Sarah Thomas and Dr Aurelian Mbzibain, working with CIDT national associate, Johnson Batisme, delivered training in Haiti for over 100 government staff. Most of the participants were senior and mid-level staff from the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation.
According to World Bank data, Haiti is the poorest country of the Americas, with 59% of the population living below the national poverty and 24% falling below the national extreme poverty line of US$1.23 per day. Haiti is also one of the most unequal countries in the world and extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.
In the context of unrest and national demonstrations in the capital Port au Prince, a series of eight training modules were delivered including project design and analysis, project planning, project M&E, project risk management, logical framework approaches, Training of Trainers and Procurement. Training was conducted under the Caribbean Development Bank Public Policy and Project Cycle Management training programme in 19 BMCs – for which CIDT is a training provider.
Workshop evaluations demonstrated that participants were very satisfied and that learning objectives were effectively achieved. Participants said:
“Trainers were excellent” (PCM module)
“Very informative and inspiring” (Project appraisal module)
“The module was well presented and allowed for interaction and discussion” (Project appraisal module) “Very enriching experience” (Project management module)
“Everything was perfect” (Monitoring & evaluation module)
“Very good training which will be useful for my career development” (Risk management module)
“Very enriching experience” (Managing Technical Assistance module)
“I very much appreciated the module as the content is extremely important for the improvement of procurement practice.” (Procurement module)
Early impact from the programme was shared by one Train the Trainer participant from the ‘Ministère de la Planification et de la Coopération Externe’, who reported that he had delivered training in Argentina on Project Cycle Management (PCM) by applying the knowledge acquired during the module and following his objectives defined in the module Action Plan.
The training took place from the 24th September 2018 to the 22nd October 2018 at ENAF (Ecole Nationale d’Administration Financiere) Training Halls in the Capital City Georgetown. A follow up Virtual Learning Symposium (webinar) was facilitated in January 2019 to allow participants to share their experiences of how their learning was being put to practice but also the challenges involved.