Monthly Archive October 2016

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Impact Evaluation

The overall aim of the evaluation capacity development program is to encourage and facilitate promulgation of the use of evaluation information in policymaking and resource allocation in all levels of governments in the pilot countries. This would contribute to a culture of evidence-based decision-making in the public sector, and improve development outcomes of the public investment program.

The Impact Evaluation (IE) training is at advanced level and will cover concepts and methods of IE such as Randomized Controlled Trials, propensity score matching, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, case studies and any recent development in IE methodology. The training will also cover how to commission an impact evaluation and develop basic designs for case studies from participants’ own experience.

 

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Contract Drafting and Negotiations in the Mining Industry

This programme, customised for government officials involved in contract drafting and negotiations from various African Development Bank member countries, will enhance the capacity of professionals to effectively negotiate and manage natural resource agreements and participate in national and cross-border transactions in light of the legal, fiscal and social implications arising from the exploitation in the mining sector.

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Training of Trainers Course for Bank Staff

The overall goal of the course to adequately sensitize participants to the various branded project-related training packages that are offered by the Institute. Also, they are to be equipped with cutting edge skills for PIU staff training cum capacity development. The first objective is to build a critical mass of trainers across the Bank forproject/program-related capacity building activities. The second objective is to update participant’s skills and improve their capacity to Plan  training programs, lead sessions at training workshops and evaluate training outcomes.  At the end of the workshop, the participants will be equipped with cutting edge knowledge, skills and attitudes for designing and delivering and evaluating training sessions, with emphasis on adult in-service training.

 

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Operational Learning and Knowledge Series- Promoting a Culture of Results

The 17th Session of the Operational Learning and Knowledge Seminar Series, was jointly organized on May 6 2014 at the temporary relocation agency in Tunis, Tunisia by the Vice-Presidency for Country and Regional programs (ORVP), the Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR), the Bank’s Independent Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV) and the Delivery and Performance Management Office (DPMO) on the topic “Promoting a Culture of Managing for Results in Bank Operations“. The proposed session was co-chaired by Mr. Jacob Kolster, Director of the North Africa Regional Department (ORNA) and Mr. Simon Mizrahi, ORQR Director.

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Result Based Logical Framework for Water and Sanitation

The objective of the training was to improve capacities of OWAS staff in designing good RLFs and improve the monitoring of results, as part of OWAS M&E strategy.

This session proved to be valuable opportunity for the projects to expose the numerous doubts and problems they faced with regards to the designing of RLF for OWAS operations, and seek clarification from ORQR.

 

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Implementation Progress and Results Reporting

On April 7 2014, the Water and Sanitation Department (OWAS) and the Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR) carried out a training on the Implementation Progress and Results (IPR) rating methodology,

The training was specifically tailored to OWAS requirements.

The objective of the training was to improve capacities of participants to correctly apply the IPR methodology with respect to the assessment of performance of both the Development Objective (DO) and Implementation Progress (IP) ratings.

This session proved to be valuable opportunity for the projects to expose the numerous doubts and problems they faced with regards to the application of the IPR rating methodology.

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Private Sector Development

The training approach and program have been developed through a consultative process and structured around presentations illustrated with practical cases drawn from past and current Bank’s projects and delivered by Bank staff to facilitate exchange of experience

The aims of the course are to: 

  1. Raise staff knowledge of Bank’s financing and non-financing instruments, for PSD and PSO.
  2. Increase staff understanding of PSD-related themes (e.g. Public Private Partnerships; Policy and regulatory reform issues; Financial sector development and intermediation models).
  3. Raise awareness on how the PSD-lens can be applied to foster public-private joint activities

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Changing the Landscape of Capacity Development through ICT

by Foster Ofosu, Distance and eLearning Specialist. African Development Bank

Today, the whole world is very bullish about Africa: a decade ago, a respected magazine called Africa the hopeless continent; now even it is acknowledging that Africa is rising. Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth momentum has been maintained over the past two decades and the prognosis is good. Despite substantial progress in reforming the overall policy environment it would appear that many African countries may not achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This is partly attributable to their weak capacity in public and private sectors in Africa, which is acknowledged as a major impediment to the attainment of poverty reduction goals. It is therefore evident that no matter the amount of financial resources mobilised for Africa’s development, such funds will yield only limited or modest results if countries do not have the human, organisational and institutional capacity to absorb and effectively utilise them.

by Foster Ofosu, Distance and eLearning Specialist. African Development Bank

The landscape for education, training and skill development in Africa has changed drastically over the last 50 years. Africa has made meaningful headway in expanding access to education and training although opinion is still divided over whether quality and relevance have kept pace with access. Despite the successes achieved, Africa still remains the continent with the lowest access to education and training compared to other regions.

Today Africa is provided with tools in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to leapfrog the traditional development trajectory by adopting appropriate technologies, relevant methodologies to develop and deliver content that meets the needs of the continent. The ICT revolution in Africa is rapidly increasing connectivity across the continent, which also benefits capacity development activities. Internet broadband penetration has risen rapidly, from a meagre 0.1% of the population in 2000 to an estimated 7% in 2010. By 2060, coverage is projected to rise dramatically to 99% of the African population. In addition, mobile technology has permeated all regions of the continent with Africa witnessing one of the fastest growing mobile subscriptions in the world.

Recognising this trend, the African Development Bank’s recently approved Ten Year Strategy covering the period 2013-2022 recognises the significant leverage of relevant research and knowledge generated by regional and sub-regional institutions. The core mandate of the African Development Bank is development financing but we have also recognised that our success in achieving the ultimate objective of poverty reduction and sustainable development in Africa depends critically on the depth and wealth of our knowledge of the development challenges facing the Continent and individual African Regional Member Country (RMC).

The capacity development objectives as encapsulated in the Capacity Development Strategy, whose timeframe was 2010-2014, are as follow:

  • Enhance the development effectiveness of Bank-funded operations;
  • Strengthen regional member countries’ capacity for policy dialogue on key development issues; and
  • Build internal Bank capacity.

To meet our operational objectives and to help create a knowledge-based environment in Africa, the African Development Bank has embarked on an eLearning Initiative to expand the width, breadth and relevance of its capacity development activities. We believe that the implementation of an effective eLearning platform, access and content would directly make training more available to a wider audience. The eInstitute Portal is a virtual knowledge and learning space for knowledge brokerage. The portal is created to manage the Bank’s outreach through distance and eLearning and to build a culture of continuous learning through a community of practice and regular knowledge exchange.

The capacity development landscape is slowly changing. Technologies are advancing in Africa, the Bank is continually working with other stakeholders in the industry in Africa and beyond and people are embracing new approaches to training and learning. All that is needed is a more harmonised approach to getting people, technologies and content together to achieve a new level of capacity development.