• CIDT helps United Nations World Food Programme understand how to set food and cash transfer levels in East Africa

    22 March 2022
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    Daniela Baur (Research Assistant) of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) and associate colleague Emily Wylde (Independent Consultant) have been commissioned by the World Food Programme to conduct a study that maps how United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) sets transfer values in East Africa.

    Determining how much cash or food people receive is not an exact science. Decisions depend on different forms of analysis and a number of trade-offs. They take into consideration a range of intersecting factors: programme objectives, number of people in need, people’s needs, available funding resources, environmental, political and economic contextual factors etc.

    WFP has corporate guidance steering Country Offices on the process of transfer value setting, but it in practice, when navigating dynamic contexts and situations, it is rarely appropriate to follow guidance step-by-step. This study helps uncover what challenges WFP Country offices face and learn from the ways in which Country Offices look to overcome such challenges.

    In the face of funding resource limitations and pressures from growing need across geographies, the information will help diagnose what all parties, headquarters, regional and country offices, may do to help improve approaches to set the transfer value and in turn contribute to improving WFP’s implementation and achieve programme aims.

    The study is informed by desk-based revision of documentation and interviews with staff in 9 WFP Country Offices in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda).

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  • Reflecting on the use of logical frameworks and theories of change at the Midlands Evaluation Showcase

    14 February 2022
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    Head of CIDT Philip Dearden was recently invited to present at the UK Midlands Regional Evaluation Network Showcase celebrating evaluations and evaluators across the Midlands.

    In his session Phil shared some reflections on the use of Logical Frameworks and Theories of Change in International Development work.  His presentation can viewed below.

    The showcase sessions covered: evaluating social, economic and other benefits of initiatives in the Midlands region and evaluating national and international policies and programmes from the Midlands.

    Other speakers at the showcase event included:

    • Professor Nick Henry, Coventry University and James Brown, University of Warwick
    • Professor Laura Caulfield, Director of the Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD), University of Wolverhampton.
    • Oliver Allies, Wavehill Social and Economic Research.
    • Professor Mike Thelwall, Professor of Data Science, Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton.

    Their presentations can be viewed in the full event recording. 

    Winning Moves’ Karl King and Michelle Hollier supported the sessions through hosting and chairing the event.

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  • CIDT facilitate inclusion of Asia Pacific national and local actors in global conversations on forest governance

    14 February 2022
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    The advent of the Covid 19 pandemic has made us all realise the importance of nature and how our lives are dependent on nature; this in turn has helped galvanise the international community with greater fervour than ever around efforts to address biodiversity loss, deforestation and degradation and the impacts of climate change.

    Central to these efforts is the need for local people and national civil society organisations to play a key role in international efforts and processes. However, there are some challenges that make it impossible for local communities and national civil society organisations to be effectively engaged, even though they are the ones bearing the brunt of the negative impacts of biodiversity loss, deforestation, degradation, and climate change.

    Often national civil society organisations and local communities lack the knowledge and, in many instances, do not have access to the platforms and fora on which these issues are discussed and decided. The result is that they are never seen, and their voices are never heard.

    To address these challenges, CIDT organised the Asia Pacific Forest Governance Forum from 27-30 September 2021. More than 240 people, from 38 countries dispersed around our planet and representing a range of sectors, tuned into Zoom to attend this event. The event was organised by CIDT through the regional project Strengthening non-state actor involvement in forest governance in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea led by BirdLife International based in Cambridge and funded by the European Union.

    Aiming to showcase achievements, expertise and experience the event offered views from civil society, international organisations and the private sector who are engaged in different kinds and methods of forest governance across the region. Presentations looked at the progress and the challenges of policy processes concerning forest governance, climate change and biodiversity conservation and the impacts observed on the ground.

    Another session focused on both the science and practice of some of the tools and approaches being used to enhance transparency, access to information and accountability.

    The event also invited speakers to discuss issues, efforts and methods into making and achieving greater inclusive representation and participation of stakeholders in the policy process.

    The event was a huge success as highlighted by feedback from some of the participants:

    “Thank you for your excellent moderation. We find these events invaluable. With lots of engagement parallels and informed approaches, this is an essential forum.”

