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Motivating the project team members

Written by Andrew Payne |  Brussels

 

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Experienced project managers know that there are times when Gantt charts, waterfall diagrams, work breakdown structures, or even good old fashioned critical paths – even giant, impressive red ones – aren’t enough to help project team members advance towards the finish line. Sure, they can help. But they need a little (or, sometimes, a lot of) something else: motivation.

The major task of a project manager is to encourage every team member to be motivated and committed to the project’s success.

During times, people realised the importance of motivation and some important theories appeared:

  1. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory – Works on the assumption that the behaviour of individuals at a particular moment is usually determined by their strongest need and is based on hypothesis that within every human being there exists a hierarchy of five needs.
  2. Mcclelland’s Achievement Motivation Theory – Based on recognition of three needs in work-place situations: need for achievement, need for affiliation, need for power
  3. Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene theory – Based on the conclusion that people have two different categories of needs: hygiene factors , motivating factors.
  4. Expectancy Theory – This theory argues that the strength of a tendency to act in a certain way depends on the strength of an expectation that the act will be followed by a given outcome and on the attractiveness of the outcome to the individual. It includes three variables: attractiveness, performance-reward linkage, effort-performance linkage.

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My field of work is everchanging and I am constantly working on new subjects. In the last 8 years I had the pleasure of being part of more than 20 teams (team member/team leader; event/project/communication manager) and I learned some tips and tricks about keeping people motivated:

  1. Goal Setting – this is the most helpful discussion you can have with your team members. I like to have “start-middle-end goal” setting sessions with each member individually because I can better measure the growth and level of satisfaction/motivation of my members.
  2. Feedback – encourage feedback from the first day. I encourage constant feedback in my team because this is what makes us grow and improve ourselves on both personal and professional sides.
  3. Involvement – always involve your team members in the decision making process
  4. Equality – don’t make differences between you and them and especially between them.
  5. Rewards and Recognition – never forget to provide recognition for your members hard work, a single “Thank you for your hard work” can get you a long way. Reward creativity instead of mindless conformity
  6. Trainings – keep your team’s hunger for knowledge constantly fed up and prepare some professional/personal trainings for them or implement a mentoring program for your team.
  7. Have fun – don’t get stuck only in formal meetings, informal gatherings are the most important ones because they bring your team closer. I find it really important to create a team of friends.

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PRESS CAFÉ: WOMEN IN CONFLICT

19th October | Thon Hotel EU, Brussels

presscafe-3While men play the largest roles in conflict, women and children are usually the ones who suffer most of the repercussions in war – whether we talk about (sexual) violence, loss or post-traumatic stress disorder. Women and girls are generally the most affected by armed conflicts and/or disaster, which leads to lack of security and often, exclusion from participation in the economic, social and political decision-making processes. Even in the 21st century and even in the developed world, women have to face gender inequality; this offers an idea on how mistreated they are within the developing world, not to mention conflict areas.

In order to create the setting for an in depth conversation, ISC Paris and World Solidarity Forum partners organised a second Press Café: Women in Conflict, with focus only on these issues and challenges.

The Press Café is part of a Networking series where each participant has the opportunity to join a discussion circle of their interest. Rotation will take place every 20 minutes, enabling the participants to take part to three different thematic tables.

Moderator: Antonina Radeva – Human Rights Expert (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Climate Change)

Discussions circles

Women’s Treatment – Olga Frańczak (European Women’s Lobby)

Ms. Frańczak has taken the audience through a complex overview of women’s treatment within conflict, touching upon women’s situation in armed conflict, the military dsc_0092and unarmed conflict. Talking about armed conflict, she argues that sexual assault and rape are not only acts of violence, but also an aspect of political and economic violence. Citing the example of Kashmir conflict, she explains that women’s treatment is a tool of political manoeuvres – ‘ethnic cleansing rape’, where the Indian Forces are ‘making’ women bear children for the ‘enemy’ community. In such cases, happening elsewhere as well, women are even more victimised. Not only do combatants see their bodies as legitimate battlefields, but their own communities (gender bias women’s cleanliness) then reject and ostracise them for what they have endured (loosing of economic assets).

Regarding military participation, Ms. Frańczak added that women tend to be ‘bullied’ over their duties in the army. While women are asked if they ‘sold Girl Scout cookies’, men get handshakes and ‘Thank you for your
service’. Moreover, after coming back from the army, there are less job opportunities for women, despite the fact that they learned the same skills as their male colleagues.

