• 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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  • Action planning workshops bring 8 project partners together

    26 May 2017
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    CV4C action planning workshops

    Representatives from all 8 partner organisations of the Citizen Voices for Change: Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin project came together for the first time for the CV4C Project Launch and Action-planning workshop, held in Kinshasa from 24th-28th April.

    The five-day workshop marked the end of an intensive four month project inception period during which a series of needs assessments were undertaken in each of the 5 project countries. These included an organisational needs assessment, gender audit and forest monitoring capacity assessment with partners, and an institutional needs assessment with national civil society  platforms.

    Days 1 and 2 of the workshop provided an opportunity for partners to review and discuss the outcomes of the needs assessment process as well as preliminary findings from the baseline study. Country teams then worked together to formulate their Year 1 action plans, responding to the institutional and technical needs identified, as well as the key governance challenges in the forest sector in their respective countries.  All action plans were presented and discussed, allowing partners to explore ideas for cross-border and regional collaboration and for organisational peer support.

    Following the official project launch ceremony on Day 3, attention turned to internal management and coordination systems.  The structure of each partner organisation’s project team was presented and mechanisms for communication at organisational level, and across the consortium were discussed. Financial management and accounting procedures were also reviewed in a session led by the finance managers of project partners FODER and FLAG, and the composition and Terms of Reference of the Project Steering Committee were established. Finally partners had an opportunity to input to the draft project communication strategy and to share innovative ideas about how to promote awareness of the project and to influence change, both nationally and across the region.

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    A few photos from the workshops are shown below. You can view the full photo album online at Flickr.

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  • CIDT co-organises international conference on Independent Forest Monitoring in West and Central Africa

    17 May 2017
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    Ghana IFM Conference

    An international conference on Independent Forest Monitoring has been held in Accra-Ghana jointly organised by Civic Response Ghana and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), University of Wolverhampton.

    This was a collaborative effort between the Civic Response led Independent forest monitoring project financed by the FAO FLEGT Programme and the Congo Basin Forest Monitoring project (CV4C) implemented by the Centre for International Development and Training of the University of Wolverhampton with European Union funding.

    The two-day conference took place from 10-11 May 2017 and was attended by over 70 participants from Cameroon, Cote D’ivoire, Liberia, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Indonesia and Turkey. They key aim was to share lessons and chart the way forward for civil society led independent forest monitoring.

    Ghana IFM Conference

    Opening the international conference, the Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio stressed the importance of independent forest monitoring as a tool for improving transparency, accountability and the fight against illegality in the forest sector, “We intend for IFM to be used as a tool that provides us with adequate feedback to continually improve forest management practice and the systems.”

    Over the two days, CIDT technical staff, Dr Aurelian Mbzibain and Richard Nyirenda and CV4C partners from the Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) from Democratic Republic of Congo and Field Legality Assurance Group (FLAG), and Forêts et Développement Rural (FODER) from Cameroon made presentations focused on international forest policies, the impact of IFM on policy and practice of forestry in the Congo Basin as well as lessons learnt in mandated and non mandated forest monitoring in the Congo Basin. You can download these presentations at the LoggingOff website. It is expected that lessons learnt and experiences acquired by CV4C project partners will go a long way to inform effective implementation of the project in the next coming years.

    Photo Gallery

    For the full photo gallery from the event please see the album on Flickr.

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  • New MBA links international development with key business skills for enhanced global impact

    16 May 2017
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    CIDT course

    Rachel Roland“The CIDT team is excited to announce our new MBA (International Development). Our aim is to deliver a tailored MBA programme suited for both professionals and students working, or aspiring to work in, developing and emerging economies. This course will ensure that students develop cutting edge business and management skills, as well as gain a crucial understanding of the dynamic and complex landscape within which both global business and international development assistance operate and intersect.”
    Rachel Roland, Course Leader, Deputy Head of CIDT


    The University of Wolverhampton Business School and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) have launched a new Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme in International Development, commencing in September 2017.

    This course aims to produce professionals with combined skills in business management and international development.

    Two new international development modules

    This degree is the first of its kind in the UK and, through the creation of two bespoke modules based on CIDT’s four decades of global capacity strengthening, consultancy and research, will engage students with core and topical issues in the landscape of international development and equip them with key skills to design and manage successful projects, development organisations and businesses within a developing country context.

    Canford ChiroroDr Canford Chiroro is Module Leader for ‘Sustainable Development in Practice’,
    “The module places students within the international development landscape, and through a critical review of key and emerging issues, challenges t business professionals, to use a new lens with which to understand the impact of business on global and local development, and the international development professional on how critical issues are linked, and could be addressed more effectually through better and just engagement with, the private sector.”