    “Many thanks for the very successful, substantial and inspiring conversations!”

    “Thanks to all presenters. Excellent efforts being conducted at all levels, and great sharing with us over the past week. So exciting to hear of so much great organising and action at local community levels. Also a great effort from all organisers and participants.”

    “Thank you for the enlightens forum and brings great hope for better forest governance and give more benefits for indigenous peoples and local communities.”

    “Thank you very much for organising such a precious and insightful dialogue for better forest governance!”

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  • Mapping NGOs working on forest governance and wildlife protection in the Congo Basin

    3 February 2022
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    NGOs working in the environmental sector, specifically in the fields of forest governance and wildlife protection, in four countries of the Congo Basin region, Cameroon, Congo- Brazzaville, Gabon and CAR. The study took place within the framework of the project Strengthening Law Enforcement on Fauna and Flora in Central Africa (RALFF), funded by the European Union, with additional funding from the Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme, of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 

    “Independent Forest and Wildlife Monitoring are approaches widely used by many   civil society actors around the globe”, says Prof Aurelian Mbzibain, one of the authors of the report and CIDT forest governance expert. Fledgling research has been carried out on the typology of NGOs implementing strategies, but much more must be done to characterise these NGOs, the challenges they face and the synergies between the work of the two sectors. Prof Mbzibain explains, “One of the main questions to explore through this research is why large International NGOs work mainly in the field of wildlife protection and conservation, while smaller local NGOs focus more on IFM and illegal logging?”

    “Finding an answer to this question was complex and layered”, explains Habiba Mohamed, a research team member, “Our respondents raised various factors such as the difficulty to raise sufficient funding for engagement in the field to support monitoring and investigations”. Another factor was the fear of criminal networks and threats, as small local NGOs lack the level of protection available for INGO staff members. Finally, Mrs Mohamed adds that some research participants touched on cultural factors: Communities see wildlife as meat and a source of protein as opposed to something to be preserved for economic or social benefit. Local NGOs feared the rejection of the communities if they preached the message of conservation or protection which limits community access to traditional hunting/fishing/cultural sites in forests, especially when they don’t have the means to assist them in improving their economic situation.  

    The report identities several internal and external challenges faced by local and international NGOs in the field, including issues like internal governance, leadership, gender issues, financial sustainability, the challenging relationship with governments and the controversial relationships with the private sector.  

    Download the full report in English. 

    Download the Executive Summary in English. 

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  • CIDT and partners publish 12-country study report on the effectiveness of civil society networks

    25 January 2022
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    A report “Defining and assessing the effectiveness of civil society networks working on forest governance issues in Africa and Asia” has been published based on the results of a 2021 study conducted by RECOFTC, the Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG) and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) of the University of Wolverhampton. The study lead, Professor Aurelian Mbzibain of CIDT explains that NGOs and their networks have grown and developed in tandem with the struggle of governments to overcome societal challenges including inequity, poverty, climate change and environmental degradation. Public and private donors and development agencies are turning to civil society coalitions to deliver aid effectively, but there are increasing concerns about how effective these networks really are. Research to date on the effectiveness of networks has tended to focus on the performance and effectiveness of public and private sector networks[1], but much less is known about what makes civil society development networks work[2]. This research addresses that gap.

    The report highlights the multi-faceted nature of “effectiveness” and limited agreement amongst NGO leaders, international NGOs, donors and governments on what network effectiveness means. A diverse membership and skill set, shared vision and a performant management unit emerge as the most important internal contributing factor to the effectiveness of CS networks. Access to funding opportunities, safe civil space and recognition from donors and governments are the critical external factors. The study developed a model of civil society effectiveness including a framework for civil society networks to assess their effectiveness and develop measures for improvement.

    Click here to access the full report.

    The authors are grateful for various support from Tropenbos International, the European Union and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)- Forest Governance Markets and Climate (FGMC) Programme, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

    [1] Provan, K.G and Milward, H. B (2001) ‘Do networks really work? A framework for evaluating public sector organizational networks’. Public Administration review 61:4, 414-423

    [2] Poocharoen, O and Sovacool, B.K (2012) Exploring the challenges of energy and resources network governance, Energy Policy, 42(2012) 409-418, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.12.005

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  • So what is ‘Theory of Change’ anyway?