Moving to unarmed conflict, it was highlighted that during time of peace, cooperation and prosperity, women’s sexuality (motherhood) are her private sphere and they are respected. Nonetheless, we can see that Right Wing politics puts women at the heart of their politics, but only regarding one role – “producing” more children (it’s not even about actual, consensual and joyful motherhood).

What is more, whether we refer to armed or unarmed conflict, official acts do not address women directly, women are often used as a battlefield (armed conflict –whoever controls women’s productive and reproductive power has the advantage; or women’s rights are used as a political issue – unarmed conflict)

Women Disabled by War – Nada de Murashkin (UN mission in Darfur)

dsc_0064Speaking from her personal experience in Darfur, Ms. Nada de Murashkin discussed how in conflict affected areas, men and women have different mobility patterns, as they have different vulnerabilities and exposure to mines and other remnants of war; for example, women’s activities in gathering fuel, food, and water. This risk means that women and children are victims of mines and unexploded ordnance (such as grenades, rockets, and other devices that do not explode on impact). While men are the majority of victims, the impact on women is gendered and leaves them further vulnerable to isolation, poverty, and death.

In some countries, women have less access to healthcare once an accident occurs. This is due to social laws that forbid male physicians to treat a woman, and a lack of female health workers, meaning that women are more likely to die from their injuries. Further, men left disabled by the remnants of war are often cared for by their wives and families, however, disabled women are often further marginalised and ostracised by the community and abandoned by their husband and families. This leaves them not able to find a husband, work, or care for children, and further exposes them to poverty and marginalisation.

While providing risk education messages targeting women is useful, conflict can leave large areas of land contaminated by mines and other unexploded ordnance, so women have no other choice but to work on contaminated land in order to feed their families. One way to empower women disabled by war is to integrate them into the wider disabled community, and provide resources, healthcare and training that increases their mobility, health, and economic opportunities.


Women Taking a Stand – Angelika Hild (European Young Feminists) & Eke Celine Fabrequette (ACP YPN)

Ms. Hild and Ms. Fabrequette hosted a joint discussion circle where theydsc_0060 have introduced and analysed instances of feminist movements and activism/empowerment in the Global North and South. As central points they have chosen ‘Repeal the 8th’ Movement (Ireland), women holding ‘Shadow Peace Talks’ (Ukraine), Pretoria Girls High (South Africa) and role of women in the elaboration of a peace agreement (Columbia).

Political and Social (Media) Movements

Ms. Hild has explained how Ireland has seen a sinuous development of the Abortion Law. But, since 2015, the Irish pro-choice movement is getting loud again. Prominent actors came forward and shared their abortion stories; for example, famous Irish writer and director, Graham Linehan and his wife Helen, talked about their experience of a pregnancy with a foetus which had a 100% mortality rate. They spoke about their decision to have an abortion in the UK in a video to support Amnesty International’s ongoing campaign (#sheisnotacriminal) to have abortion decriminalised in Ireland.

Various protests and demonstrations have been held around Ireland (and the world) in order to ‘Repeal the 8th’ amendment. Big demonstration organised in Dublin, with similar events in more than 20 cities world.  Many young people are at the forefront, but also older women who already protested 20 years ago. More than the physical protests, there is also an enormous social media campaign tackling the subject. The online activity shows that the movement is more than just ‘abortion’. While a percentage of anti-choicers does cite the life of the unborn, the ‘real’ topic often centres on morals and the belief that women should be punished for ‘not keeping their legs shut’.

Ms. Fabrequette has highlighted the case of Pretoria Girls High, in South Africa – more specifically, the case of pupils who claim they have been subjected to racism and that their blackness has been discouraged. As a result of the school’s ruling – where African hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids are forbidden – students held a protest at the school to voice anger against the alleged longstanding rule. Similar to the case of Ireland, the demonstration has entered the online sphere, with various campaigns over social media have blasted.

Programmes or initiatives for women empowerment in conflict

Moving to empowerment actions, the guest speakers have presented and discussed the Ukrainian and Columbian cases. In Ukraine, a group of around 100 women are holding ‘Shadow Peace Talks’ since July 2016 as a means to brainstorm about ways to help end the conflict that began in April 2014 between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. Even if studies say that women should be highly active in the peace process, women in Ukraine are still not involved enough in the official proceedings. In Columbia, on the other hand, women have played a great role in the elaboration of a peace agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC).  The accord pledges to improve access to land for women farmers through a land bank and subsidies, and seeks to encourage rural women to move away from growing coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, by providing creches and other kinds of support.

