Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
April 30th – May 5th, 2006
The Social Funds Team (HDNSP) in collaboration with the CDD Anchor (SDV) and with the support from the Africa and South Asia regions, delivered a highly successful five-day global training course focused on designing quality social funds and CDD operations. The workshop, "Sharing Growth, Empowering People: Community Driven Development" attracted 80 participants from around the world, the majority of which were social fund/CDD project staff, as well as government officials and country office staff. Close to two-thirds of participants came from the Africa region.
This was the first time social funds/CDD training was delivered in the field. Strong demand for the course was demonstrated by the willingness of project teams to invest time to travel to Tanzania. Over 20 countries were represented including Afghanistan, Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Yemen. Agenda (33kb pdf)
Learning from different country experiences was the part participants were most enthusiastic about throughout the workshop and the schedule was adjusted to provide for additional space for discussion to increase the cross-learning during the rest of the week.
Field visits – the peak of the event – were organized to seven micro-project sites, with the primary purpose of understanding how CDD is implemented on the ground, for linking theory with practice, and to experience first hand the successes and challenges of implementing CDD operations. This allowed participants to further exchange their experiences, compare and contrast them with their projects, and provided for a high-energy report and slideshow of photos the following morning. The field sites included three to Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) projects; two Participatory Agricultural Development and Empowerment Project (PADEP) agriculture development sites; and two UNICEF vulnerable children projects.
Emerging Lessons and Next Steps
While the formal evaluation results are still being processed by WBI, feedback from participants indicated that this was a very successful workshop, giving participants the opportunity to share and learn from global experience.
The high interest and energy level of the participants demonstrated that there is a significant need for training in the area of Social Fund/CDD operations.
There is a need for more training in the field. Although similar training was conducted in Washington over the last two years, hosting it in the field enabled a greater number of field and project staff to attend, particularly in Africa.
Strong demand for a similar workshop in Africa as well as in other regions was expressed by the participants.
Inspired by this workshop, a group of participants from Angola, Uganda and Sierra Leone is already planning an upcoming CDD/SF workshop in Malawi.