’s very sad that to date the government has done so little in regards to planning any real implementation of the SDGs in the UK. It’s now good that at least some people realise that the SDGs also cover the UK and that the vacuum has been strongly filled by the newly emerged UKSSD group. They are to be congratulated on producing a quality report that ironically would have shamed most parliamentary parties. I now seriously hope the current government will take up the report and start implementing the required action across the whole country”.
In conclusion Philip reports “While there’s a lot to celebrate in the Measuring up report it’s very clear that the most vulnerable people and places in our society are increasingly being left behind. If the government is now serious about the SDGs and ‘leaving no-one behind’ then we all have some huge challenges ahead.”
Some further scenes at the launch of the SDG report in Parliament. All photos by Philip Dearden.
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.
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