• Helping NHS projects to set a clear path to results and strengthen health systems through global exchange

    23 November 2022
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    In August 2022 CIDT’s Ella Haruna delivered training for staff from Global Health Partnerships of the NHS, which works to strengthen health systems and services in England and across the world through international exchanges. The training was delivered for 20 participants at the Telford campus of the University of Wolverhampton.

    Global Health Partnerships staff were keen to explore how their initiatives can produce and demonstrate desirable outcomes – and to identify a common language and shared approach to project design and monitoring across their Directorates.

    The two-day training introduced the logical framework and theory of change as two tools or approaches for commissioning, planning, monitoring, review, evaluation and lesson learning, and to explore and articulate how social change happens in the context of a project.

    Participants said:

    “I enjoyed that we used our own examples in the breakout work . It helped me to understand better what I need to do…”

    “I enjoyed the interactive aspect of the training. It was very useful to have a “budding project/programme” for teams to work on. It was useful as a mechanisms not only to help teams see a different perspective to their “logic” but also generate a Directorate wide understanding.” 

    “The action learning set approach with review of the project by my peers was useful. Leaving the workshop with some specific actions to implement in my prospective project.”

    “It was a really engaging course, and I learned a new tools to help facilitate building collaborative ToCs with partners.”

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  • What makes a learning partnership?

    16 November 2022
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    In March 2022, CIDT concluded a one-year learning partnership, supporting staff of the Europe Laudes Foundation to integrate Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) into their work. As we reach the middle of year two, we reflect on: what distinguishes a learning partnership from a service provider relationship?

    Under phase 1 of the partnership we collaboratively set an intention – a roadmap was developed with learning milestones, along a journey from GESI aware, to GESI sensitive, to GESI transformative thinking and programming.

    There was substantial investment in careful diagnosis – setting a baseline to understand the priorities and needs of the Laudes staff, in relation to GESI knowledge, attitudes and practices. A series of actions then emerged including a glossary, case studies, online modules and podcasts – all grounded in deep reflection and evolution with the Foundation teams.

    What helped to progress the learning?

    • An incremental approach
    • The interest and enthusiasm of Laudes Foundation staff, which led to deep engagement
    • Grounding GESI in the specific context of Laudes Foundation organisation and culture
    • Striving for an organisation-wide approach, which is nuanced to reflect regional and contexts

    Above all, we recognised that it takes time to establish a strong learning partnership – one that is based on trust and challenge – and that the role of the learning partner is more open, exploratory, iterative and fluid than that of a service provider.

    Our focal areas for phase 2 of the learning partnership include:

    • Practical representation of GESI in the grant cycle
    • Continuing and amplifying the conversation GESI in the context of climate change
    • GESI-responsive organisational procedures

    Laudes Foundation is at the forefront of a ‘just transition‘ – a recognition that the dual crises of climate change and inequality are deeply linked, and that this requires an ambitious, global response. CIDT is working closely with two teams focused on the Built Environment and Finance and Capital Market Transformation.

    Launched in 2020, Laudes Foundation builds on the work of C&A Foundation, founded by the Brenninkmeijer family.

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  • 13th Forest Governance Forum makes an impact in Brazzaville

    28 July 2022
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    The 13th Forest Governance Forum (FGF) was held from the 23rd-24th May 2022 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The first in-person FGF since the pandemic welcomed over 200 participants from the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, and the UK.

    Mme Rosalie MATONDO, the Minister of the Forestry Economy in Congo, who placed the Forum under her patronage, launched a call for strengthening the collaboration between stakeholders involved in fighting climate change, in her opening speech of the Forum. In that framework, she indicated she “was pleased to note that, thanks to the convincing results of the 12th Forest Governance Forum held in Brazzaville in 2018, Congo has once again been selected to host this 13th Forum”.

