by John McCarthy & Joanna Dukkipati
The SERVE Team in Zimbabwe organised Capacity Building workshops in Results Based Management (RBM) & Advocacy and Youth Work (YW) for our SERVE Development Programme (SDP) partners: Tsholofelo, Tapologo & Young Africa (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia & International).
The SDP is being implemented with support from Irish Aid’s Programme Funding Scheme and other donors in Ireland and the UK. The SERVE Development Programme (SDP) 2012-16 is SERVE’S priority programme of work. The goal of the SDP is to reduce vulnerability and improve livelihood security for poor children, young people, women and men in targeted communities.
The workshops were held on 17th to 20th August in Harare. There were a total of 26 participants representing six organisations. The RBM workshops were conducted by CORAT, Nairobi and YW workshops by YouthLink, Belfast.
The RBM workshops focussed on identifying problems in communities and designing comprehensive and measurable responses. This is an important skill for our partners ability to measure their success, learn lessons and secure new donor funding. The RBM & Advocacy participants explained the benefits of these workshops as : ‘providing a new way of thinking about their work’, ‘gaining tools to counter the difficulty of acquiring funds’, ‘challenging them to ask if they are achieving the results they want’. Overall, the training reinforced the idea that there has to be ‘correct vision before the project begins’.
The YW workshops dealt with understanding the role of youth workers in communities. The programme was designed to address the issues of teamwork, conflict and developing child protection policies and procedures.
The YW participants learned to identify objectives to plan successful youth programmes, leadership skills and the various techniques of working in youth groups.
SERVE would like to thank facilitators Jackson Wachira (CORAT), John Peacock (YouthLink) & Chris O’Donoghue (SERVE) for delivering an inspiring four days of learning.
Also a huge Congratulations to all participants for completing the training and receiving their certificates!