In September 2018 Philip Dearden led a series of Project Cycle Management Masterclasses for senior staff of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), giving the CDB team a taster and overview of the 8 modules currently being delivered by CIDT across the Caribbean in the 19 CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).
Philip co-delivered the training with members of CIDT’s regional associate training team Alexa Khan, Susan Branker Green, Mark Lee and Juanita Thorington-Powlett.
Prior to attending a selection of the Masterclasses the 75 CDB staff participants all successfully completed CIDT’s online Results Based Management (RBM) course.
The topics covered in these one and two day Masterclasses were:
- Principles, Tools and Skills for Project Cycle Management
- Project Appraisal
- Risk Analysis and Management of Projects and Programmes
- Project Planning and Implementation
- Management of Technical Assistance Projects
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Programmes
- Training of Trainers
As an integral part of any training all participants have to design an Action Plan to help ensure the training contents and processes are implemented back in the workplace. Follow up Virtual Learning Symposia (VLS) will also be held in order to help identify further challenges and issues that may arise.
Feedback from the independent evaluation of the programme being conducted has been very positive and included a variety of complimentary comments:
- “The sessions were engaging with valuable contributions. The real cases brought a useful CDB perspective.”
- “I thoroughly enjoyed this module.”
- “Very useful opportunity for hands-on learning and identification of solutions.”
- “I’m very appreciative of the knowledge and tools shared in this module.”
- “This training has been tremendously helpful and the efforts of the facilitators and their administrative team is greatly appreciated.”
Some specific comments on the Training of Trainers module were made:
- “The facilitators went out of their way to ensure that the training was comfortable. As a result, I was willing to present in front of my colleagues, despite my nerves.”
- “The module was well delivered”
- “I really appreciated the way in which the facilitators worked to provide a safe environment.” “I believe this module was the best of the series and really sets the foundation for peer to peer learning.”
A series of recommendations from programme training and M&E providers concerning the sustainability of the overall programme, have been invited by CDB. The programme is considering the development of all modules into online packages, facilitation of Communities of Practice and the creation of ‘Lesson learning spaces’ for Monitoring and Evaluation at the CDB.
Some photographs of some of the modules underway: