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Information and knowledge can be powerful vehicle in connecting science and policy, raising awareness, and mainstreaming adaptation through effective communication means.
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17 July 2014

Its no longer about ‘doing good’, its about creating lasting positive change

WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

The global development community has been paying increased attention to the role of rigorous impact evaluation in recent years. This course is a considered blend of theory and practice to support better on-the-ground evaluations. Participants are introduced to the concepts behind rigorous impact evaluations: the counterfactual question, control groups, sample frames, bias and sampling methods, They are then presented information to build their own evaluation designs. This includes good questionnaire design, drafting evaluation terms of reference, management of surveys, quality control techniques, and database entry options. Finally, participants will learn about presentation and interpretation of results, and ways to disseminate important research findings.

PARTICIPANTS

Professionals who are involved in formulating, managing or monitoring interventions and/ or prepare, supervise or participate in impact evaluations. These can be desk officers, programme managers, task managers for a national or local government, for an international donor agency or for an NGO. Those actively involved in evaluation designs are encouraged to bring one of their projects with them, and so get hands-on help drafting a TOR, questionnaires, etc. No prior economic or statistical knowledge is required to attend this course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

To understand the nature and importance of rigorous impact evaluations, and other aspects of quality evaluation efforts. Beyond understanding, also to gain practical knowledge about designing and managing such tasks.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Introduction to the main arguments of “Poor Economics”
  • Introduction impact evaluations: why bother?
  • Developing your own evaluation methodology and terms of reference
  • Team work to critically review example evaluations
  • Developing your own survey questionnaire
  • Understanding the role and types of qualitative impact research
  • Introduction to cost-benefit analysis for impact

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Language: English
  • Dates: 08 - 12 September 2014
  • Course fee: € 750
  • Country: Hanoi, Vietnam
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Follow the link and register online: http://www.mdf.nl/course/peia-a/#.U8eZDJSSw6k

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

Mr. Yaseen Ariff
Marketing Assistant - MDF Asia
yaseen@mdfsa.lk
Mobile: +94 777 989 327
Tel: +94 11 2808121 or 11 2805122

Hanoi, Vietnam
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17 July 2014

So much knowledge, yet not enough shared ("KM is the art of creating value from intangible assets.")

WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?

Knowledge Management is a hot topic in both the commercial and the not-for-profit world of development cooperation. Most people deal with increasing amounts of information on a daily basis. Raw data and information only becomes knowledge when we know how to dig the value out of it. This is what knowledge management is all about. This knowledge management course focuses on the processes that capture, filter and disseminate knowledge in support of organisational goals, whilst recognising the importance and role of effective people management.

PARTICIPANTS

Learning officers, knowledge management managers, project managers, team leaders or consultants that would like to understand the tools and methodologies for managing knowledge flows within their organisation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course you will:

  • Understand what knowledge management is and what it can mean for you and your organisation
  • Be able to start a participatory process to develop a knowledge management strategy and facilitating processes and technology
  • Have insight in tools for collecting, filtering, storing and sharing knowledge
  • Have gained more confidence in how to stimulate staff in your organisation to become active actors in knowledge processes

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Knowledge Management (KM) concepts
  • Developing a KM strategy
  • People, processes, technology
  • Tools for capturing, storing and sharing knowledge
  • Discover & document good practices
  • IT systems & social media
  • Become a learning organisation
  • The human factor in KM
  • Motivating knowledge behaviour

COURSE DETAILS:

  1. Language: English
  2. Dates: 01 - 03 September 2014
  3. Course fee: € 450
  4. Country: Bali, Indonesia
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Follow the link and register online: http://www.mdf.nl/course/km-a/#.U8eVGJSSw6k

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
Mr. Yaseen Ariff
Marketing Assistant - MDF Asia
yaseen@mdfsa.lk
Mobile: +94 777 989 327
Tel: +94 11 2808121 or 11 2805122

 

 

Bali, Indonesia
07 July 2014

The art of writing…

What is this course about?
You have an excellent project idea and now the challenge of gaining access to funding is facing you. Should you respond to a request for services, call for proposals or approach a donor organisation directly? An attractive, convincing and honest proposal will increase your chances manifold! However, to write a good proposal it is essential that you have a good understanding of donors’ needs, formats, writing styles and regulations for reporting. A good understanding on how to turn clients’ needs into a convincing strategy and concrete activities in line with your organisation’s capabilities in a compelling way, is winning half the battle.

PARTICIPANTS
Staff members working for NGOs, universities, consultancy firms or government bodies who face the challenge to write winning proposals and accurate reports according to rules and regulations of the client.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of this course you understand the client’s demands, the contents of a tender dossier and guidelines and other donor’s rules and regulations and know how to analyse them. You will have discussed the coordination of the writing process and have received writing tips and styles to complete a successful proposal and report.

COURSE DETAILS:

  1. Language: English
  2. Dates: 25th - 29th August 2014
  3. Course fee: € 750
  4. Country: Dhaka, Bangladesh
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Follow the link and register online: http://www.mdf.nl/course/pwr-a/

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Tender and grant terminology and procedures
  2. How to find opportunities?
  3. Analysis of the terms of reference or guidelines
  4. Analysis of client’s rules and regulations for reporting
  5. Steps in your writing process
  6. Tips for attractive writing
  7. Communication skills
  8. Writing tips
  9. Appraisal of the proposal and report

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
Ms. Inez UsLeyanege
Marketing & Client Liaison – MDF Asia
inez@mdfsa.lk
Mobile: +94 77 3949041
Tel: +94 11 2808121 or 11 2805122

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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FAQs
What are the aims of the platform?

The Adaptation Platform is helping countries in Asia adapt to the challenges of climate change at local, national and regional levels through a process of capacity building and strengthening. Broadly speaking, there are three general aims: to establish a regional system for sharing of knowledge on adaptation to climate change, to generate new knowledge about it, and to promote the application of new and existing knowledge about climate change in Asia.

Who will benefit from this programme?

It is expected that many people will benefit from this platform. The immediate beneficiaries are most likely to be civil servants, researchers and development workers who will be equipped with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to promote climate adaptation strategies in their work. Eventually, the beneficiary pool will be very wide as climate knowledge is applied for the public good in diverse areas of work.

How are governments in Asia involved in this programme?

Government agencies and individual civil servants are able to share experiences, access information and get in touch with counterparts working in comparable situations in other countries through the joint training, research and networking activities offered by the platform.

What happens at the end of the three-year programme?

This field is developing so rapidly that it is hard to predict with certainty what will happen at the end of three years. Furthermore, many countries in Asia are experiencing such dynamic economic and social changes that in turn have impacts on how climate change is being experienced and addressed. Apart from the immediate benefits generated during the three years of operation, the Adaptation Platform will contribute to a substantial repository of knowledge and experience that will continue to be used by governments and the private sector in the future. It is expected that there will be ongoing input to the platform from those who have gained considerable expertise in climate adaptation strategies through this round of programme activities.

Does the platform replicate work that is already being done by others?

No, it does not. While there are a number of networks and partnerships for action on climate change, what the platform offers is a unique space specifically devoted to learning about adaptation strategies as they are being undertaken. The platform is solution-focused, enabling professional and technical staff to meet, network and share information and experiences on common sets of challenges in this region.

I’m already undertaking research on adaptation to climate change in my university programme. What can the platform offer me?

The platform offers ‘still-warm’ findings from the field - the most current feedback from the people working at the frontline of change and adaptation. At the crossroads of the disciplines, there are no experts. Instead you will find people who are marking out the parameters of this new and rapidly expanding field of study, and who may be potential collaborators and mentors in the future.

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