• CIDT delivers a Proposal Development and Resource Mobilisation workshop for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in South Korea

    28 March 2018
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    Proposal Development and Resource Mobilisation workshop for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in South Korea

    The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGI sought a service provider to help design and deliver a training program to build staff capacity in results-based management (RBM).

    The training was intended to strengthen staff capacity to produce higher quality proposals as part of the Institute’s efforts to increase earmarked and core funding. CIDT was successful in the competitive tendering process and in late February Ella Haruna conducted a short visit to Seoul to assess GGGI training needs, representing the first phase of work.

    In March 2018, Ella Haruna and Philip Dearden led an intensive four-day Proposal Development and Resource Mobilisation workshop programme based on a bespoke programme developed for GGGI. The 33 participants, (representing 21 GGGI Country Programmes – Cambodia, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines Peru, Rwanda, Senegal Thailand, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam) were joined by selected senior staff based in GGGI headquarters in South Korea.

    Many of the participants successfully completed CIDT’s Results Based Management online course before joining the programme.

    During the workshop sessions five teams of staff developed a range of strategic GGGI projects and programmes for future funding and implementation. Ideas were shared, developed, critiqued and then the final proposed programmes pitched and presented.

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

    • “Great materials and well presented”
    • “The module was quite exciting”
    • “Excellent”
    • “Dynamic training – well-structured course”

    Photos from the training

    Below: The workshop being open by the GGGI Director General Frank Rijsberman and James Sheppard

    Below: Inter active workshop sessions underway

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  • New FLEGT Watch application to provide a satellite-based forest warning system in Central/West Africa

    26 March 2018
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    CIDT, through its CV4C project, is joining forces with Visioterra and Tropenbos to develop an innovative tool to be used in several countries of Central and West Africa to monitor illegal logging and other forms of forest cover change. However, cloud cover is a major obstacle for optical instruments limiting real-time monitoring of tropical forested regions, including many parts in Central and West Africa. Consequently, there are information blind spots for users, including decision makers, which creates opportunities for illegal logging hotspots to arise and persist.

    The system named “FLEGT Watch” will overcome the problem of cloud cover through the use of radar based satellite images enabling users to detect changes using the latest satellite maps and information on land use, forest cover, fires, and hydrology. FLEGT Watch, using synthetic-aperture radar will disseminate visual and geo-referenced alerts that can be received on tablets and smartphones, enabling forest watch communities to enhance their performance.

    FLEGT watch

    FLEGT Watch in a nutshell:

    • Systematically analyze data from Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites
    • calculate bio-geophysical indices related to the forest (biomass, leaves, vegetation, humidity …),
    • automatically detect the changes of values ​​of these parameters in the satellite image just acquired,
    • send notifications of change (s) or alarms to observers in their areas of interest,
    • embed satellite data, maps and images in a field application and / or on smartphones,
    • allow to find evidence (photos, measurements, comments …) in-situ and to share them in the network of observers and beyond,
    • provide dashboards of observed changes and their monitoring by observers,
    • publish reports on all observations or a particular observation,

    Next Steps…

    A first version of FLEGT Watch will be delivered in May 2018. The final version will be delivered in October 2018. Training will be provided to independent observers from the 8 Central and West African countries.


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  • CIDT delivers Improving Forest Governance course in Papua New Guinea

    26 March 2018
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    IFG course in Papa New Guinea

    CIDT staff Sarah Thomas and Richard Nyirenda have recently returned from Papua New Guinea where they were delivering a two week training course on ‘Improving Forest Governance’ as part of the EU/Birdlife International project Strengthening Non State Actor Involvement in Forest Governance in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

    The Papua New Guinea course was designed for staff and key local stakeholders of the national partner organisation ‘Tenkile Conservation Alliance’ (TCA) and was held at their remote base in Lumi, in the Torricelli Mountain range. TCA is doing groundbreaking work, combining conservation with community development, to protect the region’s rainforest and biodiversity, including critically endangered species such as the Tenkile and Weimang tree kangaroos.

    The first week of the course, attended by 40 TCA staff and local and provincial government representatives, explored key governance concepts and challenges including strategies for ensuring greater involvement of civil society and communities in forest sector policy decisions. Topics covered included forest governance assessment, corruption, climate change and REDD+. Course participants also discussed the importance of effective multi-stakeholder processes at all decision-making levels, and reflected on ways to improve the representation of forest dependent communities, including through enhanced advocacy, influencing and networking.

    The second week of the course was a Training of Trainers delivered to 25 TCA staff, including community outreach and research officers, supporting them in the design and delivery of tailored training inputs for other groups. Staff worked on the design of courses on climate change, water, sanitation and health, and good governance, adapting materials and methodology to target community audiences.

    Photos from the course

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  • Project partners meet to share lessons from 2017 and plan the coming year

    13 March 2018
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    CV4C project planning meeting in Bangui

    CIDT facilitated a four day project planning meeting for the coordination of the EU-funded project ‘Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C)‘. The meeting took place from 26 February – 1 March 2018 in Bangui, Central African Republic, hosted by ‘Centre pour l’Information Environmentalle et le Developpement Durable’ (CIEDD).

    The meeting was split into sessions programmed to address instrumental aspects of the project and to allow for partners to be reflective, and amongst critical friends deliberate methodology and strategies.

    This participatory, reflective and instructive design of the workshops enabled project partners to incorporate lessons learned into their 2018 project action plans.

