Sunday, April 26, 2009

Project cycle management & Capacity development - 20, 23 - 24 april 2009

"Very useful course! The capacity development was not only about planning, we also got acquainted with the analysis and the monitoring & evaluation part. We have learned many useful tools! Project management helps to support your thinking on how to make more effective use of your money......" These were some of the comments given by the three advisors, who participated in the training project cycle management/ logical framework and capacity development, which was organised on 20, 23 - 24 april 2009 by the Hendrik Kraemer Institute.


The three advisors coming from ICCO and Stichting Stephanos will be working in Cameroen and Malawi. One will focus on strengthening a local organisation in stimulating the process of certification of sustainable woodproduction and sales in Cameroen, while the other will focus on managing an integrated project in Malawi assisting orphans and local communities on education, health, water and agriculture.
The project cycle management part focused on working with the project design applying and working with the logical framework. The capacity development part was composed of elements of doing an organisational analysis & how to plan according to capacity development pillars such as HRD (Human Resource Development), OD (Organisational Development) and ID (Institutional Development). The last day part of the course was focused on monitoring and evaluation. According to an M&E video of an education project the participants elaborated the key questions for reviewing and evaluating a project. Some of the tools which were applied during this course can be found at the toolbox site of ICCO.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Article IAF Europe Newsletter - Facilitation of online learning

There is a nice article about on online facilitation. The article is published in the IAF Europe newsletter. IAF is the International Association of Facilitators, an association which promotes the profession of facilitation around the world.

Read from page 11.; Facilitation of online learning: an art and a profession Facilitating online requires different skills than face-to-face facilitation. E-facilitation expert Simon Koolwijk tells us about a unique course that teaches about communicating and facilitating in an online environment. Go to: http://iaf-europe.eu/newsletter/newsletter_april.pdf

Friday, April 10, 2009

Facilitation Methods - 8th April 2009

"Ownership starts when people can write down their own ideas!", "People feel appreciated when they feel they are being listened to!", "I learned a number of new tools!", "Facilitation is not easy, but really necessary to get groups going!". These were some of the comments of three development advisors for the development organisation ICCO.
Facilitation is one of the big needs in strengthening capacities of local NGO's, which are supported by ICCO. Building strong coalitions of NGO supporting each other in the areas of 1. Basic Services, 2. Market & Economic development, 3. Peace & Democracy Building are other areas, where facilitation is needed.

During the one day course on the 8th April 2009 Simon Koolwijk demonstrated three methods of facilitation; 1. Brainstorming, 2. Focus group discussions, 3. Caroussel. These basic methods provide an understanding on how facilitation works. In the afternoon of the training the participants practised and received feedback on their practicals. "It proved to be a useful and interesting training", commented the participants.