• CIDT supports the development of the Montenegro Decent Work Country Programme with the International Labour Organisation

    20 February 2018
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    Monitoring and Evaluation Training with Montenegro Decent Work Country Programme

    Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) provided refresher training on key concepts of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), applying them to the planning of the Decent Work Country Programme for Montenegro (DWCP), 2018 to 2021. The training was targeted at some 40 specialists and mid-level managers of the Ministry of Labour of Montenegro, the Employers’ Confederation, and the two Trade Union movements represented in the ILO.

    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.

    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 recent review of the ILO’s last DWCP for Montenegro highlighted the need to strengthen M&E.

    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 preparing the new DWCP for Montenegro.

    Sessions were held on:

    • 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:

    • ILO constituents in Montenegro updated their M&E skills;
    • 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 to complete the DWCP including monitoring mechanisms.

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

    • “Clear steps in designing the programme.”
    • “Excellent high quality trainer/facilitator.”
    • “A relaxed approach which boosts creativity and new ideas.”
    • “Team work was great.” – “Participants were all equally involved.”
    • “Thanks for the excellent lectures and interpreting.”
    • “Good relationship between the teacher and the participants.”
    • “Keep sending over Maria and Phil!”

    Photo gallery

    To view all of the photos form this training please see the Flickr gallery.

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

    Below: Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro closing the Clinic with a short speech of thanks and the presentation of Certificates with Maria Borsos, Programme Officer, ILO.

    Below: Markus Pilgrim, Head of ILO, Budapest, giving a vote of thanks at the end of the Clinic. Participants complete the evaluation.



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  • Evaluation of transformational girls’ education project kicks off with large scale data collection

    15 February 2018
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    CIDT consultants Mary and Rufsana

    In our role as External Evaluator to the five-year Camfed Girls’ Education Challenge – Transition (GEC-T) project, the CIDT team have completed a data collection phase with over 48,000 students, as well as their primary carers and other stakeholders.

    The Camfed Girls’ Education Challenge – Transition (GEC-T) project is being implemented in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia. The project takes a gender transformative approach, directly and indirectly challenging gendered social norms and discrimination enabling a critical mass of marginalised girls to transition to, progress through and succeed at secondary school. Moreover it will create a bridge for girls to transition from school to future employment.

    CIDT is contracted to design and manage the large-scale qualitative and quantitative (mixed method) baseline, midline and end-line evaluations in each project country. We have completed the baseline data collection, which includes school-based surveys with students, teachers and headteachers, as well as a separate household survey, which targets the heads of household and primary care givers of identified marginalised girls. The total student sample size is 48,160, plus primary carers and other stakeholders. Qualitative interviews and focus group discussion were also held in each country, with project stakeholders and beneficiaries, including secondary school girls and boys, school-based stakeholders, community groups, traditional leaders, school-based committees and young women involved in the project.

    The project has the potential for great impact. Whilst the contexts differ in the three countries, the critical challenges that girls face, such as gender discrimination, poverty and location, are similar and often result in multifaceted barriers to girls’ access to and achievement in education. In rural areas gender roles are well defined and women are expected to perform unpaid domestic labour rather than work for an income, which limits their independence. Girls are more likely to be impoverished, denied education, malnourished, used as unpaid domestic labour and in danger of physical violence. Girls are particularly vulnerable during transitions from one stage of education to the next and from school into adulthood.

    Following this successful data collection phase, CIDT consultants (pictured above) Mary Surridge (Project Director/Principal Investigator) and Rufsana Begum (Project Manager/Lead Investigator) are currently in the process of analysing the data and writing up a baseline report.

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  • CIDT support the work of the NDC Partnership in Uganda and Washington

    6 February 2018
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    NDC team retreat

    The Nationally Determined Contributions Partnership (NDC) Partnership Support Unit held their team retreat from 8-12 January 2018 in Washington DC, and this event was facilitated by CIDT. Ella Haruna went on to provide further facilitation support to the NDC Partnership’s Country Planning workshop in Uganda from 31 January-1 February 2018. The workshop attendance demonstrated the great interest in the work of the partnership, with 100+ stakeholders participating.

    The NDC 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 as effectively as possible.

    Support Unit Team Retreat

    The retreat was facilitated for 26 staff of the NDCP support unit, including Directors, Heads, Regional Specialists and staff from the Bonn and Washington offices. The overall aim of the retreat was to strengthen Support Unit capacity to work together as a team to implement the NDC Partnership work programme. The retreat agenda was ambitious, with objectives focused on strategic level, team development and training needs. The Retreat was facilitated by Ella Haruna, with training inputs from Prof Philip Dearden; both of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT).