    During the high-level panel that kicked of the Forum, Mr Pierre TATY, representative of HE the Minister for the Forestry Economy, highlighted the current challenges facing the Congolese government, such as the development of forest concessions, increasing and diversifying revenues, combating climate change and valuing payments for ecosystem services.

    HE Giacomo DURAZZO, the Head of the EU delegation in Congo, highlighted the main areas of intervention of the EU in Congo, while stressing the need to establish a more solid partnership with the Congolese government. These areas include “accelerating the implementation of the VPA-FLEGT”. In that framework, the Ambassador flagged that “an initiative called ‘Partnership for Forests’ is envisaged with the ambition to improve cooperation on forest-related aspects of the Republic of Congo, including forest governance, the development of a sustainable and job-creating forest economy, and the preservation of biodiversity”.

    Mrs Inès Gady MVOUKANI from Comptoir Juridique Junior (CJJ), highlighted that the work done by Congolese civil society in favour of the rights of local communities and indigenous populations and in the implementation of the new forest law. She stated, “There is no sustainability without local communities and indigenous peoples benefiting from tangible revenues”.

    The Forest Governance Forum discussed a wide range of relevant and important issues, including:

    • The regional forest governance processes and FLEGT
    • Combating deforestation and forest degradation in the Congo Basin
    • Independent forest monitoring initiatives
    • A special Session on China-Africa Cooperation to Promote Sustainable Forest Products Trade and Green Investments
    • Strengthening law enforcement and the fight against forest crime
    • The Sustainable Wildlife Management Program in the Republic of Congo
    • Effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities
    • Gender mainstreaming in forest governance
    • and much more.

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    The event was broadcast live and the recordings are now available along with downloads. Click here to watch now.

    The FGF was co-organised by the Centre for international Development and Training (CIDT) at the University of Wolverhampton, and Comptoire Juridique Junior (CJJ) with the financial support of the European Union (EU), Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and other partners.

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  • Facilitating Lesson Learning and a focus on Development Results for ILO projects supporting 4 million refugees in Turkey

    18 July 2022
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    Turkey currently hosts over 3.6 million Syrian refugees and an estimated 400,000 from other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Working alongside other UN Organisations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is doing all it can to support these refugees with language and skills training and relevant employment projects and programmes.

    Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) conducted two consecutive workshops for ILO staff in Ankara, Turkey to help improve the quality and results focus of ILO projects/programmes facilitate the enabling of lesson learning around these.

    Welcoming participants, the workshop organiser Özge Berber Agtas (ILO Senior Programme Officer) said:

    “It was good to do the two online training courses with CIDT but it’s great to finally have these face-to-face workshops. We have had a pandemic and have been waiting a long time – we very much welcome Phil back to ILO Ankara!”

    The workshops covered Monitoring, Review, Evaluation and Lesson Learning (MRELL) and Results Based Management (RBM). The first workshop was attended by 18 ILO staff, all of whom had successfully completed CIDT’s MEL online course prior to the training.

    The face-to-face workshop aimed to enable participants to appreciate the value of a Positive, Open Lesson Learning Organisational Culture (POLLOC) within their own institutional/organisational context and build appropriate M, R & E frameworks into Projects and Programmes and use them for adaptive management

    Participants said: “The prerequisite online training course was very helpful to us all”, and “I also liked the engaging and participatory approach of the trainer during the face-to-face workshop”.

    The second Results Based Management (RBM) workshop was attended by 12 ILO staff, providing a ‘refresher’ on key concepts of RBM and their practical application. It included a focus on the ‘Results Chain’; Reporting on Results/Performance (Results Based Language); Linkages between Projects, Programmes and the Sustainable Development Goals, Project and Programme Logical Frameworks and Theories of Change.

    Participants especially valued the materials provided for the workshop, “Very helpful and detailed handbook that will be very useful in the future”; and the engaging and skills of the trainer: “The trainer moved us from theory to practice through the group work exercises”, “The group work was really helpful”, “The trainer was very successful in keeping levels of motivation”.