    10 January 2022
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    Staff of the Programming and Evaluation Support Unit of the Conflict Prevention Centre (PESU-CPC), in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spent several days engaging with this question. PESU deliver regular project management training across the organisation and assure the quality of project design, so there was plenty of experience and lessons to share.

    Training on Theory of change or ‘ToC’ was facilitated by CIDT’s Ella Haruna. The ToC approach encourages stakeholders to debate how an initiative can best produce desirable outcomes by asking them to make explicit connections between the different components of how a programme works (Weiss.) There is no standard format for a ToC, it is no “magic bullet’ (Vogel) and has even been called ‘a logframe on steroids’ (Ortiz). However in the words of Patricia Rogers:

    Every programme is packed with beliefs, assumptions and hypotheses about how change happens… Theory of Change is about articulating these many underlying assumptions about how change will happen in a programme.

    Participants appreciated the tailored approach to training and the opportunities for interactive exchange between colleagues:

    • The training was tailor-made to reflect on the experience and knowledge of the participants with active engagement of the audience
    • Very tailored approach to the needs of the group; excellent facilitator; interactive course which used different tools to keep the Zoom setting not too tiring
    • Creating space for discussion on how we do things in our unit. Putting our methodological choices on the spot, learning how others do things.

    The OSCE is comprised of 57 participating States working together on politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects of security. Security relates to many aspects of the way we live and are governed, ranging from conflict prevention to fostering economic development, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and promoting the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. OSCE activities include arms control, security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities.

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  • CIDT facilitates regional dialogue on Caribbean community engagement

    15 December 2021
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    A team from CIDT facilitated a half day, virtual Symposium on Community Engagement for the Caribbean Development Bank. The Symposium took place on 1st December and was held to mark the publication of the newly revised ‘Community Engagement Guidance Note’, which has been developed with inputs from practitioners across the Caribbean and editorial support from CIDT.

    The Guidance Note combines the theory of effective community engagement with practical, participatory tools and approaches to support community practitioners in their work. Prepared with financial support from two key CDB programmes, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) and the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF), the publication is seen as an important new resource in supporting community resilience building in the region.

    The launch event was moderated by Ella Haruna with facilitation support from Dani Baur, and featured a range of speakers including: Sarah Thomas (CIDT), Jessica Harris (Gender Analyst, Caribbean Development Bank), Nadian Anderson (Training Manager, Social Development Commission, Jamaica), Richardo Aiken (Community Development Specialist, CDB), Lavern Louard-Greaves (Social Analyst, CDB) and Clive Murray (Community Resilience Specialist, Caribbean Disasters and Emergencies Management Agency).

    The panel presentations highlighted different aspects of community engagement practice and the importance and challenges of facilitating meaningful engagement throughout the life cycle of CDB interventions, not just at the design stage, where it is relatively well-established.

    The symposium also included a ‘Voices from the Community’ session, in which community representatives from Belize (Mrs Cecilia Alas) and community engagement officials from Guyana (Ms Mariea Harrinaraine and Mr Richard Maughn) shared their perspectives on the community engagement process.

    Participants then had the opportunity to discuss the issues in more depth in a group session, which explored how to embed the Guidance Note and support its use going forwards.

    The symposium ended with an official ceremony to unveil the Community Engagement Guidance Note, held at CDB headquarters in Barbados and broadcast online. The launch was officiated by Mrs Deirdre Clarendon, Division Chief, Social Section Division, CDB. The symposium was opened by Ms. Andria Grosvenor, Deputy Executive Director (ag.), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Mr. George Yearwood, Portfolio Manager of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) CDB.

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  • CIDT helps facilitate a new Decent Work Country Strategy for the ILO in Albania

    29 November 2021
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    Head of CIDT Philip N. Dearden supported an intensive Results Based Management (RBM), Monitoring, and Evaluation (M&E) workshop held in Tirana, Albania from 17-18 November 2021 as an integral part of the formulation of a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP). Thirty-five representatives from the Albanian Government, Trade Unions, Employers Organisations, and the ILO attended the workshop.