    Twenty colleagues from the NDCP Country Engagement team successfully completed CIDT’s Results-Based Management online course prior to the retreat. CIDT then delivered an intensive one-day training on Results-Based Management as applied to the NDCP Country Planning Process. This was complemented by a focused training session to consider the key facilitation skill needed by Support Unit staff in the NDCP context. Gender responsiveness is very relevant and important at different levels for the partnership – and a facilitated session focused on gender at the level of the Support Unit team completed the training inputs.

    Country Planning workshop, Achieving Uganda’s Climate and Development Goals

    The NDCP country planning workshop was opened by Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Kitutu K Mary Goretti and Mr Albrecht Conze, German Ambassador. Chaired by the Commissioner Climate Change Mr Chebet Maikut, the workshop hosted 30 representatives of Development Partners and 70 Government of Uganda officials to review Uganda’s NDC commitments and progress to date and the national requests for support from the NCD Partnership. A key function of the workshop was to validate the draft objectives of the partnership plan across four areas: policy and institutional framework; finance for climate change; GHG monitoring and evaluation and strengthened capacity of government, civil society and private sector to integrate climate change actions.

    Photos from the team retreat

    View more photos in the Flickr gallery.

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  • CIDT deliver project and programme planning workshop to ‘Leaders Programme’ in Thailand

    4 January 2018
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    NIMT Leaders Programme

    Philip Dearden, Head of CIDT, was asked to help lead the National Institute for Metrology Thailand (NIMT) ‘Leaders Programme’ course in Bangkok, Thailand. The course took place from 4-8 December 2017.

    The Leadership Programme was designed to provide new or future leaders of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) with the skills, knowledge and tools to help them fully participate in a range of inter country metrology quality control mechanisms and to develop strategic programmes and projects in their own countries.

    As an integral part of the 2017 ‘Leaders Programme’ the 24 participants (from 10 different countries – Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates) firstly successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management course.

    An intensive two-day technical metrology programme of study was followed by three intensive days of project and programme planning work led by Philip Dearden. During the workshop sessions six teams of staff developed a range of strategic projects and programmes for future implementation. Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then the final proposed programmes presented.

    In the feedback on the programme a range of very positive comments were made:

    • The course was really useful – the learning by doing was excellent.”
    • “The course was very practical just what we needed.”
    • “The intensive team work was really good – I learnt a lot from Phil and from my team.”
    • “The step by step course content was great. The handbook was also really useful .”
    • “The on line course was very well structured and the workshop really great.”
    • “This training was very effective and helped us all understand the key steps in Project development.”

    For more information and photos see the NIMT website.

    Photos from the training

    Below: Interactive workshop sessions underway.

    Below: Course participants and tutors all celebrate a sucessful course!

    NIMT Leaders Programme

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  • Danger. Catastrophic bleeding. Response. Alert. Breathing…what comes next?!

    3 January 2018
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    Hostile Environment Awareness Training

    CIDT staff members have been put through their paces revising security management frameworks, personal safety and first aid. Clarity Security Training delivered a three-day training course running from 18-20 December on Hostile Environment Awareness Training.

    Clarity devised a personalised training plan that exposed staff to some of the gravest risks that they may encounter in the field. This covered car-jacking, mugging, workplace injuries, and road traffic collisions, to name but a few.

    Training culminated in practicing techniques and procedures in simulated incidents made realistic by actors who played casualties, bandits and project partners.

    “Having never experienced some of the security issues in real life, it was great to be put under the pressure of some of the simulations and knowing that at the crucial moments the training kicked in and I was able to draw on some of the new techniques that I have learnt”, said Dani, Research Assistant and frequent traveller.

    “From carjacking to conducting first aid, the three day intense training provided me with both the knowledge and practical skills to feel confident now and be less vulnerable, when facing risky situations, not just in the developing world, and when working in fragile contexts.” Rufsana Begum, Lecturer and Development Consultant

    While ‘hostile’ may not necessarily be associated and used to describe some of the places and countries that CIDT work in, risks and crime exist in all corners of the world. Whether further afield or a normal day at the office, being clued up on first aid response, personal safety and security procedures, both individual and organisational, remains pertinent for each day on the job.

    Thanks go to Clarity Security Training and with special mention to our trainers Lucy and Paul who have increased staff confidence when dealing with adverse circumstances.