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  • Philip Dearden presents at the Education for Sustainability in a Climate Crisis: International Perspectives conference

    13 July 2022
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    Philip Dearden recently presented a session on ‘Bridging the Practical and Academic Aspects of Climate Change and Sustainability through Capacity Development work – A case study of the Social Enterprise work of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) of the University of Wolverhampton.’

    In this short session, Philip outlined how staff in CIDT have been involved with capacity development work to mitigate against climate change and to ensure Environmental Sustainability for much of their 50-year history.

    In the presentation, Philip firstly introduced CIDT and their capacity-strengthening model. He then illustrated this model through a quick look back at CIDT’s capacity strengthening work in Amazonia, Brazil, Nepal and Rwanda. He then introduced their work with the international Chevening Environmental Governance Programmes and more recently their forestry and wildlife governance programmes and work across the African Congo region, which was recently showcased at COP26.

    In the second part of the presentation, Philip built upon CIDT’s international work and reflected upon the University of Wolverhampton ‘Glocal’ work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Recent changes in educational curricular were then briefly examined and the need for further developments in relation to the three University Cs of Curricular, Campuses and Communities emphasised. In conclusion, the need for future teaching with an international climate justice approach was stressed.

    Hosted by the Universities of Worcester and Wolverhampton from 5-6 July 2022 this Education for Sustainability in a Climate Crisis: International Perspectives conference had a wide variety of presenters. These ranged from academics and teachers, through to postgraduates, undergraduates, and primary school children. It was a great to hear international viewpoints from the UK as well as those coming from Canada through to Hong Kong and from India through to Zambia.

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  • L’Observation indépendante va désormais mutualiser leur travail et réaliser des rapports conjoints en République du Congo

    20 May 2022
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    Le Secrétaire Permanent du Comptoir Juridique Junior (CJJ) et Coordonnateur de la Plateforme pour la Gestion Durable des Forêts (PGDF), présente ce que représente le Cadre stratégique de l’OI du Congo (OIM+OIE) – Congo L’OIM et l’OIE pour le secteur forêt en République du Congo.

    La Stratégie de l’OI du Congo Brazzaville a été récemment validée, que représente cette validation pour la société civile et pour le secteur forêt pour le Congo ?

    La stratégie OI Congo est fondamentale pour une bonne coordination de l’OI en République du Congo. L’OI est un maillon essentiel dans la surveillance de la gouvernance des ressources naturelles en général et des ressources forestières en particulier.  Quoique menée par la société civile, l’OI implique toutes les parties prenantes qui doivent s’en approprier. L’atelier de validation a constitué donc un moment important de concrétisation de la recommandation des parties prenantes formulée lors de la session du 11ème Comité conjoint de mise en œuvre de l’APV/FLEGT. Pour le secteur forêt, la validation de la stratégie OI Congo permet de définir clairement la complémentarité qu’aura l’OI-Mandaté et l’OI-Externe dans l’accompagnement de l’administration à faire respecter la législation qui encadre les forêts, le social et les droits des communautés forestières

    Avec cette stratégie, quel changement pour l’activité de l’OI au Congo ?

    La stratégie a permis de poser les bases d’une bonne collaboration de l’OI. Désormais l’OIM et l’OIE vont mutualiser leur travail, réaliser des rapports conjoints, se compléter pour assurer une bonne couverture géographique, mobiliser des financements durables pour l’OI et conduire des actions conjointes de plaidoyer pour la prise en compte des recommandations formulées dans les rapports d’OI

    Quelles sont les prochaines étapes pour la mise en œuvre ou le déploiement de cette stratégie d’OI ?

    Les étapes futures sont la prise en compte des contributions des parties prenantes, la présentation de la stratégie OI au 15eme Comité Conjoint de Mise en œuvre de l’APV/FLEGT (CCM), sa publication et sa mise en œuvre.

