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    Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 25 Sep 2015
    Starting date: 12 Oct 2015
    Ending date: 16 Oct 2015

    A fundamental challenge in reducing poverty in pastoral areas is to ensure market access for
    sustainably produced goods while simultaneously maintaining traditional practices and
    nomadic lifestyles. Past efforts aimed at stimulating markets have often not worked because of
    a failure to address the systemic constraints in an integrated fashion. The key considerations in
    Making Markets Work for Pastoralists include building the capacity of the pastoralists;
    improving their access to inputs -health care , feeds and breeds to make it possible to produce
    high-quality livestock for markets; organizing services, finance, transport, marketplaces,
    processing facilities; strengthening actor relationships and improving policy environment.

    This 5 –days training equips trainers, rural development practitioners and service providers with
    the competencies needed to assist African pastoralists strengthen their position in the
    marketing chains for their livestock and livestock products and, by so doing, contribute to
    economic development and reduced vulnerability of pastoralists. The uniqueness of the course
    lies in the fact that it is fully based on real life examples of pastoralists’ value chains in Africa.

    Training Methodologies
    • Brief interactive lectures to introduce value chain concepts, principles and approaches
    (questions and discussions encouraged during the presentation)
    • Plenary exercises, brainstorms, role plays, group work followed by presentations and
    plenary discussions
    • 1 day of field work for chain mapping and analysis on a selected livestock and livestock
    product marketing chains located near the training centre.


    How to register:

    complete application form and submit to: training@iirr.org or call +254 20 2370039/43


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    Country: Uganda
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 07 Aug 2015
    Starting date: 24 Aug 2015
    Ending date: 28 Aug 2015

    The future of African small-scale producers depends on their ability to play an active and
    meaningful role in market dynamics. It is important that small-holders participate effectively
    in influencing value chains that link them to suppliers, traders and consumers. This way, they
    will be able to earn more from their crops, livestock and small businesses. This 5 days course
    equips development practitioners with the competencies needed to assist small-scale
    farmers, traders and businesses to strengthen their position in value chains and by so doing,
    contribute to economic development and poverty reduction. The uniqueness of the course
    lies in the fact that it is fully based on real life cases and lessons from African value chains
    that IIRR has collected over the years.

    Training Methodologies
    • Brief interactive lectures to introduce value chain concepts, principles and approaches
    (questions and discussions encouraged during the presentation)
    • Plenary exercises, brainstorms, role plays, group work followed by presentations and
    plenary discussions
    • 1 day of field work for chain mapping and analysis on a selected value chains located near
    the training center.


    How to register:

    complete application form and submit to: training@iirr.org or call: +254 20 2370039/43


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    Country: Ethiopia
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 21 Aug 2015
    Starting date: 21 Sep 2015
    Ending date: 25 Sep 2015

    The future of African small-scale producers depends on their ability to play an active and
    meaningful role in market dynamics. It is important that small-holders participate effectively
    in influencing value chains that link them to suppliers, traders and consumers. This way, they
    will be able to earn more from their crops, livestock and small businesses. This 5 days course
    equips development practitioners with the competencies needed to assist small-scale
    farmers, traders and businesses to strengthen their position in value chains and by so doing,
    contribute to economic development and poverty reduction. The uniqueness of the course
    lies in the fact that it is fully based on real life cases and lessons from African value chains
    that IIRR has collected over the years.

    Training Methodologies
    • Brief interactive lectures to introduce value chain concepts, principles and approaches
    (questions and discussions encouraged during the presentation)
    • Plenary exercises, brainstorms, role plays, group work followed by presentations and
    plenary discussions
    • 1 day of field work for chain mapping and analysis on a selected value chains located near
    the training center.


    How to register:

    Complete registration form available at www.iirr.org and sent it to training@iirr.org or call +254 20 2370039/43


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  • 03/06/15--05:44: Kenya: Outcome Mapping
  • Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 08 Jun 2015
    Starting date: 06 Jul 2015
    Ending date: 10 Jul 2015

    Outcome Mapping (OM) is an effective monitoring and evaluation methodology for
    planning and assessing development programs. OM focuses on socio-institutional change
    and provides a set of tools to design and gather information on development outcomes,
    defined as behavioral changes. It enables project implementers to track project influence
    on the progression of change among the project target. This helps project managers and
    implementers to take systematic and realistic thought about what they are currently doing,
    in order to adaptively manage variations in strategies set to bring about desired outcomes.
    OM was first introduced by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in
    2000, and is now appreciated by the donor agencies, NGOs and monitoring and evaluation
    professionals around the world as an effective tool to address complexity issues that
    traditional methods do not consider.

    The need for OM
    The current preference in the design and implementation of projects and programmes is
    focusing more and more on changing human behavior through stakeholder networks.
    Outcome Mapping is an effective approach that incorporates planning for behavioral
    change of partner organizations, network members and beneficiaries in order to achieve
    development results. It provides solutions for designing and measuring qualitative changes
    especially at the outcome level and can well be combined with other approaches such as
    Theory of Change.

    By the end of the 5 days training, participants will:
    • Understand and convey the core concepts and principles of OM.
    • Have practiced using outcome mapping tools and know how to focus on supporting
    social change in development projects or corporate and institutional initiatives.
    • Know how to blend the Logical Framework approach and Outcome Mapping in
    order to improve traditional methodologies and enrich project planning and
    implementation.
    • Be able to capture what is happening outside the pre-set development indicators in
    your intervention into the monitoring and evaluation process to enhance joint
    learning.
    • Be able to use OM as the basis for a learning-based management approach.


    How to register:

    Download and complete registration form available at www.iirr.org then submit it to training@iirr.org or call +254 20 2370039/43


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    Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 30 Nov 2015
    Starting date: 07 Dec 2015
    Ending date: 11 Dec 2015

    Making Markets Work for African Pastoralists

    A Training Course for Facilitators of Pastoralists’ Livestock Value Chains

    Dates & Location

    Kenya

    7th – 11th December 2015

    Course Fees

    Full board Rate: 1200USD

    Non Resident Rate: 700USD

    Introduction

    The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction has over the last decade evolved into a regional center of excellence in value chain and market capacity development. In the last five years IIRR has trained, couched and mentored over 450 community development practitioners from Africa in pro-poor value chain development and actor empowerment. The uniqueness of IIRR’s value chain courses lie in the fact that they are fully based on real life examples of value chains in Africa that IIRR has documented overtime. Participants in our trainings are able to use a range of tools to promote the development of market systems that are competitive in local, regional, and global markets. They learn to provide equitable benefits to women, the very poor, and other marginalized groups. Trainees also learn to strengthen the resilience of communities and become themselves more resilient to shocks.