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  • CIDT facilitates workshop on ‘Strategic Thinking Tools’ with African Union staff

    22 December 2017
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    CIDT delivered a highly interactive workshop on ‘Strategic Thinking Tools’ for participants from across various departments of the African Union, helping the organisation to further embed Results-Based Management (RBM). The workshop took place from 11-15 December 2017

    Like many other inter-governmental organisations and development partners, the African Union has been striving to institutionalise RBM approaches and a Culture of Learning in its various organs. The work of the African Union Commission (AUC) is driven by results that are articulated at various levels: in a 50-year organisational vision, a 10-year plan, and medium-term strategic plans.

    The roll-out of the AUC’s next Mid-Term Plan (2019-2023, with a transition year of 2018) presents an opportunity for the organisation to further strengthen RBM – and Strategic Planning in particular, both in terms of how the new plan is communicated and how it is implemented.

    It is in this context that the AU’s Learning and Development team invited the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) to develop and facilitate a five-day training on ‘Strategic Thinking Tools’ for twenty staff members of the AUC and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR).

    Participants comprised senior and middle management officials with diverse technical backgrounds and were drawn from the Departments of: Trade and Industry, Economic Affairs, Social Affairs, Peace and Security, Strategic Planning, Peace and Security, Political Affairs, and service departments such as Human Resources, Finance and Administration.

    The workshop took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was co-facilitated by CIDT’s Head of Centre, Professor Philip N. Dearden, and Senior Lecturer, Kimberly Kane. The sessions were highly interactive, practical and tailored to the context of the AU. They covered CIDT’s signature ‘Seven Simple Steps’ for designing a Strategic Plan, a Programme or a Project — and much more, including discussions and exercises on: prioritising focus areas/objectives, communication strategies for the Strategic Plan, linkages and alignment between various results frameworks, mechanisms for continuous learning, promoting a results-oriented culture, and addressing implementation challenges.

    The objectives of the workshop were for the participants to:

    1. Recognise the value of Strategic Planning – especially its participatory, inclusive nature – and the importance of continual Strategic Thinking processes.
    2. Understand the concept of Results-Based Management (RBM) and how it relates to Strategic Planning.
    3. Become familiar with a variety of “Strategic Thinking tools” that are applicable to Strategic Planning, Programme/Project Design and RBM in general.
    4. Acquire a strong foundation for developing a full Project, Programme or Strategic Plan to address their current organisational needs.

    One hundred percent (100%) of the surveyed participants either agreed or strongly agreed that all of these objectives were achieved.  All participants would also recommend that a colleague participate in the course.

    They particularly appreciated the training pedagogy and capacity development techniques as well as the professionalism and skills of the facilitators. “They have rich experience that allowed them to be flexible and adapt situations to all,” said one participant. Another added, “They really know the topic and very well aligned it to our level”.

    Participant quotes (from the post-workshop questionnaire):

    • ‘Exceptional dynamics’
    • ‘Adequate, practical and varied exercises’
    • ‘Easy to follow and understand’
    • ‘Hands on techniques/tools that I can apply to my job’
    • ‘Amazing delivery techniques’
    • ‘Very tailored to our context’
    • ‘Had a flow that was to the point’
    • ‘A lot of fun!’

    Photos from the workshop

    View more photos on Flickr.

    Above: The participants were given several real case studies to read, reflect upon and discuss. Some excellent conclusions came from those discussions and can be applied to their work going forward.

    Above: The workshop covered a set of practical and participatory tools that are relevant to both strategic planning and the design and management of programmes or projects. The participants practiced using those tools by developing their own internal Organisational Development projects.

    Above: Participants in one of the three working groups conduct a participatory Risk Analysis for their chosen internal project. This tool helped them determine the assumptions in their Results Framework as well as propose mitigation actions to reduce the likelihood and/or impact of the identified risks.

    Above: The participants had opportunities to apply the techniques and tools that were taught in the workshop. Here, a couple participants are facilitating a break-out session, with support from Philip Dearden (left).

    Above: Kim Kane conducts a debrief in plenary of the group discussions, highlighting key messages and learnings about the consultation process involved in Strategic Planning.

    Strategic Thinking Tools workshop with African Union staff

    Above: The participants cheer upon completion of the course. This diverse group represented various offices and organs of the AU – including those in Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa and South Sudan.

    For more information, contact Phil Dearden (P.N.Dearden@wlv.ac.uk) or Kimberly Kane (K.Kane@wlv.ac.uk).

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  • CIDT helps deliver the 2017 ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ course at BIPM in Paris

    11 December 2017
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    BIPM Leaders for Tomorrow

    Above: Course participants and tutors 


    In November 2017, Philip Dearden helped to facilitate the second international ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ course at the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM) in Paris, France. As an integral part of the Leaders for Tomorrow course, the ‘Sound Beginning in CIPM MRA’ programme welcomed 24 participants from 20 different countries.