    On the first day the floor was given to each of the partners to present their 2017 project accomplishments, covering targets and activities achieved, challenges, limitations, and lessons learned.

    The aim of the following two days was to review current methodologies, strategies and tools adopted by partners regarding organisational development and Independent Forest Monitoring.

    The final day culminated in the presentations of action plans and budgets newly informed by the extensive discussions and lessons learned from the previous three days.

    The nature of this deliberative meeting is a prime example of knowledge sharing and experience exchange that the CV4C project promotes. Project partners are sector-leading organisations in their respective countries; they champion project working values to instigate organisational adoption from peer organisations, making for a more efficient and effective network of non-state actors contributing to an overarching sector goal.

    The meeting brought together project coordinators and technical members from each project partner in the five project countries: FLAG, FODER, CED (Cameroon); OGF (DRC); Brainforest (Gabon); CAGDF (RoC); and WRI (USA). Find out more about the CV4C partners.

    This annual meeting marks the beginning of year 2 of the four year project that aims to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors (NSA), such as civil society (CS), Indigenous Peoples (IP) and community organisations, to improving forest governance, sustainable forest management and the contribution of forests to development in five Congo Basin countries.

    Photos from the workshops

    CV4C project planning meeting in Bangui

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  • Alan Cavalier – Memories of a wonderful teacher

    7 March 2018
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    A year has passed since we said good bye to Alan on a cold winter’s day back in February 2017.

    Alan was one of the ‘founding  fathers’ of CIDT and many of us will have very happy memories of spending time with him. Alan pioneered CIDT’s early work in many countries across the globe including Cameroon. Find out more about CIDT’s history.

    It was a sad day when many of us attended a service to celebrate Alan’s life in the beautiful and uplifting Much Wenlock church. Many of us were full of sadness. The music played was just Alan (and made many of us chuckle!). His personal choice – Monty Python’s “Always look on the Bright Side of Life!”

    The tributes paid were simply wonderful and a real celebration of his life. Stephen (his son) told us of his lovely, kind and gentle dad – sadly missed. His loving daughter Jill told us how Alan was so incredibly positive and brave in his last few difficult weeks.

    We heard from friends:

    • “Alan was a really brilliant teacher, a real educator.”
    • “Alan fully respected differences and cultures.”
    • “Alan was always positive and respectful.”
    • “Alan had a deep understanding of others and this was reflected in his gentle and kindly wisdom.”
    • “Alan was a real gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

    At the end of the service his son Stephen addressed us with these words, “It was rather ironic that Alan died in the very same hour that Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the USA.” As reported by Stephen with some of his father’s mischievous glee in his voice, “As Alan would have said, I will let you draw your own conclusions…!”

    For those that know and fondly remember Alan we have collected a few photos of him with staff and students in some of the many countries where he worked. If you recognise yourself in any of these photos please sign up to the CIDT alumni pages.

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  • Highlighting results and lessons from three years of education sector support in Zambia

    25 February 2018
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    ZESSTA document covers

    We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the DFID Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance facility (ZESSTA) (2014-2018). CIDT have provided over 550 staff and associate days of technical assistance from Lilla Oliver, Patt Flett, Andrew Snowden and Rob Smith in the areas of Curriculum Reform, Human Resources Management and Research, Evaluation and Impact.

    Results papers

    ZESSTA Results Papers document coverThe Results Papers document offers some key information on how a demand-driven Support Technical Assistance project can focus on areas of key government need to push forward on key constraints in the topics of: Planning, Technical Assistance, strengthening M&E for accountability in an education ministry,  bringing in a new approach to school leadership, developing a new assessment policy and implementing it and the introduction of teaching practice standards.

    The document features all six results paper produced:

    • Implementation of the revised curriculum;
    • Using technical assistance to get things done in a busy organisation;
    • Towards a learning and accountable ministry: Strengthening M&E capacity in the Ministry of General Education;
    • Zambia adopts a new approach to strengthening school leadership;
    • Improving learning for all: Developing assessment policy and changing practice;
    • Developing teacher performance through national professional standards.

    Lesson learning

    ZESSTA Lesson Learning document coverThe Lesson Learning paper highlights several important achievements and lessons from the facility including:

    • the introduction of teaching standards;
    • the support a TA Facility can provide and conditions for it;
    • the significance of how and where decisions are made in conjunction with the TA facility;
    • the nature of human and financial resourcing;
    • the time required for adopting new approaches.

    Lastly there are lessons about how to develop a legacy for the project so that the results are embedded.

    ZESSTA Podcast

    To bring ZESSTA to life in the words of key project partners, you can listen to the podcast outlining the context, journey and achievements of ZESSTA.

    We wish all project participants and partners well in their future endeavours as this key support to Zambia budget support ends.

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  • 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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  • Report published covering highlights of illegal logging and trade conference

    5 January 2018
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    Interpol conference

    A summary report has been published giving an overview of the points raised and discussed at the regional conference on law enforcement and illegal logging in the Congo Basin. The event was held from 14-16 November 2017  at the Interpol Regional Office for Central Africa, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

    The aim of the conference was to initiate the dialogue between law enforcement authorities and civil society and provide an open space for discussion and exploration to address the shortfalls in the FLEGT and REDD+ processes for the different actors and going forwards, how the state and non-state actors can build mutual collaboration and trust to achieve rigorous and effective systems.

    The report gives a sort overview of each session along with feedback form participants on how the aims of the conference were met. It concludes that the conference has set the ball rolling to further explore these issues that are central to effective and successful FLEGT implementation.

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