    Course overview

    A fundamental challenge in reducing poverty in pastoral areas is to ensure market access for sustainably produced goods while simultaneously maintaining traditional practices and pastoralist lifestyles. Past efforts aimed at stimulating livestock markets have often not worked because of a failure to address the systemic constraints in an integrated fashion. The key considerations in making livestock markets work for pastoralists include building the capacity of the pastoralists; improving their access to inputs - health care, feeds and breeds to make it possible to produce high-quality livestock for markets; organizing services, finance, transport, marketplaces, processing facilities; strengthening actor relationships and improving policy environment.

    This 5 – days training equips trainers, rural development practitioners and service providers with the competencies needed to assist African pastoralists strengthen their position in the marketing chains for their livestock and livestock products and, by so doing, contribute to economic development and reduced vulnerability of pastoralists.

    Training Methodologies

    IIRR trainings employ innovative training approaches that include:

    · Brief interactive discussions to introduce value chain concepts, principles and approaches

    · Plenary exercises & presentations, brainstorms, role plays, learning from each other, learning from experiences of community and IIRR experts.

    · 1 day of fieldwork for chain mapping and analysis on a selected livestock and livestock product marketing chains located near the training center.

    Learning outcomes:

    After the training, IIRR course participants are able to:

    1. Explain the Marketing Chain, its concepts, principles and approaches and its role in sustainable economic development;
    2. Analyze African pastoralists livestock Marketing Chains using a variety of tools and steps, identifying constraints and opportunities for innovation
    3. Identify the steps for building engagement among and between pastoralist chain actors and between chain actors and chain supporters;
    4. Elaborate and design an inclusive and competitive pastoralists’ livestock value chain development strategy and the related action plan.
    5. Set up an effective participatory monitoring, learning and evaluation plan for a Market Chain Development Process applicable for African pastoralist livestock and livestock products
    6. Develop or strengthen their role as professional Market Facilitators, Trainers or Researchers on pastoralists’ livestock marketing chains.

    How to register:

    Please fill the attached form to register for the course.

    Mode of application

    To register for the course, please complete and send the attached application form to training@iirr.org with a copy to firew.kefyalew@iirr.org and admin@iirr.org. In case of any clarification, please contact the following:

    Kenya - Nyaboke Omwega boke.omwega@iirr.org +254 713379771

    training@iirr.org Office Tel: + 254 20 2370039 / 41/43

    Uganda- Pamela Nyamutoka pamela.nyamutoka@iirr.org Office Tel: +256 0414 664495/ 0754286331

    Mobile: 256 772 479039/ 256 702 479039

    Ethiopia - Zerihun Lemma - zerihun.lemma@iirr.org; Mobile: +251-911130300

    Mingizem Maru - mingizem.maru@iirr.org; Office Tel: +251-11-3212864;

    South Sudan - Isaac Bwire - isaac.bwire@iirr.org - Office Tel: +211955752094

    Mobile: +256772587929

    For more information, visit our website: www.iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 08 Feb 2016
    Starting date: 08 Mar 2016
    Ending date: 17 Mar 2016

    Fellowship available for limited slots through the USAID ADAPT Asia-Pacific.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserts, “there can be no food security without climate security”. This thought is central to this course. It equips participants with working knowledge about climate change and its links to food and livelihood security. It puts emphasis on building and strengthening participants’ capacity to facilitate community level climate change work. They will learn and practice participatory tools in designing and implementing climate change actions at the community level. Samples of farm and community level adaptation practices will be shared through case stories, field
    observations and community interactions. The course uses a combination of classroom instruction using adult learning methodologies, project visits and community level practicum where participants practice use of participatory tools.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants shall have:

    • Developed a shared understanding of climate change and its impact to food security and livelihoods;
    • Demonstrated the use of select tools for participatory climate risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning
    • Gained insights on strategies and techniques for strengthening community engagement and
    mobilization for climate change actions; and
    • Developed action plan to apply key learnings from the course in their work context..

    Who should attend

    • Project Managers / Mid-level Managers
    • Field Facilitators / Coordinators
    • Extension Workers
    • Others who care about community participation in program and projects

    Methodologies

    The course uses a participatory training approach. Short lectures are complemented by group exercises, case study analysis, plenary discussions and field visits to communities. The trainers are experienced IIRR professionals and others from organizations that practice engaging communities in climate change actions.

    Content

    Module 1: Basic Concepts, Science and Principles of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

    This module will provide the participants a basic understanding of the various concepts used in
    climate change adaptation and resilience building work. This will allow the participants to have
    a solid conceptual basis in partnering with communities on climate change issues. In addition to
    discussions of the science of climate change, there will also be discussions of the human and social
    dimensions of climate change. The concept of community-based adaptation will be shared in this
    module. Facilitators will share experiences in building adaptive capacities of communities and
    vulnerable sectors. The Climate Smart Agriculture Approach and CMDRR will also be discussed to
    highlight various technologies, practices, strategies and mechanisms that address climate change
    impacts by rural-based sectors.

    Module 2: Participatory Tools for Engaging Communities for Climate Change Work

    This module will start with basic appreciation of the importance of community engagement in
    climate change work. The participants will also learn and practice the use of participatory methods
    and tools to collect and analyze data for participatory climate vulnerability assessment and
    community adaptation planning. A field practicum will be organized for participants to practice
    the use of tools. There will be a panel discussion on IIRR field experiences on the use of various
    strategies to engage communities in climate change.

    Module 3: Strengthening Community Mobilization for Climate Change Actions

    Relevant and scalable interventions and strategies in climate change adaptation and mitigation will
    be discussed and analyzed to draw lessons and reflect on its implications on participants’ areas of
    work. There will be field visits to communities and institutions with exemplary models.

    Module 4: Action Planning

    In this module, participants will prepare an action plan that synthesizes lessons learned from the
    course and translates these into actions that will improve their current climate change programs
    and projects. Facilitators ensure that their action plans are based on the participants’ field realities
    and their organizations and program thrusts.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers:
    • course fee
    • meals and coffee breaks
    • double occupancy accommodation
    • course-related materials
    • field and agency visits, and
    • airport transfers.

    Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international
    airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.

    Those from government institutions can avail of fellowship support from Adapt Asia Pacific, please go to the Adapt Asia Pacific website to fill up the application form: http://www.adaptasiapacific.org/activities/training-support and submit to Piyachatr Pradubraj, ppradubraj@adapt-asia.org.

    When and where

    The 10-day course will be held at IIRR’s Y.C. James Yen Center in Cavite, Philippines from March 8 – 17, 2016. Course participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. IIRR offers an ideal environment for learning and reflection. Courses are held in our 50-hectare campus in Silang, Cavite, about an hour’s drive from Manila. Facilities include air-conditioned training rooms, open-air centers for outdoor sessions, a dining hall, and participants’ hostel and dormitories. We also have recreational facilities and nature trails.

    Course Highlights

    • Highly participatory methods (simulation exercises, focus group discussions, workshops, role play, video showing, case stories, games, field practicum, etc.)
    • Participants are active key resource persons, facilitators and learners
    • Field practicum that allows participants to practice participatory climate risk and vulnerability
    assessment and adaptation planning
    • On-site visits to IIRR’s demonstration garden and farm featuring climate-smart agriculture principles
    and other communities practicing climate adaptation farm production technologies
    • Action planning

    IIRR Regional Center for Asia
    Y.C. James Yen Center
    Km. 39, Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Silang, Cavite, 4118
    Philippines
    Tel: +63 46 4300016
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 03 Jun 2016
    Starting date: 05 Jul 2016
    Ending date: 14 Jul 2016

    The topic of community resilience has become more prominent in the recent years and is discussed together with themes such as climate change, social protection, sustainable development, macro-economic development and humanitarian response to emergencies. This is not without basis as in the past decades, the world has seen the impacts of disasters to community development. Disasters happen when a community with very low capacity cannot cope on their own when a hazard strikes.
    In 2012 alone, there were 357 recorded disasters that killed about 9,000 people and affected 124 million people. These disasters have cost the world US$ 157 billion of economic losses. This shows that disasters can automatically undo years of development efforts.

    Enter climate change altering the face of disaster risk, not only through increased weather related risks and sea-level and temperature rises, but also through increases in societal vulnerabilities such as stresses on water availability, agriculture and ecosystems. Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation share a common space of concern: reducing the vulnerability of communities and building resilience brought about by increasing uncertainties and risks.

    The most important question for those who acknowledge the importance of building community resilience is how to measure it. How do we know that we are on the right track towards community resilience? Measuring resilience and understanding the effectiveness of programs is a subject of several discussions in many development organizations. Based on literature, community resilience can be measured as an outcome, an end state that has to result from a set of interventions. The literature also point to measuring resilience as a process of how communities develop towards their own resilience.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants shall have:

    • Identified the building blocks of community resilience; • Discussed the approaches towards building community resilience; • Compared a range of frameworks for measuring resilience; • Develop a framework that suit their project/program; • Used participatory tools that complements their measuring resilience framework; and • Identified specific action for applying learnings in their specific work context.

    Who should attend

    • Middle-level Managers • Field Workers • Facilitators • Trainers

    Methodologies

    The course uses a participatory training approach. Short lectures are complemented by group exercises, case study analysis, plenary discussions and field visits to communities. The trainers are experienced IIRR professionals.

    Contents

    Module 1: Resilience Building: Concepts, Principles and Practices

    This module will tackle the concept of community resilience and the major approaches to facilitate resilience building. Participants will be introduced to a whole range of framework that brings together community development work, disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation and mitigation as important elements for building community resilience. Participants will share their current work and how these contribute to resilience building.

    Module 2: Designing Community Resilience Measurements Framework

    This module will look into designing community resilience measurement frameworks.The measurement framework includes identifying the outcomes to be measured using a set of indicators and how these can be measured. The participants will critically look into various community resilience measurement frameworks available. They will design community resilience measurement frameworks that fit their programs/projects. These will carefully consider. participatory approaches and facilitating learning into the overall design process.

    Module 3: Participatory Tools in Measuring Community Resilience

    The participants will be introduced to using various tools in Participatory Learning and Action as a methodology for facilitating a participatory approach to measuring community resilience. This module will also bring the participants to an actual on-going community resilience program to do field practical exercises. Participants will use select tools to measure some of the indicators of the program/project of IIRR.

    Module 4: Action Planning

    Participants will develop an action plan for implementation which are based on the realities of the communities and implemented in line with organizational, program or project thrusts.

    Course fee and related training fee

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers: • course fee • meals and coffee breaks • double occupancy accommodation • course-related materials • field and agency visits, and • airport transfers.

    Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.The training fees cover meals and coffee breaks, double occupancy accommodation, course-related materials, field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.

    When and where

    The 10-day course will be held at IIRR’s Y.C. James Yen Center in Cavite, Philippines. Course participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. IIRR offers an ideal environment for learning and reflection. Courses are held in our 50-hectare campus in Silang, Cavite, about an hour’s drive from Manila. Facilities include air-conditioned training rooms, open-air centers for outdoor sessions, a dining hall, and participants’ hostel and dormitories. We also have recreational facilities and nature trails.

    Course Highlights

    • Highly participatory methods (simulation exercises, focus group discussions, workshops, role play, video showing, case stories, games, field practicum, etc.)

    • Participants are active key resource persons, facilitators and learners

    • Field practicum that allows participants to practice participatory tools in measuring community resilience in an on-going resilience building program of IIRR

    • On-site visits to IIRR’s demonstration garden and farm featuring climate-smart agriculture as a strategy for building resilience in livelihoods, food security and nutrition

    • Action planning

    For details, email:

    Dulce Dominguez

    Dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 11 Mar 2016
    Starting date: 12 Apr 2016
    Ending date: 21 Apr 2016

    This course will provide participants with basic understanding of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and its relationship to climate change adaptation and disaster management. They will learn about the basic process and tools to facilitate community-managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR). CMDRR framework puts premium to building capacities of communities so they can facilitate their own risk reduction process. The facilitation role of development organizations is also emphasized. This course uses a combination of classroom instruction using adult-learning methodologies and community level practicum to conduct exercises using CMDRR tools.

