The month of May 2019 saw the completion of CIDT’s training delivery of the Project Cycle Management programme for the borrowing member countries of the Caribbean Development Bank which commenced in November 2017.
CIDT delivered the programme’s suite of 8 PCM modules in 19 Borrowing Member Countries (BMC) for a diverse training audience of Government officials including Permanent Secretaries, senior technical officers from various line ministries, technical officers, project analysts, and managers in the public sector; whose work directly involves the design, implementation , monitoring or reporting of projects.
The overall learning objective of the PCM programme was to enable more effective management of policy, programmes and projects and contribute to addressing the regional implementation challenges. An end of programme evaluation will assess the extent to which this objective has been realised in the final quarter of 2019.
The training modules cover a wide range of tools and themes around the project cycle, including project design, management, monitoring and evaluation to more specific PCM approaches, such as project appraisal, managing technical assistance projects and procurement. Each module is contextualised with regional case studies.
The tailored programme was delivered via a blended learning mechanism, commencing with face to face learning, and supported with an online follow-up webinar (Virtual Learning Symposium), six to eight weeks after training. The VLS served as a refresher of training content as well as a space to share reflections and experiences on progress to integration and implementation.
CIDT staff delivered a two-day refresher training of key concepts and principles of Project Cycle Management to Government of Barbados staff as a side event at the programme Policy Leadership conference in July 2019 (See link to conference news article)
Barbados was one of the first BMCs to receive the PPAM and PCM training in November 2017, and this top-up training was well received by participants, who appreciated the opportunity to reflect on progress since the original training and refresh on core material through an experiential learning approach.
Refresher training will be delivered in a similar 2 day format to Government of Grenada staff in September 2019 alongside the final programme regional conference on the importance of integrating project cycle management to achieve strategic national delivery of projects, programmes and policy.