CIDT response to COVID19

Updated: 20th August 2020

The world has been in the grip of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, a global crisis likely to have profound and far-reaching impacts on every aspect of our work and lives. Some journalists and historians are already predicting a new historical divide: the world B.C. (Before Corona) and A.C. (After Corona).

The University continues to closely monitor the national situation and hold regular meetings to plan responses and share best practice with other Universities, local councils and public health organisations.

University staff are working from home and CIDT is adapting how we engage with our international development work in this new climate. We recognise that globally, the most vulnerable will be hardest hit by the pandemic. Development interventions must now rapidly adjust to support these groups. We are actively engaging with partners and clients to mitigate adverse impacts in our ongoing projects and programmes.

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How are we working?

In our capacity strengthening, teaching and training work we are leveraging CIDT’s ability to deliver remotely. Building on recent experience delivering webinars across 19 Caribbean countries, we will strengthen CIDT’s online offer with the launch of a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning course. We are currently exploring platforms to host immersive training for DFID staff under an existing contract.

Concerning CIDTs ongoing work on programme reviews, research, surveys and evaluations, we are working to finalise reports, carry out secondary data collection and collect primary data via survey and telephone interviews. Travel restrictions may make field visits impossible in the short-term, requiring evaluation studies to be reframed as desk-based exercises.

CIDT is very much open for business, our office phones are diverted so please do feel free to contact staff members in the normal manner. We are communicating daily online with partners, clients and each other using Email, Phone, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft teams, Trello and Canvas.

Please do stay in touch with us.

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