    Lilla OliverLilla Oliver is Module Leader for ‘Project/Programme Management for International Development’,
    “CIDT has been managing projects and programmes around the world for over 40 years. We have been able to condense this vast knowledge and experience into this module, which also gives students the opportunity to learn from, and even work on, real-life and ongoing projects.”


    Four modules in Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Managing Financial Performance and Leadership and Human Resource Practice in Organisations, and a research project complete the course.

    In this course students are exposed to how the global development system functions at the strategic level, with a key focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will therefore be capable of making an impact at a strategic level, contributing to the realisation of global and national development targets.

    Through the use of real-life case studies and through role play and interaction with visiting speakers, the course assesses various facets of the business environment and offers students opportunities to gain deep understanding of the global and local consequences of business behaviours and the way international development is carried out..

    Significant career potential for graduates

    Graduates from this course will be confident to lead in business or international development, and help address pressing global challenges like poverty, inequality and other challenges.
    Our graduates will find opportunities as leaders in a number of sectors, including in private and public sector institutions as development consultants, project managers, board directors, academics and Non Governmental Organisational staff.v

    Find out more and apply

    The MBA (International Development) is now considering applications for full-time students for the September 2017 intake. Part time options are available from January 2018. To find out more about entry requirements and the application process, or perhaps ask questions about this exciting course, please visit the MBA (International Development) web page.

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  • CIDT is recruiting for a Research Assistant and Lecturers in International Development

    11 May 2017
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    CV4C meetings

    CIDT is currently seeking three new people to join our team in the following roles:

    Research Assistant

    CIDT wishes to recruit an enthusiastic, people-centred international development professional to join our dynamic, multidisciplinary team. To be considered for this post you will have experience of international development work and be prepared to work both in UK and overseas. You will be qualified to Masters level in one of CIDT’s four thematic areas and will have a range of experience to offer and build upon. You will have strong flexible teamwork skills and be happy to work in a variety of roles in multidisciplinary teams. You will have an entrepreneurial outlook to your work. In this post you will be expected to proactively engage in business development and delivery in CIDT service areas in order to actively contribute to the Centre’s self-funding business model. You will be prepared to work flexibly across  the Centre’s thematic areas. Working to professional standards in French as well as English is desirable. We are looking for someone who is willing to be based in Shropshire and able to work out of our Telford office. The post will provide you with a wide range of opportunities for your own professional development and capacity building. You will be able to assist and work alongside experienced staff as well as begin to build your own portfolio of work.

    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International Development (2 posts)

    CIDT  wishes to recruit an enthusiastic, people-centred international development professional to join our dynamic, multidisciplinary team. To be considered for this post you will have experience of international development work and be prepared to work both in UK and overseas. You will be qualified to Masters level in one of CIDT’s four thematic areas with a proven track record in your field. You will have experience in winning work through bidding or entrepreneurial approaches and have strong flexible team working skills. In this post you will be expected to proactively engage in business development and delivery in CIDT service areas in order to actively contribute to the Centre’s self-funding business model. You will be prepared to work flexibly across two or more of the Centre’s four thematic areas. It will be a strong advantage if you can work to professional standards in French as well as English. It will be an advantage if you have quantitative social research skills and university level teaching experience. We are looking for someone who is willing to be based in Shropshire and able to work out of the Telford office.

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  • Minister launches new CIDT project in Congo

    9 May 2017
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    The Citizen Voices for Change project was officially launched in Kinshasa on 26 April by H.E Atis Kabongo Kalonji, the Minster of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Attended by representatives of the European Union, Civil Society, CIDT and partner organisations from all five project countries, as well as several media channels and approximately 100 guests, the launch featured a range of speeches and a full introduction to the project. It was followed by a press conference for local and regional media.

    The Minister (above) thanked technical and financial partners of the project, and emphasised the alignment of the project objectives with the national vision for 2030 espoused by President Joseph Kabila KABANGE. He stressed that Independent Monitoring must support the VPA process in DRC by showing the traceability of timber.

    The opening speech was made by the hosting project partner, Mr Essylot Lubala (above) from the Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF). He stressed the importance of forging a capable forest monitoring system and its potential to become an effective tool to evaluate and strengthen compliance in the forest sector.

    Mr Joseph Bobia Bonkaw (above) then addressed the launch as the formal representative of civil society in DRC. He spoke about the timely nature of this project in the region, as well as the potential impact on indigenous peoples that depend on the forest.

    The Director of the Project, Ella Haruna (above) of CIDT, next thanked the European Union for their commitment to driving results in the forest governance sphere at national, regional and global levels; and their significant financial support to make this partnership and project a reality. She continued:

    “The CV4C project approach balances the response to particular national governance challenges, with the facilitation of maximum opportunities for regional lesson learning and collaboration. Joint capacity strengthening is a key feature of this Action, serving to build local ownership and long term sustainable impacts.”