    Propos recueillis par  : Christelle KOUETCHA, Responsable communication FODER-

    Cet article a été produit dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du projet d’appui à la Société Civile pour l’amélioration de la gouvernance forestière en République du Congo à travers le Système Normalisé d’Observation Indépendante Externe (PASGOF-SNOIE Congo), financé par l’Union Européenne et FCDO.

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  • L’Observation indépendante (OI) a désormais un cadre stratégique au Congo Brazzaville

    20 May 2022
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    SNOIE Forest Monitors in Cameroon. Credit: FODER.

    Le secteur forestier du Congo Brazzaville dispose désormais d’une stratégie Nationale de l’Observation Indépendante Externe (OI) (OI Mandaté et OI non mandaté ou externe). Ce document fondamental pour la coordination de l’OI en République du Congo a été validé le 21 avril 2022, à l’issue d’un atelier qui a réuni les représentants des pouvoirs publics, le secteur privé et la société civile Congolaise.

    Maillon essentiel dans la surveillance de la gouvernance des ressources naturelles en général et des ressources forestières en particulier, l’Observation Indépendante (OI) est menée certes par la société civile, mais implique toutes les parties prenantes. Disposée donc d’un cadre stratégique permettra au Congo de mieux coordonner les activités d’Observation Indépendante Mandaté et non mandaté. Ceci pour une meilleure collaboration et contribution des deux approches d’observation indépendante au secteur forêt à travers la génération des données de qualité sur le secteur forestier, la gouvernance forestière et les changements d’affectation des terres forestières.

    Le Cadre stratégique de l’OI du Congo (OIM+OIE) – Congo, a été élaboré par Comptoir Juridique Junior (CJJ) et le Centre d’Appui à la Gestion Durable des Forêts (CAGDF) sous la facilitation technique des organisations Forêts et Développement Rural (FODER) et Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT). Ce cadre permet de mieux définir entre autres les rôles et responsabilité des acteurs de l’OI au Congo, les modalités de conduite des activités, les protocoles de collecte des données, les formats de rapports, les modalités de communication et de circulation de l’information entre les acteurs, les modalités de collaboration et de coordination entre l’OI mandatée et l’OI non mandatée et le système de suivi évaluation de la stratégie.

    Le suivi ou l’évaluation de la stratégie nationale sera effectué chaque année. Le suivi sera axé sur la coordination (le degré de collaboration entre l’OIM et l’OIE, les succès, les échecs ou les défis et une évaluation de la mesure dans laquelle les objectifs de la stratégie nationale sont atteints. Ce suivi annuel sera dirigé par l’Université of Wolverhampton, Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT). Le rapport de ce suivi ou de cette évaluation comprenant les leçons, les résolutions et les actions sera présenté lors des réunions annuelles de coordination des partenaires y compris des réunions de mise à jour auprès des Partenaires Techniques et Financiers et l’administration et les instances de mise en œuvre de l’APV.

    Le développement et la validation du Cadre stratégique de l’OI du Congo (OIM+OIE) – Congo L’OIM et l’OIE, été réalisé dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du projet d’appui à la Société Civile pour l’amélioration de la gouvernance forestière en République du Congo à travers le Système Normalisé d’Observation Indépendante Externe (PASGOF-SNOIE Congo), financé par l’Union Européenne et FCDO.

    Auteur : Christelle KOUETCHA, Responsable communication FODER-

    Cet article a été produit dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du projet d’appui à la Société Civile pour l’amélioration de la gouvernance forestière en République du Congo à travers le Système Normalisé d’Observation Indépendante Externe (PASGOF-SNOIE Congo), financé par l’Union Européenne et FCDO.

    Lilian Laurin BARROS

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  • Working paper explores sustaining existing social protection programmes during crises

    20 May 2022
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    Working Paper 14 from the BASIC Research programme is authored by Rachel Slater and entitled ‘Sustaining Existing Social Protection Programmes During Crises: What Do We Know? How Can We Know More?’