    This course is a component of the NGO Disaster Preparedness Project, a joint project of IIRR and Give2Asia involving 6 countries in Asia. The project will connect donors with the most effective community disaster risk reduction programs in six of the most vulnerable South and Southeast Asian countries. It will also publish DRR research, perform online crowd funding for local projects, and make publicly available organizational information of groups implementing innovative local DRR work. A number of participants for this course will come from Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh all supported by this project.

    Course Objectives

    1. Develop a shared understanding of the concepts, principles and practices of CMDRR;
    2. Demonstrate the use of selected tools and conducted participatory disaster risk assessment in the community; and
    3. Identify strategies to sustain CMDRR in a community

    Who should attend

    Middle-level Managers Field Workers Facilitators Trainers

    Methodologies

    The course uses a participatory training approach. Short lectures are complemented by group exercises, case study analysis, plenary discussions and field visits to communities. The trainers are experienced IIRR professionals.

    Course Content

    Module 1. Concepts, Principles and Practices in CMDRR

    This module tackles disaster risk reduction as an emerging development paradigm and framework. Participants will learn of the history and the relationship of DRR to disaster management, climate change adaptation and ecosystems management. Resource persons will present the latest discussions on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Lastly, the participants will learn the four minimum requirements of a CMDRR process in the community.

    Module 2. Facilitating CMDRR: Methods and Process

    There will be an in depth learning discussion on the four minimum requirements of CMDRR namely, participatory disaster risk assessment, risk reduction planning, community organizing and participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning. Participants will learn how to use participatory learning and action (PLA) tools to conduct participatory disaster risk assessment and analysis (PDRAA) and to translate the disaster risk assessment results into community-level DRR plans and mechanisms for monitoring, evaluation and learning. A guided field practicum will allow participants to interact with community leaders and members and use these various tools.

    Module 3: Sustaining CMDRR

    Participants will learn how to facilitate documentation and sharing of CMDRR experiences as part of policy advocacy, resource mobilization, networking, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational learning. There will be a discussion on linking community organizations with other actors who are engaged in DRR and in accessing resources for CMDRR. Approaches to integrate DRR in various development programs and plans such as those related to livelihood development, natural resources management, health systems, development and education are also included.

    Module 4: Action Planning

    Participants will develop an action plan for implementation which are based on the realities of the communities and implemented in line with organizational, pro-gram or project thrusts.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers: course fee meals and coffee breaks double occupancy accommodation course-related materials field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez

    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 08 Jul 2016
    Starting date: 09 Aug 2016
    Ending date: 18 Aug 2016

    This course is intended to broaden participants’ understanding of Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) as a support to program/project management at different levels. PMEL is a tool for strengthening participation, enhancing local capacity, and increasing local people’s confidence and control over development decisions and processes. The course examines PMEL concepts and principles equipping participants with the skills on how to use methods, tools and techniques which have been tested and used in the field. Drawing from a range of significant experiences, the course also highlights key elements that enrich the application and maintenance of PMEL systems.

    Course Objectives

    1. articulated the rationale for the applications of PMEL within the context of the paradigm shifts in development work;
    2. identified various elements that constitute the application of PMEL;
    3. facilitated data collection and analysis using select participatory tools for PMEL; and
    4. identified practical applications of PMEL within the context of their own organizations or programs or projects.

    Who should attend

    Planning, monitoring and evaluation officers Program officers Project managers Research / action research officers Trainer / extension workers Community animators/facilitators Advocacy workers

    Methodologies

    The course will use participatory methods to stimulate learning and facilitate discussions and sharing processes. Case analysis, small group exercises and fieldwork will be the main learning methodologies.

    Course Content

    Module 1: Situational Analysis

    This module provides participants the opportunity to share experiences in monitoring, evaluation and learning from their projects/programs. This provides a shared understanding of the various pro-gram/project contexts represented in the course. It also reviews basic and emerging concepts in participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning.

    Module 2: Designing and Facilitating the PMEL Process

    The module focuses on the PMEL processes and details the requirements in designing and implementing PMEL. It shall cover developing log frames, formulating indicators and developing an M&E plan. It emphasizes the facilitative role of the development worker in the entire process and outlines the necessary attitudes, skills and tools in participatory data collection and analysis in PMEL.

    Module 3: Strengthening systems for PMEL

    Module 3 describes elements that support the establishment and maintenance of PMEL in the context of development organizations. It discusses the important factors in the implementation of PMEL and the key strategies that enable organizations to sustain, institutionalize, and expand PMEL practices.

    Module 4: Action Planing

    Action planning provides participants the opportunity to reflect on, synthesize and apply their learnings from the course through developing an action plan.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers: course fee meals and coffee breaks double occupancy accommodation course-related materials field and agency visits, and airport transfers Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 19 Aug 2016
    Starting date: 20 Sep 2016
    Ending date: 29 Sep 2016

    The course is designed to provide a general understanding on emerging trends and issues to sustaining household food security and nutrition amidst the challenge of climate variations and its associated risks. Participants will be engaged in discussions with development professionals, community-based organizations and other practitioners of well-proven and emerging technologies, practices and approaches to increasing the resilience of rural communities against climate risks. Participants will also be introduced to participatory approaches through field exposure visits to rural areas where community-based adaptation is practiced.

    Course Objectives

    1. gained basic understanding of the concepts, principles and relevant approaches to sustaining household food security and nutrition;
    2. increased their awareness on the risks and vulnerabilities posed by climate change and its impacts to food security;
    3. gained better appreciation of participatory approaches to managing food security risks and vulnerabilities; and
    4. identified innovative approaches for improving their respective food security initiatives.

    Who should attend

    Local and International NGO staff Government and extension personnel Researchers Faculty members engaged in food security programs and projects

    Methodologies

    The training course will feature balanced approaches to instruction by utilizing classroom lectures and discussions and field-based learning. Conceptual topics will be discussed within lecture halls while topics featuring community-based approaches and practices will be done on-site. It will also feature a roving workshop approach wherein participants will be introduced to the differential strategies for building community resilience based on the site-specific food security challenges of climate risks. Among the expected ecosystem-specific climate responses that will be featured in roving workshop are low-external input practices in rice-based agro-ecosystems; agroforestry and community forestry in forested lands; and coastal protection in coastal and/or fresh-water ecosystems. The training course will adopt adult learning methodologies that features sharing of knowledge and experiences by participants.