    The workshop aimed to provide a refresher on RBM and M&E and practically apply key concepts as part of the formulation of a new Decent Work Country Programme for Albania.

    The workshop gathered ideas and built consensus around the national decent work programme, feeding into the draft e DWCP framework for the next four years. By design, this framework aligns well with the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-26 for Albania.

    The first draft DWCP will be developed into a full and detailed strategic plan through a series of agreed participatory actions over the next three months.

    Specific topics covered in the intensive multi-stakeholder workshop were:

    • The rationale for results measurement and the ‘results chain’
    • Seven simple planning steps and seven key questions to ask
    • Key concepts of results measurement and its application to the formulation of a DWCP
    • Practical monitoring, review and evaluation tools

    Feedback on all major aspects of the workshop design and delivery was very positive. Many participants commented on how much they had enjoyed the face to face workshop and on the practical value to their work. Comments received included:

    • I appreciate all the concepts we learned about the step-by-step drafting of strategic documents, through defining in a concrete and detailed way the relevant outcomes and indicators under specific priorities.
    • The concepts around the green economy and green jobs are very new and we are interested to learn further on the green economy concept.
    • Very clear concepts on strategic planning which will assist us in our work.
    • Cooperation among the participants. Friendly and encouraging environment for critical thinking.
    • The whole process of active listening, respecting everyone’s ideas and reaching an agreement on issues of common interest should be highlighted.
    • Excellent efforts to agree decisions. All good things. The manual.
    • Very intensive and very useful seminar.
    • The seminar methodology was “Unique”.

    A few photographs of the workshop

    Markus Pilgrim, Director, ILO DWT Budapest opening the workshop

    Mr Ardit Kaja, Director General, State Labour and Social Services Inspectorate, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ms Zhulieta Harasani, ILO National Coordinator for Albania, Ms Fiona McCluney UNRC, UN and Ms Bora Muzhaqi, Minister, Ministry of Youth all spoke at the opening ceremony before Philip Dearden, the facilitator, started the practical activities of the workshop.

     

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  • Put your money where your mouth is: CIDT calls for the international community to provide sustainable support for citizen led monitoring of forest related climate change commitments

    15 November 2021
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    CIDT was honoured to be involved in the international climate change summit – COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Through its collaboration with the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), CIDT organised a panel discussion entitled – Saving Africa’s Congo Basin Rainforest, People and Biodiversity. The panel discussion was held on 11th November 2021 in the COMIFAC pavilion. The panel was facilitated by Prof Philip Dearden and CIDT’s Prof Aurelian MbzibainRichard Nyirenda and Sarah Thomas participated in the panel discussion. The other panellists were drawn from CIDT’s partners in the region – Lilian Barros of Comptoir Juridique Junior – Harrison Nnoko of AJESH Cameroon, and also included representatives from Chatham House – Dr Alison Hoare, the FAO – Arielle Nkodo of the FAO FLEGT Programme, the European Forestry Institute- Dr Jim Djontu, and the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) – Françoise Van de Ven.

    The session highlighted the importance of the independent monitoring work that is undertaken by national civil society organisations and communities in the Congo basin. This work, which provides third party objective information about the forest sector, is vital to combatting illegal forest degradation and deforestation. Over the past decade or so, CIDT through its FCDO and EU funded projects has been strengthening the organisational and technical capacities of these organisations and community groups in carrying out their independent monitoring work.

    Civil society-led independent monitoring continues to be critical given the key role that forests play in climate mitigation and adaptation. One of the main outcomes of COP26 Glasgow was the Global Forest Finance pledge – a commitment by 12 countries, including the UK, to collectively provide US$ 12 billion for forest-related climate finance between 2021 and 2025, and strengthen collaboration to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. The Global Forest Finance pledge will help reinforce and operationalise the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use. This historic announcement emphasises the critical and interdependent roles of forests of all types, biodiversity, and sustainable land use in enabling the world to meet its sustainable development goals; to help achieve a balance between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removal by sinks; to adapt to climate change; and to maintain other ecosystem services. Independent monitoring will undoubtedly play a crucial role in ensuring that these pledges and commitments are met. CIDT therefore called for the international community to honour these historic pledges by providing reliable and sustainable support for the oversight role played by CSOs and local communities: the eyes and ears of the world in the global fight against deforestation.