    The BIPM is the intergovernmental organisation through which countries act together on matters related to measurement science and measurement standards. Courses such as this help countries with emerging metrology systems to overcome the challenges faced when integrating into the system of international standards of measurement.

    Prior to the course, participants successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management course. A face-to-face technical programme of study was followed by five intensive days of strategic and programme planning work led by Philip Dearden. During the workshop sessions, five teams of staff developed a range of strategic programmes for future implementation. Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then the final proposed programmes presented.

    In the feedback on the programme a range of very positive comments were made:

    • All components of this course were useful. However the aspect of learning by doing was excellent.”
    • “The course is hands on and participants are asked to carry the task in order to understand.”
    • “Group work strategy was the best and must be maintained.”
    • “The course content was great and the professional trainers worked with us very well as real team members.”
    • “The course was very well structured and every aspect was important.”
    • “This training was very effective and helped us understand how to develop a good project and then implement it effectively.”

    The mission of the BIPM 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. The unique role of the BIPM enables it to achieve its mission by developing the technical and organizational infrastructure of the International System of Units (SI) as the basis for the worldwide traceability of measurement results. This is achieved both through technical activities in its laboratories and through international coordination.

    Find out more about this programme at the BIPM website.

    Photos from the interactive sessions

    Course participants and tutors celebrate a sucessful course

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  • CIDT launch training in Grenada and Barbados for the Caribbean Development Bank

    28 November 2017
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    CIDT teams are training Government officials in two Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); Grenada and Barbados. In each country CIDT are delivering a suite of Project Cycle Management training modules to an audience of cross-Ministry staff engaged in design, implementation or reporting of projects. Training is to be rolled out to a further 17 countries in 2018.

    The Caribbean Development Bank is driving a wide transformation agenda to catalyse the change needed if the Region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation deficit, the Bank is executing a Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Training programme, to which CIDT are contracted as the PCM training consultants.

    In November to December 2017 CIDT staff will deliver 21 days of training in Grenada and Barbados, including modules in risk management, monitoring and evaluation, project implementation, managing technical assistance, project appraisal and train the trainer. In Barbados Des Mahony led the training team, working with CIDT regional associates Joy Mapp Jobbity and Susan Branker Green. In Grenada, Patt Flett launched the programme with Claudia Nicholson, Karen Persad, and Nana Hesse-Bayne. Ella Haruna supported training delivery in both countries.

    Participant feedback was very positive on the training:

    • “It was well executed”
    • “The course was great” 
    • “No improvements needed – it was excellent!”

    The key outcomes of the 2015-18 PPAM and PCM Training Programme are improved PPAM and PCM practices at individual/institutional levels, in BMCs and within the Bank; and a more robust CDB pipeline of investment and Technical Assistance projects. In addition to the large training programme in 19 BMCs, CIDT will support other components: support to 5 programme regional workshops, and a number of call-down days to support ‘stuck’ projects or provide additional bespoke training.

    Please contact Ella Haruna (contract manager) or David Meechan (project coordinator) for further information.

    Media Coverage of the PPAM and PCM Training Programme in Grenada and Barbados

    CIDT were initially contracted in 2012 to conduct the Training Needs Assessment that fed into to the Bank’s design of the project. In 2016 CIDT were invited by programme coordinator Mr Reginald Graham to provide Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance for the start-up phase of the Caribbean Development Bank’s new capacity development programme. The assignment included assisting the Bank to establish a country-led M&E system in the six phase one countries including Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago. Find out more in the following news articles:

    CIDT have provided Capacity Development Support for a series of workshops on Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) Network’s Cooperating Institutions for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). See the following news articles:


    Photos from the workshop

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  • CIDT addresses lack of regulation in the timber market at Forest Partnership Meeting

    24 November 2017
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    Richard Nyirenda presents at CBFP

    CIDT through the EU-funded Citizen Voices for Change project participated in the Congo Basin Forest Partnership 17th Meeting of the Parties from 24–27 October in Douala, Cameroon. CIDT was represented by forest governance and monitoring experts Dr Aurelian Mbzibain and Richard Nyirenda.

    Aurelian Mbzibain and Richard Nyirenda prepared a background paper on ‘How to address the lack of adequate regulation of the fast growing national and regional timber’. This was delivered in the ‘Forest Governance/Policy and Land Use’ stream of the meeting.