    Course Content

    Module 1: Understanding the concept of Food Security and Climate Change

    This module provides an overall understanding of the interconnectedness of of global issues such as food security, climate change and disaster. It defines food security concepts and explores the challenges posed by climate change. This is done by a discussion of the basic science of climate change and an in-depth analysis of its impacts to natural and human systems. A specific focus of the module will be on the impacts of climate change to agricultural systems, where the most-at-risk are located. An in-depth discussion on social & institutional issues will highlight the important role that institutions play in food security including the importance of collective action and property rights in addressing issues of food insecurity

    Module 2: Managing Challenges in Food Security

    This module is a two-part activity. The first part discusses the conceptual frameworks for understanding the interplay of local environment and food security considerations such as local socio-cultural, gender and institutional contexts in human nutrition and overall development. An overview of ecosystems and landscape based approaches to food security and livelihood is also provided. The second part is characterized by field visits to key ecosystems and communities to observe and analyze various food security considerations using participatory approaches. Guided discussions are conducted after every visit for the purpose of surfacing learnings and observations.

    Module 3: Strengthening and Sustaining Food Security Projects

    This module provides participants an overview of participatory approaches that are useful in enhancing and up scaling food security and nutrition projects in consideration of climate change challenges. Participants sharing of experiences in specific participatory tools are encouraged.

    Module 4. Action Planning

    Participants are to prepare an action plan identifying food security programs/activities taking into account their national or community’s food security con-text to strengthen people’s resilience in coping with threats to food security. Climate change adaptation and mitigation measures are to be integrated in the action plan.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers: course fee meals and coffee breaks double occupancy accommodation course-related materials field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 09 Sep 2016
    Starting date: 11 Oct 2016
    Ending date: 20 Oct 2016

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserts, “there can be no food security without climate security”. This thought is central to this course. It equips participants with working knowledge about climate change and its links to food and livelihood security. It puts emphasis on building and strengthening participants’ capacity to facilitate community level climate change work. They will learn and practice participatory tools in designing and implementing climate change actions at the community level. Samples of farm and community level adaptation practices will be shared through case stories, field
    observations and community interactions. The course uses a combination of classroom instruction using adult learning methodologies, project visits and community level practicum where participants practice use of participatory tools.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants shall have:

    • Developed a shared understanding of climate change and its impact to food security and livelihoods;
    • Demonstrated the use of select tools for participatory climate risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning
    • Gained insights on strategies and techniques for strengthening community engagement and
    mobilization for climate change actions; and
    • Developed action plan to apply key learnings from the course in their work context..

    Who should attend

    • Project Managers / Mid-level Managers
    • Field Facilitators / Coordinators
    • Extension Workers
    • Others who care about community participation in program and projects

    Methodologies

    The course uses a participatory training approach. Short lectures are complemented by group exercises, case study analysis, plenary discussions and field visits to communities. The trainers are experienced IIRR professionals and others from organizations that practice engaging communities in climate change actions.

    Content

    Module 1: Basic Concepts, Science and Principles of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

    This module will provide the participants a basic understanding of the various concepts used in
    climate change adaptation and resilience building work. This will allow the participants to have
    a solid conceptual basis in partnering with communities on climate change issues. In addition to
    discussions of the science of climate change, there will also be discussions of the human and social
    dimensions of climate change. The concept of community-based adaptation will be shared in this
    module. Facilitators will share experiences in building adaptive capacities of communities and
    vulnerable sectors. The Climate Smart Agriculture Approach and CMDRR will also be discussed to
    highlight various technologies, practices, strategies and mechanisms that address climate change
    impacts by rural-based sectors.

    Module 2: Participatory Tools for Engaging Communities for Climate Change Work

    This module will start with basic appreciation of the importance of community engagement in
    climate change work. The participants will also learn and practice the use of participatory methods
    and tools to collect and analyze data for participatory climate vulnerability assessment and
    community adaptation planning. A field practicum will be organized for participants to practice
    the use of tools. There will be a panel discussion on IIRR field experiences on the use of various
    strategies to engage communities in climate change.

    Module 3: Strengthening Community Mobilization for Climate Change Actions

    Relevant and scalable interventions and strategies in climate change adaptation and mitigation will
    be discussed and analyzed to draw lessons and reflect on its implications on participants’ areas of
    work. There will be field visits to communities and institutions with exemplary models.

    Module 4: Action Planning

    In this module, participants will prepare an action plan that synthesizes lessons learned from the
    course and translates these into actions that will improve their current climate change programs
    and projects. Facilitators ensure that their action plans are based on the participants’ field realities
    and their organizations and program thrusts.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers:
    • course fee
    • meals and coffee breaks
    • double occupancy accommodation
    • course-related materials
    • field and agency visits, and
    • airport transfers.

    Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international
    airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.

    When and where

    The 10-day course will be held at IIRR’s Y.C. James Yen Center in Cavite, Philippines from October 11– 20, 2016. Course participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. IIRR offers an ideal environment for learning and reflection. Courses are held in our 50-hectare campus in Silang, Cavite, about an hour’s drive from Manila. Facilities include air-conditioned training rooms, open-air centers for outdoor sessions, a dining hall, and participants’ hostel and dormitories. We also have recreational facilities and nature trails.

    Course Highlights

    • Highly participatory methods (simulation exercises, focus group discussions, workshops, role play, video showing, case stories, games, field practicum, etc.)
    • Participants are active key resource persons, facilitators and learners
    • Field practicum that allows participants to practice participatory climate risk and vulnerability
    assessment and adaptation planning
    • On-site visits to IIRR’s demonstration garden and farm featuring climate-smart agriculture principles
    and other communities practicing climate adaptation farm production technologies
    • Action planning

    IIRR Regional Center for Asia
    Y.C. James Yen Center
    Km. 39, Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Silang, Cavite, 4118
    Philippines
    Tel: +63 46 4300016
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 14 Oct 2016
    Starting date: 15 Nov 2016
    Ending date: 24 Nov 2016

    This course will provide a framework for an effective collaboration between farmers, extension professionals and scientists in the design, planning and implementation of agricultural field research and extension that are mutually owned by all actors concerned.

    Participants will learn to appreciate farmers’ roles and the use of participatory methods and tools to come up with a simple research design that can be implemented by farmers and researchers/extension agents. Participants will also learn to consider farmers’ perspectives and use of local and indigenous knowledge in actively implementing and monitoring agricultural researches.

