On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, CIDT trainers Ella Haruna and Susan Branker Greene facilitated a one day workshop with national training coordinators from 18 countries, including Heads of Civil Service Training Departments and Units. The event aimed to explore the future scope of future Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management training and support training coordinators to action plan to meet training needs in their respective country contexts. The discussion took place in the context of a large Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management Training programme implemented by the Caribbean Development Bank for which CIDT is the training provider.
According to a quick-fire online poll during the event:
- 38% of training coordinators most appreciated the programme training methods, 31% most appreciated the technical content, whilst 25% most appreciated the national focus of the training
- 82% of training coordinators felt that targeting the right participants was the biggest challenge faced in organising the training
- 47% identified the primary resource challenge to future training as qualified trainers, 35% identified budget as the key challenge
- 56% felt that the train the trainer cohort could deliver future training to some extent, but 50% identified lack of experience as the main barrier to the TTT group rolling out future training
- 43% of training coordinators selected international-regional partnerships for training as the optimum approach to develop PPAM and PCM capacity
The presentation of Project Cycle Management (PCM) materials by CDB and CIDT to the training coordinators marked the end of an impressive roll-out of Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management Training. Under this programme a team of CIDT staff and regional associates delivered over 2300 hours of training in eight thematic areas in 19 countries over an 18 month period.
Reflections and discussions around training needs and challenges were a key theme of this sustainability focused event with regional representatives commenting on:
- The importance of ownership and buy-in from senior levels: allowing for operational budgets and the application of training concepts at strategic levels of implementation.
- The importance of strengthening capacity and competency of trainers (trained under the programme) to work collaboratively with experts to roll out successful technical training
- The importance of understanding institutional limitations and challenges in rolling out an appropriate and high quality programme.
Training coordinators brainstormed together to draw up preliminary Country Action Plans based on discussions that were appropriate to country contexts and respective training needs. These Action Plans will be followed up in coming months to see what support can be provided to BMC Training Units to assist in rolling out their bespoke country programmes.
During the session the Caribbean Leadership Programme (CLP) and Management Institute for National Development, Government of Jamaica (MIND), addressed the BMC representatives, sharing lessons on training programme sustainability and insights into leadership and organisational development approaches.
The Sustainability Training Event ran concurrently with the two-day event ‘Leadership in Action for Public Sector Policy Leaders’, hosted by CDB at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel in Hastings, Barbados.