    A presentation of the paper was made at the conference including another presentation looking at the challenges and issues for monitoring legality within domestic and regional timber markets in the Congo basin. More than 60 participants took attended the stream on Forest Governance, Policy and Land use stream.

    CIDT’s contribution on this stream was critical in influencing some of the recommendations of the work stream. The relevant recommendations are;

    • Recommendation 1: Develop a practical guide entitled “Technological decision-making tools for the Congo Basin” to guide users and practitioners based on the kind of information they search for. This practical guide will be unveiled at the next MOP and distributed to participants.
    • Recommendation 4: Conduct, under the auspices of the COMIFAC General Secretariat, a feasibility study on the possibilities for the Congo Basin forest nations to adopt a tax incentive aimed at gradually formalizing the domestic wood industries. The findings of the study will be considered during a technical validation session that will take place during the next MOP.

    CIDT will be involved in the implementation of Recommendation 1 through some of the applications and platforms that are being developed with partners through the CV4C project, namely FLEGT Watch, the Open Timber Portal (WRI), and OBSTER (CED).

    The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is a non-profit initiative to promote the conservation and responsible management of the Congo Basin’s tropical forests. The main objective of this partnership is to improve the management of natural resources and increase the standard of living in the Congo Basin. The CBFP now brings together 70 partners from governments, donors, international organisations, NGOs, scientific institutions and the private sector. Find out more about the CBFP Meeting of the Parties.


    Below: The CV4C team give out information at the project stand.

    CV4C team at the CBFP meeting CV4C team at the CBFP meeting

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  • Innovative conference unites organisations against illegal logging and trade

    22 November 2017
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    CIDT, collaborating with the Interpol Regional office for Central Africa, delivered a 3-day workshop (14-16 November 2017) on law enforcement and illegal logging in the Congo Basin in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

    The conference forms part of the EU funded project Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C) which aims to strengthen the contribution of civil society, indigenous peoples and community organisations to improve forest governance and sustainable forest management.

    This conference, the first of its kind, brought together law enforcement authorities and non-state actors in the Congo Basin.

    The main objectives of the workshops were to to explore how their different roles can serve to support each other, explore mechanisms for exchanging and sharing information and build mutual trust for collaboration to achieve their respective remits to improve forest governance and fight against illegal logging and trade.

    An impactful agenda

    Items on the agenda included:

    • Update on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs)
    • The State of law enforcement, forest trade and forest crimes in the Congo Basin – an introduction to the law enforcement agencies in the region
    • Civil society led forest monitoring in the Congo Basin, contributions to law enforcement – forest monitoring tools and methodologies
    • Transparency and corruption in natural resources sectors in the Congo Basin – lessons learned from other illegal industries and activities concerning wildlife, fauna, drugs and human trafficking
    • Looking beyond forest concessions
    • Forest Control inspection and enforcement- who does what and how.
    • Facilitated Session on Establishment of a forest law enforcement working group in the Congo Basin
    • Bilateral meetings between law enforcement and civil society – Concrete plans for collaboration

    Following two full days of presenting different methodologies, tools, collaborative partnerships and challenges with respect to the above agenda items, state and non-state actors came together to discuss and develop country-specific action plans addressing how they will work collaboratively to improve the response of law enforcement in the illegal timber industry.

    The discussion period allowed for actors, who have never had the opportunity to sit before each other, to understand the challenges and constraints that shape one another’s capacity to achieve their organisational and industry aims.

    The cross-sectoral discussions produced country and context specific action plans focussing on the integration of lessons learned from the conference and their day to day work.

    Irrespective of these diverse country contexts, the actors representing the five countries* involved in CV4C have identified next-step actions that resonate across the region.

    Commitment to action

    Below are some of the proposed actions to be taken.

    • Revision of the National Strategy for Forest and Wildlife Control (CAM)
    • Create a multi-actor national databases on environmental crime and mechanism for maintenance including Independent Observer reports (CAM, CAR, DRC, GAB, RDC)
    • Create an Independent Observer network at national level with mechanisms of sharing information (DRC)
    • Strengthen the capacity of CSOs and justice at the provincial and local levels in the monitoring of forest activities (DRC)
    • Broaden the number of actors in collaboration and partnership opportunities with the public authorities and law enforcement agencies including Interpol (CAM, GAB, RDC)

    *The conference brought together participants hailing from the five project countries that form CV4C: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, there were participants from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Belgium, USA, and France.

    Download presentations

    For further details and information about the sessions and to download the PowerPoint presentations please see the conference web page.

    Photos from the event

    Conference family photo

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