    The paper explores our understanding of the ways in which existing programmes can be sustained during crises to ensure that households that were already poor and vulnerable before a crisis continue to be supported. Literature in this area does not address conflict-affected crises.

    The paper concludes that a better understanding of when, where and how existing programmes can be sustained during situations of violent conflict will help to ensure that poor and vulnerable households can be supported – either through government programmes or by enabling robust diagnosis of when efforts to sustaining existing programmes will be inadequate and an additional, external responses are required.

    Read more details and download the paper.

    BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research is a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office funded programme examining why, how and when to use social protection approaches in different crisis contexts, to deliver more effective social assistance so that vulnerable people cope better with crises and meet their basic needs. BASIC Research is led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) together with the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) at the University of Wolverhampton, working with an assortment of partners across 11 countries affected by protracted crisis.

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  • Celebrating 50 years of work helping people to find their own path to development

    13 April 2022
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    This year, we celebrate our 50th birthday. Our journey has involved many others and we wish to thank all those who have been instrumental in our successes: a wide range of development partners, many varied donors/funders and many supporters, including many individual staff across the University of Wolverhampton.

    As we turn 50, we are planning to take a look back at some of our most impactful work, and then look forward to how we will continue to make a difference in the next ten years.

    We have a series of celebratory events coming up which we hope will recognise our achievements and the crucially important role our partners have played in them. We will also be looking to the future and would like to invite you to join us.

    Looking ahead our plans include:

    • Inviting our alumni, to help tell the story of the past fifty years.
    • Looking at, and sharing, some of the groundbreaking capacity development work of our partners.
    • A series of celebratory events involving CIDT staff, associates and many others, to critically examine our recent work, future ambitions and what we have learned on the way.

    The first CIDT@50 event will take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The event will be held in conjunction with CIDT’s 13th Forest Governance Forum.

    Forest Governance Forums have been held in Central Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia for the past 15 years or so as platforms for forest policy and climate change. As part of this event, representatives of CIDT will celebrate with some of the front-line actors that are combating deforestation, illegal logging, and ensuring that local communities are protected from the effects of climate change as well as benefiting from forest resources. CIDT played and continues to play a crucial role in strengthening the capacities of these frontline actors whose role has increased in importance as the international community implements some of the commitments made at COP26 in Glasgow – see here and here.

    Our invitation

    In our 50th year, we ask friends, colleagues and partners – new and old – to look forward with us as we ask “What must we do over the next ten years to build a sustainable and equitable future?”

    To join the conversation:

    • Sign up to the CIDT newsletter at the bottom of this page for updates on events and activity.
    • Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.
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  • CIDT helps United Nations World Food Programme understand how to set food and cash transfer levels in East Africa

    22 March 2022
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    Daniela Baur (Research Assistant) of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) and associate colleague Emily Wylde (Independent Consultant) have been commissioned by the World Food Programme to conduct a study that maps how United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) sets transfer values in East Africa.

    Determining how much cash or food people receive is not an exact science. Decisions depend on different forms of analysis and a number of trade-offs. They take into consideration a range of intersecting factors: programme objectives, number of people in need, people’s needs, available funding resources, environmental, political and economic contextual factors etc.

    WFP has corporate guidance steering Country Offices on the process of transfer value setting, but it in practice, when navigating dynamic contexts and situations, it is rarely appropriate to follow guidance step-by-step. This study helps uncover what challenges WFP Country offices face and learn from the ways in which Country Offices look to overcome such challenges.

    In the face of funding resource limitations and pressures from growing need across geographies, the information will help diagnose what all parties, headquarters, regional and country offices, may do to help improve approaches to set the transfer value and in turn contribute to improving WFP’s implementation and achieve programme aims.

    The study is informed by desk-based revision of documentation and interviews with staff in 9 WFP Country Offices in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda).

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