Our Training Approach

Where training is identified as the optimum route to develop capacity, CIDT implements a specific process. Training is rarely off-the-shelf, but is tailored and developed to meet the identified needs of a specific group of participants. The information gathered from the needs analysis process is used to set the learning outcomes, guide training design and establish criteria for choice of a facilitator.

CIDT favours an experiential approach to training which is consistent with best practice for adult learning. Typically:

  • Participants are facilitated through a process of experience, reflection, conceptualisation and planning.
  • Participants’ own experience is acknowledged and used as a basis for learning.
  • Participants construct their own knowledge and meaning from experience.
  • Content relates to participants’ existing roles, responsibilities and challenges.
  • Participants can immediately begin to put into practice what they have learned.
  • Participants take responsibility for their own learning.

Participants are invited to commit to action-planning post-training and communication networks are established, such as a Community of Practice, to support contact and shared learning following the training.

Cote d’Ivoire FGMC workshop

Photo: Kim Kane