Women Refugees – Isabella Eisenberg (Formerly with Relief and Reconciliation for Syria)

dsc_0068In 2011, there were (very roughly) 21M inhabitants in Syria. Out of those, (very roughly) two thirds (~14M) have left their pre-war homes (are displaced) and (very roughly) one third (~7M) still lives in their pre-war homes. Out of those displaced, about half have been displaced within the country (IDPs), and the other half have crossed international borders, mainly into neighbouring countries. Figures show around 7M IDPs, around 5M registered refugees in neighbouring countries (alongside many more who have not been registered), plus 500,000 refugees registered in Europe (by late 2015). This means that out of those registered as refugees, the vast majority, about 90%, remains in neigbouring countries, with only ~10% reaching Europe.

In media portrayals of the refugee crisis we have seen many more men than women present in the discourse. Yet, those same media often overlook the fact that in the neighbouring countries, men and women refugees amount to very similar numbers; there are roughly as many female as male refugees. Moreover, roughly half of all refugees in neighbouring countries are under 18s with the women being those mainly in charge of looking after them. (There are over 2,5M refugee children, out of which many have been out of school for several years; hence the “lost generation”). On the other hand, in Europe, men amount to (very roughly) 70% of Syrian refugees, and only about 15% are women and 15% children.

Focusing on the women’s situation in the neigbouring countries, Ms Eisenberg discussed the challenges they are facing on a daily basis. Both those living in refugee camps (roughly 10%) and those making do with other forms of shelter (roughly 90%, the vast majority) are coping with desolate housing and living conditions. Basic goods, such as electricity, clean water and food are often missing. Also, there are major tensions between host and refugee communities and constant instances of bullying (at best) and serious physical violence (at worst) directed against the refugees. For many refugee women and children, violence has become a normalised part of life. Domestic violence is widespread and women make excuses for male violence directed towards them. In addition, forced and child marriage is also common. Some families see marrying off their young daughters as an opportunity to keep their daughters safe, to protect family honour, and to get out of poverty given their limited economic options.

PRESS CAFÉ: DEMOCRACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

21st September | Press Club, Brussels

whatsapp-image-2016-09-22-at-01-53-54“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” ― the now famous Winston S. Churchill quote from the XXth century reads.

With contemporary crises faced by EU today, it is time to critically re-evaluate if our adopted system works, for whom and if it is possible to make it work for everyone? In order to answer these questions, ISC Paris and World Solidarity Forum Partners have hosted the first Press Café series: Democracy in the 21st Century at the Press Club Brussels. Participants were invited to join various thematic tables to discuss the contemporary challenges faced by democratic movements today.

FRAMEWORK

The Press Café is a part of the Networking series organised by the World Solidarity Forum where a main topic is proposed. Various aspects related to the main topic will then be chosen by experts in the field and each participant will be invited to join a discussion circle of their interest. Rotation will take place every 20 minutes, enabling the participants to take part in more thematic tables.

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DISCUSSION CIRCLES

Transparency – the key to democratic EU? – Guilherme Seródio – DiEM25 Belgium

DiEM25 is a pan-European, cross-border movement of democrats, launched in 2015 by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, under the premises that the European Union is disintegrating. Activists of diverse political traditions – Green, radical left, liberal – came together from Europe and abroad, in order to repair the EU. The EU needs to become a realm of shared prosperity, peace and solidarity for all Europeans.

Guilherme Seródio (DiEM25 Belgium) firstly offered an overview of DiEM’s format and goals. The discussion following the introduction centred around current failures of transparency at EU level and what is to be done, by whom in order to make transparency an attainable objective. Several important points were highlighted:

  • There is a lot of transparency already in practice but the European Commission is not great at reaching out to its citizens. Moreover, a lot of information fed into the EC is simply lost and as an individual, there is no way to know when there is a consultation or how to participate effectively in it. Once the process has finished, citizens have no way to know the weight or consideration given to their inputs – and so, “consultations might equal a lack of transparency”, a semblant to democracy, an appearance of participation that is then disregarded in the process.
  • Questions of whether there is a genuine interest in involving the civil society in the EU decision-making process were also raised. Unfortunately, due to the lack of trust in representatives results in a change in the civic psyche – the relation between the people and the governments is broken, and people are very detached from the EU as they believe they don’t have a say.
  • Finally, but most importantly, education is the key to positive changes. Clear, participatory frameworks where the civil society can operate should be made available to all citizens if we want to go in the right direction.