    Research organizations work with farmers through two levels of staff: (1) senior staff (program coordinators, senior national re-search staff whose work involved both re-search and extension and networking with private and government sector partners and (2) field staff, including those limited number of partner NGOs (field extension officers responsible for implementing field research, collection of data, organizing training for farmers, running focus groups, networking with partners, etc.) The training is aimed at enhancing skills and behaviours essential for developing researches that are meaningful to farmers. This training course attempts to showcase how the two different levels of staff described above (researchers and extension officers) and farmers in structured and semi-structured learning events explore meaningful learning relation-ships that put premium to farmers’ participation.

    Course Objectives

    1. explored field realities and multiple perspectives in the practice of doing field research and extension;
    2. developed participatory methods and tools to engage farmers in the process/steps/activities of co- learning;
    3. effectively facilitated the process of co-creating knowledge through data collection, validation and analysis;
    4. analyzed the link between organizational theory of change and participants’ experiences in conducting field experimentation and research output dissemination; and
    5. identified ways to apply learnings from the course in their specific work contexts.

    Who should attend

    Agricultural scientists Researchers Extension personnel from the academe, research institutions, local and international NGOs and government agencies

    Methodologies

    IIRR uses a participatory training approach in the conduct of its training courses. Short lectures are complemented by individual and group exercises, plenary discussions and field practicum to practice select skills discussed. Facilitators are trained and experienced IIRR professionals while invited resource persons are management level staff of partner organizations.

    Course Content

    Module 1: Agricultural Research and Extension Practices: Challenges and Changing Paradigms

    Given the crucial role that researchers and extension personnel play in promoting improved agricultural production practices and livelihoods in rural communities, this module will give participants an avenue to share existing realities in the field. Participants will learn and compare their experiences with others and share good practices in community research and extension with other organizations.

    Module 2: Co-Creating Knowledge with Farmers: A Paradigm Shift

    Participants will have an in depth discussion on farmers’ changing roles and responsibilities in conducting community field research. There will be an analysis of the behaviours and practices that are supportive of farmer experimentation and innovation development. Participation and participatory tools that engages farmers and communities meaningfully in exploring agricultural innovations and opportunities for value creation will be practiced during the field practicum. Participants will facilitate data validation analysis and develop strategies and recommendations to sustain farmer-led and participatory action research.

    Module 3. Sustaining Research and Extension Partnerships

    Participants will explore ways to sustain partnerships with farmers and research and extension institutions to provide farmers the needed services towards better production and encouraging agricultural innovations from farmers.

    Module 4. Action Planning

    Participants will prepare an action plan incorporating key lessons learned from Modules 1 to 3. The action plan will serve as a tool to determine how participants’ intend to use and apply their learnings from the course upon their return to their respective institutions.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers: course fee meals and coffee breaks double occupancy accommodation course-related materials field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 26 May 2017
    Starting date: 20 Jun 2017
    Ending date: 29 Jun 2017

    This course is intended to broaden participants’ understanding of Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) as a support to program/project management at different levels. PMEL is a tool for strengthening participation, enhancing local capacity, and increasing local people’s confidence and control over development decisions and processes. The course examines PMEL concepts and principles equipping participants with the skills on how to use methods, tools and techniques which have been tested and used in the field. Drawing from a range of significant experiences, the course also highlights key elements that enrich the application and maintenance of PMEL systems.

    Course Objectives

    1. articulated the rationale for the applications of PMEL within the context of the paradigm shifts in development work;
    2. identified various elements that constitute the application of PMEL;
    3. facilitated data collection and analysis using select participatory tools for PMEL; and
    4. identified practical applications of PMEL within the context of their own organizations or programs or projects.

    Who should attend

    Planning, monitoring and evaluation officers Program officers Project managers Research / action research officers Trainer / extension workers Community animators/facilitators Advocacy workers

    Methodologies

    The course will use participatory methods to stimulate learning and facilitate discussions and sharing processes. Case analysis, small group exercises and fieldwork will be the main learning methodologies.

    Course Content

    Module 1: Situational Analysis

    This module provides participants the opportunity to share experiences in monitoring, evaluation and learning from their projects/programs. This provides a shared understanding of the various pro-gram/project contexts represented in the course. It also reviews basic and emerging concepts in participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning.

    Module 2: Designing and Facilitating the PMEL Process

    The module focuses on the PMEL processes and details the requirements in designing and implementing PMEL. It shall cover developing log frames, formulating indicators and developing an M&E plan. It emphasizes the facilitative role of the development worker in the entire process and outlines the necessary attitudes, skills and tools in participatory data collection and analysis in PMEL.

    Module 3: Strengthening systems for PMEL

    Module 3 describes elements that support the establishment and maintenance of PMEL in the context of development organizations. It discusses the important factors in the implementation of PMEL and the key strategies that enable organizations to sustain, institutionalize, and expand PMEL practices.

    Module 4: Action Planing

    Action planning provides participants the opportunity to reflect on, synthesize and apply their learnings from the course through developing an action plan.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers: course fee meals and coffee breaks double occupancy accommodation course-related materials field and agency visits, and airport transfers Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course one month before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be conveyed immediately to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Philippines
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 15 Sep 2017
    Starting date: 10 Oct 2017
    Ending date: 19 Oct 2017

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserts, “there can be no food security without climate security”. This thought is central to this course. It equips participants with working knowledge about climate change and its links to food and livelihood security. It puts emphasis on building and strengthening participants’ capacity to facilitate community level climate change work. They will learn and practice participatory tools in designing and implementing climate change actions at the community level. Samples of farm and community level adaptation practices will be shared through case stories, field
    observations and community interactions. The course uses a combination of classroom instruction using adult learning methodologies, project visits and community level practicum where participants practice use of participatory tools.

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants shall have:

    • Developed a shared understanding of climate change and its impact to food security and livelihoods;
    • Demonstrated the use of select tools for participatory climate risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning
    • Gained insights on strategies and techniques for strengthening community engagement and
    mobilization for climate change actions; and
    • Developed action plan to apply key learnings from the course in their work context..

    Who should attend

    • Project Managers / Mid-level Managers
    • Field Facilitators / Coordinators
    • Extension Workers
    • Others who care about community participation in program and projects

    Methodologies

    The course uses a participatory training approach. Short lectures are complemented by group exercises, case study analysis, plenary discussions and field visits to communities. The trainers are experienced IIRR professionals and others from organizations that practice engaging communities in climate change actions.