    Key resources

    This event took place on 11 November 2021. Here are the key resources:

    Over the past three decades CIDT’s engagement has made an impact on the lives of thousands of beneficiaries in Central and West Africa and contributed to the reduction of deforestation, wildlife trafficking and climate change. The organisation of this panel was made possible through the financial support of the EU funded PASGOF-SNOIE – Congo forest monitoring project and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme.

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  • Join us at COP26 for our forum on saving Africa’s Congo Basin rainforests, people and biodiversity

    20 October 2021
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    Saving Africa’s Congo Basin Rainforests, People and Biodiversity: An Interactive Forum on Civil Society led forest and wildlife monitoring and law enforcement Actions, Learning and Priorities for the Struggle Ahead

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    This event took place on 11 November 2021. Here are the key resources:

    Read our latest blog post – CIDT @ COP 26 – seeking a fair deal for the Congo Basin forests to find out more about COP and its importance, as well as our what has bought us to this event. 

    Context

    Congo Basin forests are of global importance. Unfortunately, these forests are under severe threats from unsustainable human activities accelerating illegal deforestation, conversion, wildlife poaching and loss of livelihoods of indigenous peoples. With support from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), CIDT, University of Wolverhampton has strengthened the role of Congo Basin Civil Society actors as environmental defenders and monitors of illegal deforestation and wildlife trafficking over the last decade; generating evidence for stronger law enforcement and sustainable management of forests and wildlife. We are proposing a panel discussion during COP 26 which will provide a unique opportunity for three representatives from Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Gabon to engage face-to-face with the live audience (in French with simultaneous translation) their first hand experiences of tropical forest and biodiversity loss and their tactics to counter illegal deforestation and wildlife trafficking in the region*. These regional experts will be complimented by a panel of international experts on independent forest and wildlife monitoring and law enforcement from CIDT and other international organisations (TBC).

    The aim of the panel discussion to be hosted in the COMIFAC pavilion (specify location) is to present and critique the role of independent forest and wildlife monitoring and law enforcement by civil society as a key tool for fighting illegal deforestation and biodiversity loss while highlighting its contributions to climate change. Panellists will share Central African experience and recommendations to stimulate debate and improved understanding of the realistic options for the Congo Basin. The panel session will target government officials, donor agencies, private sector, NGOs, Biodiversity Conservationists, etc.

    Agenda for the panel discussion

    • Introduction: The Head of CIDT, Professor Philip Dearden will faciliate the panel discussions. The panellists will be introduced together with a brief overview of IFM and wildlife monitoring and law enforcement while showcasing FCDO and other funding partners’ support to its development in the past decade (5 mins).
    • Part 1 – experience from the last decade: This will be followed by three fast moving 10 minute presentations by our expert Congo Basin civil society partners or international experts on the theme of ‘Independent Forest and wildlife Monitoring and law enforcement’ case studies. Experience from the last decade will be drawn and presented from Congo, Gabon and Cameroon. (30 mins).
    • Audience questions to the panel: Facilitated questions from both the live and remote audience to the panel to further clarify and critique on tactics and strategies to save Africa’s Congo Basin Rainforests, People and Biodiversity.(10 mins).
    • Part 2 – recommendations for the next decade: This will be a further 15 minutes round of presentation reflecting on ways forward for a stronger role of independent forest  and wildlife monitoring in saving the Congo Basin forests, people and biodiversity. (15 mins).
    • Audience questions to the panel: Facilitated questions from the live and remote audience to further clarify and critique the recommendations for way forward (10 mins).
    • Conclusion: The facilitator will conclude aiming to summarise the recommendations for action drawn both from the Panel and the Audiences Contributions. (5 mins).

    Meet the panel

    Moderator: Prof Philip N Dearden, CIDT – University of Wolverhampton

    Phil has spent his career working on practical development projects working at the intersection of environmental issues and international development. He has worked on many projects/programmes and undertaken capacity development work in over 50 counties.

