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Communication and Awareness(902)
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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23 April 2014

What is this course about?

With increasing pressure on development partners to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work, it is essential they have a solid grasp of the principles of Project Cycle Management. Project Cycle Management (PCM) methodology and its principle tool, the Logical Framework is the quality benchmark for project design and implementation. PCM begins at planning, and provides a road map for effective project execution and project decision-making throughout the project life cycle. Many donors insist on a PCM approach to ensure a results-based logic in the intervention and to minimise risk or the possibility of failure. This course is designed to enhance the efficiency of individuals, organisations and government authorities working on development project as well as increase the effectiveness of the project.

PARTICIPANTS

This training is ideal for staff of development organisation involved in the design, execution and coordination of project and programmes. This includes (future) project managers/coordinators, portfolio managers, desk officers and programme officers from development related organizations including donors, government departments, civil society groups, (I)NGO’s and charities.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the concept of aid effectiveness and trends in programme management (MfDR)
  • Understand project cycle management and objectives oriented project planning
  • Be able to identify and analyze a problem and formulate a project
  • Determine project objectives and select intervention strategies
  • Formulate a logical framework
  • Know how the logical framework can be used throughout the project cycle
  • Understand monitoring and evaluation through various methodologies

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Language: English
  • Dates: 09th – 13th June 2014
  • Course fee: € 750
  • Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

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

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trends in Aid Effectiveness
  • Why Projects Fail
  • Introduction to the Project Cycle
  • Objective-Oriented Project Planning (OOPP)
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Intervention Logic
  • Logical Framework (LF) Formulation
  • Risks and Assumptions
  • Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Formulation of Indicators and SOVs
  • Most Significant Change (MSC)
  • Personal Action Plan

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

Islamabad, Pakistan
23 April 2014

Are we on track to achieve the results..?

What is this course about?
Keeping track of the progress of a project or programme is key in determining the success and relevance of development interventions. The set-up of practical and user-friendly monitoring systems will greatly assist efficient project management. The M&E system should be based on identification of the real information needs of an organisation and systematically collecting and using data for good decision-making. This course explains how to go about it.

PARTICIPANTS
This course is for professionals who are involved in formulating, managing or monitoring interventions; and those who prepare, supervise or participate in evaluations. Typically this would include desk officers, programme managers, task managers for national or local government, for an international donor agency or for an NGO. Participants should already have a good understanding on the Logical Framework before joining this course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES 
This course will give you practical knowledge and skills how to monitor and evaluate projects, programmes and organisations. You will learn how to ask and answer common M&E questions, such as: Which information do we really need in order to understand our achievements on outputs, outcomes and impacts? Who determines, collects analyses and processes the data to obtain this information, when and how? How to efficiently integrate this into my organisational processes and management systems?

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Language: English
  • Dates: 02nd - 05th June 2014
  • Course fee: € 650
  • Country: Vientiane, Laos
    (The course fee includes lunch, snacks, course material and a certificate)

     

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

    COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Introduction to Results-Based Management and the Results Chain
  • Introduction to monitoring, types of monitoring, objectives and indicator design
  • Monitoring system design
  • Data collection tools
  • Information analysis for decision making
  • Integrating monitoring in your organisational processes
  • Evaluation types, criteria and formulating evaluation questions
  • ToR for an evaluation
  • Evaluation methods

     

    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

Vientiane, Laos
11 February 2014

Creative partnership for development…

What is this course about?
The importance of the private sector in promoting sustainable development, from the local to the global level, is undeniable. Businesses are making ever greater commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through involvement in community development initiatives. However, effective community development is complex. This easily leads to initiatives that are not sustainable, or to businesses just writing cheques for NGOs. Neither yields optimal results – whereas meaningful collaboration can. Businesses can benefit from working with NGOs that have a wealth of technical expertise, community knowledge and local networks. NGOs can learn from business approaches and material and non-material assistance to improve their work. Jointly they can develop efforts with lasting positive impact. CSR for community development provides many exciting opportunities for NGOs and businesses to work together!

PARTICIPANTS
Staff of businesses, multinationals, state-owned enterprises and small businesses as well as staff from INGOs, NGOs, community development workers who want to master CSR skills and understand how to incorporate effective community development initiatives into CSR plans.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
This course aims to introduce CSR concepts, discusses the different stages and modalities of CSR and the responsibilities these entail. You will assess your own organisation’s readiness to work with other stakeholders. Ultimately, this course aims to increase your success in CSR partnerships.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Language: English
  • Dates: 26th – 28rd May 2014
  • Course fee: € 450
  • 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/csr-a/

    COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
    The ISO 26000 model: pillars of CSR

  • Development cooperation, business sense of CSR, laws and roles of corporate sector
  • Community development: stages and modes of CSR engagement
  • Community development: strategy design and strategy formats
  • Develop partnerships
  • Corporate sector and NGO: cultural differences
  • Communication skills: meet potential partners

     

    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

Bali, Indonesia

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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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