Western Media Democracy. The case of reporting on Human Rights violations in Europe vs South Asia, Kashmir – Imran Chouhdary – Samaa TV

It’s been almost 70 years since the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet the concept of universalism is highly debatable. While the developed countries are enjoying relatively high indexes in terms of the respect for human rights, the situation is not the same at the global level. Looking at the developing countries, and conflict zones in particular, we realise that not even the most basic rights are being valued.

Having this as an overarching topic, Imran Chouhdary – Journalist at Samaa TV, discussed the case of the Kashmir Conflict. Since the killing of Kashmiri freedom militant Burhan Wani, a curfew was imposed in Indian Administered Kashmir, not allowing people to go in or out of the region. Jammu and Kashmir Police and Indian paramilitary forces used pellet guns, tear gas shells, rubber bullets, as well as assault rifles, resulting in the deaths of more than 70 civilians, with over 7,000 civilians injured – and this goes relatively unreported.

Human rights should be universal and all conflict affected areas should be treated with the same respect if we want to achieve peace and functional societies around the world, yet currently this is not the case. What is more, in terms of media coverage of these issues we observe that not all parts of the world receive equal attention. It is because certain lives are valued more than the others? Especially in opposition to “white lives”? These have been some of the main questions discussed.

Is Democracy Up to the Challenge of Climate Change? – Antonina Radeva – Independent Consultant

Climate change is real and it is happening. Even if global leaders, authorities or simple citizens do not seem to agree on this issue, experts have given us the facts. All facts and figures show an increase in global warming and many actors have already long started tackling this issue.

Antonina Radeva argued that climate change is one of the biggest threats the planet is facing and that it is time to compromise, coordinate, act and change! Given that other aspects of the world are prioritised (economy, politics, migration, health and security), climate change tends to be perceived in isolation. The effects are clear though: severe storms, damaging droughts, heat waves, falling agricultural yields, and increased flooding of coastal areas; these have become regular and are being felt everywhere. Are the democratic systems up to the challenge of climate change? Unfortunately, due to the lack of political will, economic and political pressure by the fossil fuel lobby, energy companies, anti-tax groups or climate change deniers, not even democracies seem to be fully up to the challenge.

Still, there are several positive and worth-following examples that democratic systems set regarding climate change. Democracies are much more likely than authoritarian regimes to give environmental sustainability priority over either energy security or affordable energy supplies. Voters whose lives and livelihoods are increasingly impacted by climate change are beginning to demand immediate action, effectively forcing politicians to take a longer-run view. As a result, democratic governments become more likely to comply with global agreements that set specific targets for action.

(To be updated)
Young people as agents of change
 (Cristina Mancigotti - No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe)

 Freedom of choice, a must for Women empowerment?
 (Amal El Gharbi - Aamaly Mag)

 Strategic Role of Diaspora in Democracy Building and Development
 (Aaron Nyanama - African students in Europe)

 

MANAGING CRISES: IS EUROPEAN UNITY ESSENTIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE PEACE?

18th July | 4041 Space, Brussels

DSC_0152“Integration is a two-way process – both Member States and the local communities have to help integration, and people who support the process should be more vocal, more active.” – Juliana Santos Wahlgren, European Network Against Racism

On 18th of July, World Solidarity Forum Partners welcomed young professionals and activists to learn more and discuss about the current challenges faced by the European Union in managing crises and the peace-building process. The event was hosted by 4041 Space in Brussels.

Addressing home-grown radicalisation and an increasing number of refugees fleeing war and prosecution have been some of the key challenges fueling political divisions in Europe. As complex realities continue to emerge, it is increasingly challenging to find find a common European vision to address them. Representatives from academia, NGOs and media working in the fields of peace-building, democratisation and anti-radicalisation engaged with the audience in a discussion on the state of play of the European Union. The main objective of the event was to rediscover whether the European solidarity clause ingrained in the Lisbon treaty  is enough for the EU  to maintain peace within its own borders and continue as a global actor in conflict regions around the world.


OPENING SPEECH
Davide Cesario Castro – Co-founder, World Solidarity Forum

SPEAKERS

Birwe Habmo ­- President, Migration Pour Tous

Giulia Paravicini – Reporter, POLITICO Europe

Juliana Santos Wahlgren ­- Senior Advocacy Officer, European Network Against Racism

Vlado Kmec, Phd ­- Research Fellow, University of Cambridge and University of Groningen

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN CONFLICT ZONES: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

28th June | Press Club, Brussels

“Due to the lack of media representation of women, more lobbying and campaigning should be undertaken inDSC_0252 order to help women participate in political and societal activities.” – Manel Msalmi

On 28th June 2016, the Institute of Strategic Communication and World Solidarity Forum Partners held a panel discussion ‘Women Empowerment in Conflict Zones: A Comparative Perspective’, with the kind support of The Press Club Brussels.


