The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working to save lives from drowning in the UK and Republic of Ireland for nearly 200 years. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 320,000 people drown each year globally but due to low recognition of the issue, drowning has become a ‘silent epidemic’. RNLI operates in lower and middle-income countries to combat the risk of drowning.
The Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) is supporting the RNLI International team to strengthen their capacity for project cycle management for international development by providing a bespoke toolkit and staff training.
As a first step CIDT’s Ella Haruna conducted a mapping of all existing RNLI project management tools and approaches; and benchmarked these against international development industry standards. Ella conducted semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with key RNLI resource persons to obtain a comprehensive picture of the current systems and practices in managing projects around the cycle. A scoping report was produced which identifies gaps or shortfall of current processes and future requirements. The report was presented to a range of RNLI stakeholders for feedback and validation.
The second step was to prepare a toolkit and manual containing the bespoke project management tools, and deliver two cycles of training to the RNLI International Department. The training is focused on embedding the new project management toolkit through applying Project cycle management tools to live RNLI projects – including stakeholder, problem, risk analysis, logical framework, setting indicators, work plans, budgets, value for money and theory of change.