Thursday, January 21, 2010

Project Cycle Management - Capacity Development, 14, 15, 18 January 2010

"The training helped to get focus about my future job!", "The cases were very interesting", "The course had a good flow! We remained active and involved". "When the day started I regained my energy and got involved! ". "It had a good balance between theory and practicals!"

On the 14th, 15th and 18th January 2010 the Hendrik Kraemer Institute organised a training on Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Capacity Development. The course was attended by participants from Togetthere, ICCO, Theatre Embassy, De Verre Naasten, GZB, Mensen met een Missie and the Hivos Knowledge programme.

The first day of the training, conducted and led by Simon Koolwijk, was focused on the steps of project cycle management. How to do a context and stakeholder analysis. How to define the problems and from there onwards build it to a logical plan with goals, results and activities. On the second day each participant got the opportunity to present their own future job description. All participants will somehow be in the position as organisational advisor, assisting local organisations in their development. Indonesia, Southern Africa, Sudan, Belgium and Congo were shared as cases where the development professionals will be involved.
How to do an organisational assessment? How to build engagement within the organisation? How will it lead to better service delivery to the target groups and beneficiaries? These were some of the questions that were delt with during the course. On the final day each participant presented a draft working plan, on how they might tackle a capacity development intervention. However, a 'draft is a draft', since it might be very likely that the local context in the aforementioned countries might be totally different. Therefore, the participants discussed the dilemma's on how to dealt with different situations and on how to involve colleagues more actively in your capacity development intervention.
An interesting article about "How to involve your colleagues" can be read at the ICCO blogspot of "Everything you always want to know about Capacity Development"

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