    Content

    Module 1: Basic Concepts, Science and Principles of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

    This module will provide the participants a basic understanding of the various concepts used in
    climate change adaptation and resilience building work. This will allow the participants to have
    a solid conceptual basis in partnering with communities on climate change issues. In addition to
    discussions of the science of climate change, there will also be discussions of the human and social
    dimensions of climate change. The concept of community-based adaptation will be shared in this
    module. Facilitators will share experiences in building adaptive capacities of communities and
    vulnerable sectors. The Climate Smart Agriculture Approach and CMDRR will also be discussed to
    highlight various technologies, practices, strategies and mechanisms that address climate change
    impacts by rural-based sectors.

    Module 2: Participatory Tools for Engaging Communities for Climate Change Work

    This module will start with basic appreciation of the importance of community engagement in
    climate change work. The participants will also learn and practice the use of participatory methods
    and tools to collect and analyze data for participatory climate vulnerability assessment and
    community adaptation planning. A field practicum will be organized for participants to practice
    the use of tools. There will be a panel discussion on IIRR field experiences on the use of various
    strategies to engage communities in climate change.

    Module 3: Strengthening Community Mobilization for Climate Change Actions

    Relevant and scalable interventions and strategies in climate change adaptation and mitigation will
    be discussed and analyzed to draw lessons and reflect on its implications on participants’ areas of
    work. There will be field visits to communities and institutions with exemplary models.

    Module 4: Action Planning

    In this module, participants will prepare an action plan that synthesizes lessons learned from the
    course and translates these into actions that will improve their current climate change programs
    and projects. Facilitators ensure that their action plans are based on the participants’ field realities
    and their organizations and program thrusts.

    Course Fees and Related Term

    The training fee of 1,800USD covers:
    • course fee
    • meals and coffee breaks
    • double occupancy accommodation
    • course-related materials
    • field and agency visits, and
    • airport transfers.

    Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international
    airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.

    When and where

    The 10-day course will be held at IIRR’s Y.C. James Yen Center in Cavite, Philippines from October 11– 20, 2016. Course participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. IIRR offers an ideal environment for learning and reflection. Courses are held in our 50-hectare campus in Silang, Cavite, about an hour’s drive from Manila. Facilities include air-conditioned training rooms, open-air centers for outdoor sessions, a dining hall, and participants’ hostel and dormitories. We also have recreational facilities and nature trails.

    Course Highlights

    • Highly participatory methods (simulation exercises, focus group discussions, workshops, role play, video showing, case stories, games, field practicum, etc.)
    • Participants are active key resource persons, facilitators and learners
    • Field practicum that allows participants to practice participatory climate risk and vulnerability
    assessment and adaptation planning
    • On-site visits to IIRR’s demonstration garden and farm featuring climate-smart agriculture principles
    and other communities practicing climate adaptation farm production technologies
    • Action planning

    IIRR Regional Center for Asia
    Y.C. James Yen Center
    Km. 39, Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Silang, Cavite, 4118
    Philippines
    Tel: +63 46 4300016
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


    How to register:

    For more information and to receive an application form, contact:

    Dulce Dominguez
    Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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    Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 30 Sep 2018
    Starting date: 15 Oct 2018
    Ending date: 19 Oct 2018

    Communities around the world, especially in Africa, are facing a serious of challenges towards establishing sustained progress due to the changing climate patterns. Farmers and pastoralists in Africa, who are experiencing delayed rains, work hard to bridge the gaps of food insecurity by adapting new ways. Rainfall variability and drought in many parts of Africa are some of the manifestations of climate variability. Indeed, climate change is happening and felt by communities. Equally, HIV and AIDS epidemic and famine are pressing communities threatening to drive them to the verge of disaster. Efforts of many development agencies face major setback if communities are not able to cope, and if risk is not reduced, hence the occurrence of disasters. Therefore, an approach that would safeguard the accumulated years of development gains is relevant. Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) and Climate Change Adaptation is an approach that shows the relationship between disaster, climate change and development, offering amicable solutions.

    CMDRR refers to building people’s capacity to prevent and mitigate the impact of hazards and reduce the degree of vulnerability of communities at risk through increased individual survivability and community readiness. Building resilient communities, therefore, means strengthening the foundation of safety and also enhancing disaster risk reduction measures so as to fully attain resilience against any impending hazards. Disaster solely happens when the foundation of safety is weak and disaster risk reduction measures are not in place. Climate Change Adaptation is a response to climate change that seeks to reduce the vulnerability of social and biological systems, including human populations, to climate change effects. Thus, this course on Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Building Resilient Communities is designed to respond to the call of the time.

    IIRR-Africa takes lead in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), with projects already implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

    Training period: 5 days

    Training objective

    The overall objective of the training is to strengthen capacities of the trainees to mainstream community managed disaster risk reduction concepts, principles and practices in the planning and implementation of community development efforts in their respective organizations.

    Expected outcomes

    The training is designed to achieve the following outcomes

    • Enhanced knowledge and skills of the trainees on the philosophy, concept and principles of CMDRR and CCA.
    • Built capacity to work with community members to initiate, develop, and implement community owned and managed disaster risk reduction (DRR) plans throughout the project areas.

    Course requirements:

    To be able to qualify for graduation, the trainees need to complete the following requirements:

    o Attend all the face to face training sessions

    o Take part in classroom individual and group activities

    o Take part in the field practicum

    o Present report of the field practicum findings back to the group

    Course Structure

    Delivery of this course will be highly participatory, combining presentations, plenary discussions, small group work exercises, focus group discussion, case stories and field practicum. Handouts will be provided to the participants whereas a field practicum will be incorporated to offer hands-on practice of participatory community risk assessment and planning.


    How to register:

    Email training@iirr.org


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    Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 31 Oct 2018
    Starting date: 12 Nov 2018
    Ending date: 16 Nov 2018

    IIRR pioneered the writeshop methodology and has been using it to build the capacity of organizations by promoting learning and reflection. There is growing pressure on development organizations to show evidence of their works. This requires systematic documentation, packaging and dissemination, which are weakness of many development organizations. Innovating Writeshop for Documentation of Impact is given as a five-day training program by IIRR.

    There are mainly two reasons that necessitate writeshops:

    1. For project or organizational learning to improve performance, results and impact

    2. For wider sharing or mainstreaming of experiences and knowledge and in networking and cooperation among the different development stakeholder groups beyond the local or project setting.