    Convenor: Prof Aurelian Mbzibain, CIDT – University of Wolverhampton

    Aurelian is a Professor of International Development at the University of Wolverhampton and the Team Lead on Climate, Forests, Agriculture and Wildlife at the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT). His work and research are in forest governance networks, civil society, forest and wildlife monitoring and law enforcement. His recent publications have been in World Development and Forest Policy and Economics.

    Dr Jim Djontu, European Forest Institute

    Jim is a land use and forest governance Expert with the European Forest Institute (EFI). He has over 20 years on experience in the sector and has deep knowledge and understanding of development practices with various institutional donors and agencies. Jim has supported FLEGT and REDD+ processes in several Congo Basin countries. He is and ex-FLEGT/VPA Facilitator for the Republic of Congo.

    Harrison Nnoko, AJESH Cameroon

    Harrison is the Co-founder and CEO of AJESH. He has been very influential in the negotiation and implementation of the FLEGT VPA in Cameroon and was part of the CSO team of experts that analysed Chinese involvement in the forest and natural resources sector in Cameroon and the Congo Basin.

    Dr Alison Hoare, Chatham House

    Alison Hoare is a senior research fellow of Chatham House, with expertise in international forestry policy, forest governance, and natural resource use and trade. She has also conducted research on sustainable investment standards, infrastructure and climate change. She has previously worked with a range of environmental and forestry organisations, undertaking research, policy analysis and project management.

    Lilian Barros, Comptoir Juridique Junior (CJJ)

    Lilian is Permanent Secretary of Comptoir Juridique Junior (CJJ) and Coordinator of the Plateforme pour la Gestion Durable des Forêts (PGDF) in Congo. He is also Project Manager of the EU and FCDO funded PASGOF-SNOIE independent forest monitoring project. Lilian is a lawyer by training with over 15 years of experience in IFM, legal reform and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights.

    Françoise Van de Ven, International Tropical Timber Technical Association

    Françoise was Chair at UFIGA from 2015-2021. She has worked in Belgium in the wood sector and spent 18 years in DRC, including 8 years as a leader of companies in the timber sector and 9 years as Secretary General of the Federation of timber processing companies (FIB). Her long experience, extensive international network, and knowledge of the countries of the Congo Basin make her a resource person for all stakeholders. She also represents the Timber associations on the Board of Directors of ATIBT.

    Arielle Nkodo, FAO FLEGT Programme

    Arielle is an experienced forest and wildlife engineer with a special focus on tropical forests, community forestry, governance and forest sector policy, and Independent Forest Monitoring focused on the implementation of sustainable forest resource management processes (i.e REDD+, FLEGT and FSC). Through her work in Central Africa, Arielle has gained precious local insight and expertise. She takes special interest in support to local communities’ livelihoods through the sustainable use of forest resources, good forest governance and the fight against illegal logging.

    Sarah Thomas, CIDT – University of Wolverhampton

    Sarah’s work focuses mainly on supporting the organisational development of civil society and community organisations in the forest sector, and strengthening the effectiveness, sustainability and influence of networks and coalitions of Civil Society and non-state actors in governance and policymaking processes. She has worked with partner NGOs and networks across the Congo Basin and has also led civil society capacity development initiatives in SE Asia and Liberia.

    Richard Nyrienda, CIDT – University of Wolverhampton

    Richard’s key work is around researching and delivering interventions that seek to strengthen the capability of non-state actors to effectively engage in national and international policy processes around reducing deforestation and degradation, combatting illegal logging, and promoting the role of forest in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Over the last few years Richard has worked extensive


    Financial Contribution: CIDT will draw on its ongoing FCDO/EU funded grants to support and sponsor reasonable share of the pavilion costs to be agreed with FCDO and COMIFAC. CIDT will also support the participation of Congo Basin partners in case COMIFAC is able to issue accreditation letters and facilitate access to daily access passes to the Blue zone for the events.

    *The assumption being that they are able to gain accreditation with the support of COMIFAC and CBFP and obtain visas in time to travel.

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