    The European Union was represented by the Head of Sector for Environment, Agriculture and Health Mr Arnold Jacques de Dixmude (above). He spoke about the EU’s motivations in investing in the project, placing it in the context of wider forest governance initiatives, such as FLEGT.

    The CIDT Project Manager Dr Aurelian Mbzibain (above) then took the floor to present the project context, its objectives and formally introduce the partners. You can view his PowerPoint presentation.

    The launch concluded with the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of Congo and a press conference with a panel comprised of project partners, including FLAG, CED and WRI.

    Key links

    TV Broadcast

    The project launch event was attended by a variety of mainstream and environmental media. The following broadcast appeared on Channel B One.

    Photo gallery

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  • Feasibility studies demonstrate potential for low carbon, climate resilient growth in East Africa

    8 May 2017
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    Tea landscape

    CIDT has completed a substantial and important six-month contract to produce seven studies underpinning a $50m proposal by an African Government to an international finance organisation. The studies interconnect across three themes: sustainable forest management, landscape, and watershed management; climate resilient production of tea and coffee; and affordable, low carbon settlements and industries as growth hubs. CIDT led a team of fifty people in the feasibility studies.

    The reports highlight that it is feasible to invest in developing five interlinked Low Carbon Climate Resilient (LCCR) value chains: tea, coffee, timber and forest products, agro-fired bricks, improved cook-stoves, charcoal, and house construction.

    The studies found it feasible to: increase the resilience of tea and coffee production, land management and settlements to climate change; increase the range and supply of sustainable timber, fuel wood and non-timber forest products from improved management of forest resources and improve watershed management through soil stabilisation and agroforestry. It is also expected that the project will be able to create new woodlots along with improved energy efficiencies for tea processing at a tea factory.

    Developed together in an integrated manner, for a particular geographical location, the developed value chains are expected to reduce dependency on imported construction materials with high levels of embodied carbon, increase forestry and agroforestry revenues, improve household energy efficiency and increase availability of and access to affordable, low carbon housing.

    Additionally, it will be feasible to improve access to and capacity to use climate information and analysis by policy makers in decision-making and to promote an enabling environment for businesses and investors.

    The Government is using these results to support a $50m proposal that demonstrates a model of accelerated growth and development based on the principles of low carbon, climate resilient (LCCR) growth and has been designed to strengthen the foundational capacities required for the ongoing replication of adaptation and mitigation strategies country-wide aligned to national green growth strategy.

    The seven feasibility studies were carried out with sub-contractors Paul Watkiss Associates, Light Earth Designs, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Songa Silvin, Venuste Ntaganda and MDY Legal. The studies were:

    1. Low carbon climate resilient settlements for rural (internally displaced people) and peri-urban settings
    2. Climate Resilience of Tea and coffee
    3. Sustainable Forest Management and Watershed Protection
    4. Economic and Financial Models
    5. Gender Study
    6. Environment and Social Impact Study
    7. Legal Study

    CIDT Deputy Head of Centre and Project Manager Rachel Roland commented on the potential impact of these studies, “Building a funding proposal on the findings of these illuminating feasibility studies will give the Government a great opportunity to build on their world-leading work in climate compatible development. We’ve been glad to be able to contribute at this stage of the process.”

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  • Rebalancing Zambia’s teaching workforce

    3 May 2017
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    ZESSTA logo

    A new workstream has been implemented in the CIDT supported Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance (ZESSTA) Facility to improve human resources issues, such as teacher shortages, performance management and professional teaching standards.

    The ‘Strengthening Human Resource Management’ stream of the ZESSTA Facility is designed to help rebalance Zambia’s teaching workforce, given current shortages in rural and remote areas and an overprovision of teachers in some urban schools. In addition, the initiatives being implemented will combat high levels of absence, poor behaviour and low motivation among teachers.

    To achieve its key objective of improving performance management of teachers in schools, the team is working with a number of directorates in the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) to develop sets of national professional standards for teachers, teacher educators and headteachers.

    These standards set out what is expected of these three groups and will support appointment and promotion processes, appraisal and staff development and the licensing and relicensing of teachers.

    The team has worked closely with the MoGE Institutional Leadership and Management team to develop standards which will clarify the expectations of headteachers and help those headteachers performance manage their teaching teams.

    Supported by the Director of Human Resources and Administration in the MoGE, ZESSTA is implementing pilot districts to audit the actual deployment of teachers in order to correct their pay and understand where under- and over-staffing exists.

    CIDT’s Lilla Oliver, Core Adviser Curriculum (CA-C) at the ZESSTA Facility, commented on the potential impact of this work, “We’re excited about the impact that this initiative will have in Zambia, not only on teachers, but on the whole education system. If the country’s 90,000 teachers are better supported, this could have a significant positive effect on pupil learning and attainment.”

    Find out more about our work in Zambia at the ZESSTA project page.

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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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