    The writeshop is a participatory process that brings together staff, facilitators, project partners and community members together with facilitators, editors and design specialists under one roof or a tree shade to produce simple, user-friendly materials in a short period of time.

    This training program is designed to capture, distill, peer review, and widely share lessons of evidence from the field. It builds on the experiences of various actors involved in a project or program implementation to come together and document their change stories from the field and share widely with their communities, institutions, donors, local government collaborators and other stakeholders.

    By the end of the training program, participants are expected to have improved their writing and analytical skills; have enhanced capacity to capture evidence from their work; have improved their confidence in conducting their own writeshops. They will also be able to polish draft cases they will bring to the writeshop and develop an action plan.

    The training program will focus on the following learning outcomes:

    • Participants use written and oral communications to tell community-relevant stories and explain complex situations, helping them act as facilitators of change processes at the community level.
    • Participants can analyze information and reach their own evidence-based conclusions.

    • Use facilitation skills, consensus building, peer reviews and the promotion of respectful dialogue

    • Identify issues that are relevant to the community, and frame them in feasible projects and programs

    • Utilize a variety of evidence bases, and develop collaborative work plans with partner groups

    • Deliver effective presentations to general and specialized audiences

    • Articulate and defend the significance of community projects

    • Write effective reports, from meeting minutes to grant proposals

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    Training participants are guided on the writeshop methodology, which will enable them to efficiently organize, facilitate and manage the pre-production, production and post-production requirements of the desired document. The writeshop will enable them to consolidate experiences by compiling resources, reference materials, and stories of best practices.

    By the end of the course, participants are expected to have:

    • Improved their writing and analytical skills

    • Acquired basic skills and capacity in producing written materials

    • Appreciated the roles and responsibilities of all writeshop players

    • Improved their confidence in conducting their own *writeshop*s; and

    • Improved knowledge to replicate/share learning from the course


    How to register:

    Email training@iirr.org


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    Country: World
    Organization: Center for International Peace Operations

    Crisis management and peacebuilding missions rely on the availability of well-prepared individuals. The design and delivery of well structured, effective educational programmes that meet organisational and individual needs are wholly reliant upon the abilities of the trainers entrusted with imparting the requisite knowledge and skills to their learners. For this reason, this free training package aims to be a guide to good practice in designing and delivering training.
    It contains core information that will help to strengthen and/or refresh the knowledge and skills of personnel and subject-matter experts delivering training events in civilian crisis management missions worldwide.

    You will get access to:

    • a ToT Facilitator's Guide
    • a ToT Participant's Manual
    • ToT course presentation slides
    • ToT course templates (agenda, course concept, logistical information, participant list)
    • ToT handouts

    By passing on the lessons that the ENTRi consortium partners have collected on their own and through their peers over many years of conducting training, we hope to extend the impact and knowledge to future projects and generations.
    By sharing effective training techniques, tested methodologies, critical learning objectives, sample session plans and templates, amongst others, we aim at saving you precious time and resources.


    How to register:

    This training package has been developed to provide a sustainable and free resource to trainers and subject matter experts worldwide. Just click here or on the download button on the ENTRi packages website, fill out a short anonymous questionnaire and proceed to the download.


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    Country: World
    Organization: Center for International Peace Operations

    The ENTRi project has developed a comprehensive evaluation framework applicable for all training efforts offered under the ENTRi umbrella or elsewhere. All ENTRi training activities are evaluated under this evaluation framework to support quality in training, sustainable use of resources and impact on the working environment in missions. This toolkit consists of different documents from the ENTRi evaluation mechanism.

    You will get access to:

    • Evaluation Framework
    • Sample Course Evaluation Forms
    • Sample In- and Out-Tests
    • Sample 6-Month Post Questionnaire
    • Sample Training Impact Evaluation Mission (TIEM)

    The main purpose of this evaluation toolkit is to provide a sustainable and free resource to trainers and subject matter experts worldwide. Interested parties can use it to improve future training activities and projects through feedback regarding lessons learned and to provide a basis for accountability, including the provision of information to the donor, the public and interested third parties.


    How to register:

    This toolkit has been developed to provide a sustainable and free resource to trainers and subject matter experts worldwide. Just click here or on the download button on the ENTRi packages website, fill out a short anonymous questionnaire and proceed to the download.


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    Country: World
    Organization: Center for International Peace Operations

    Crisis management and peacebuilding missions rely on the availability of well-prepared individuals. The design and delivery of well structured, effective educational programmes that meet organisational and individual needs are wholly reliant upon the abilities of the trainers entrusted with imparting the requisite knowledge and skills to their learners. For this reason, this free training package aims to be a guide to good practice in designing and delivering training.

    It contains core information that will help to strengthen and/or refresh the knowledge and skills of personnel and subject-matter experts delivering training events in civilian crisis management missions worldwide.

    You will get access to:

    • a ToT Facilitator's Guide
    • a ToT Participant's Manual
    • ToT course presentation slides
    • ToT course templates (agenda, course concept, logistical information, participant list)
    • ToT handouts

    By passing on the lessons that the ENTRi consortium partners have collected on their own and through their peers over many years of conducting training, we hope to extend the impact and knowledge to future projects and generations.

    By sharing effective training techniques, tested methodologies, critical learning objectives, sample session plans and templates, amongst others, we aim at saving you precious time and resources.


    How to register:

    This training package has been developed to provide a sustainable and free resource to trainers and subject matter experts worldwide. Just click here for the English version or here for the Portuguese one.
    Alternatively, click on the download button on the ENTRi packages website, fill out a short anonymous questionnaire and proceed to the download.


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    Organization: Center for International Peace Operations
    Country: World

    Crisis management and peacebuilding missions rely on the availability of well-prepared individuals. The training packages are available for free and contain core information and materials that will help strengthen or refresh the knowledge and skills of training organisers and subject-matter experts delivering or implementing trainings worldwide.

    The packages can be edited and adapted according to need and local context. They include tested methodologies and learning objectives that captured past lessons learned of training providers. A dedicated ENTRi working group on package development was created for the task, consisting of eight members, all of which are experienced training institutes.

    You will get access to:

    • a Human Rights Facilitator's Guide
    • Comprehensive HR course presentation slides
    • Sample In and Out Tests

    How to register:

    This training package has been developed to provide a sustainable and free resource to trainers and subject matter experts worldwide. Just click here for the English version.
    Alternatively, click on the download button on the ENTRi packages website, fill out a short anonymous questionnaire and proceed to the download.


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