The last decades show considerable progress towards gender equality and empowerment of women, yet this can mostly be observed in the developed world. Women from around the world have carried the struggle of equal rights for centuries, and still have to face it even in the 21st century. Taking into consideration the global stage, it can be argued that while many societies have achieved high equality indexes, the situation is not the same within the developing world, most particularly within conflict zones. In order to discuss this discrepancy, the objective of the event was not only to present the (generally) harsh conditions which women in conflict zones have to face daily, but to raise awareness on the different positive initiatives meant to empower women.

Our Guest Speakers:

  1. Europe: Dr Olena Prystayko – Executive Director, Ukrainian Think Thanks Liaison Office in Brussels
  2. South Asia: Priya Esselborn – Regional Coordinator South Asia, DW Akademie
  3. Africa: Manel Msalmi – Researcher & Author, Expert at African Diaspora Network in Europe

The event was opened by our Moderator – Neringa Tumenaite, who highlighted the fact that the gender gap seems to be getting tighter, as the so-called gender-mainstreaming and gender-dimension are currently embedded in a vast amount of project requirements for development, by international bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank or the European Commission. Even so, when referring to women empowerment in conflict zones we enter a dimension which requires a certain amount of sensitivity and consideration as so many factors come into play.

DSC_0207Focusing on the conflict in Ukraine, Dr. Prystayko spoke about the role of the women in the society, participation in the EuroMaidan and the Anti-terrorist operation in the East of the country. She argued that while equal rights for men and women are guaranteed by law, they are not always implemented because of the lack of political will and public discourse on women discrimination. Women of Ukraine have equally, actively and voluntarily participated in the fight for freedom and independence, yet they were still facing discrimination due to the lack of efficient mechanisms for enforcing gender equality or the inconsistent gender standards within the Armed Forces. Though controversial, women’s involvement in armed conflict is in this case a fight for independence. In fact, no woman or man should have to choose between living in fear or fighting for freedom – but, unfortunately, they do.

Moving along to South Asia, Mrs. Esselborn presented the diverse conflict background of the region. The conflicts can be within the countries (Pakistan – Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA or India – North-East insurgency, the Maoist threat) or interstate (Kashmir – the yet unresolved issue between Pakistan and India). Two other post conflict countries were added to the list – Nepal and Sri Lanka (civil war Nepal 1996-2006, Sri Lanka 1983 – 2009). DSC_0271Establishing that the overall impacts of conflicts are directly affecting women (as they are more vulnerable due
to poverty, isolation, hunger, fear of existence), Mrs. Esselborn argues that given the threats (sometimes fatal) to women’s physical and sexual integrity, women in South Asia suffer of trauma, sever physical and psychological challenges, isolation and stigmatisation. Nonetheless, women empowerment in the region is becoming very active, and four examples were provided in order to raise awareness on this. (See Below)

Covering Maghreb and the Middle East, Ms. Msalmi discussed the raising political involvement of women in the post-Arab Spring period and the importance of women activism. The Arab Spring has undoubtedly brought about a set of tremendous challenges to the region, but it also created some hope for women’s political empowerment. Highlighting the great efforts and results shown by TuDSC_0304nisia in incorporating more women in the political scene, more states in the region are taking the Tunisian model into consideration. Ms. Msalmi argues that in order to change the society’s mindset and fight for gender equality, we need to integrate examples of women writers, leaders and change-makers into the curriculum. Giving examples of different women activists, she elaborates on what an impact their words and actions would bring to women empowerment if they became available to a broader audience.

  • ‘My word is free/ I am those who are free and never fear/ I am the streets that never die/ I am the voice of those who would never give in/ I am the meaning amid the chaos.’ (Song by Emal Mathloouthi, Tunisia)
  • Mona Prince ‘s book “My Name Is Revolution” describes the journey of resistance of a young woman fighting against prejudices in the streets of Egypt. It is a testimony of the role of women and their participation in the democratic process of their country.

Conclusions were similar for all regions discussed: due to the negligence of Media or the poorly organised educational curricula, women are still not seen as equal to men around the world, more particularly in conflict zones. Proposals to push towards a better integration of men in the feminist agenda have been brought forward, as well as an educational curricula on gender equality being introduced worldwide. Women empowerment should not be seen as a burden, but rather as an ideal to be achieved by both men and women.

Project presentation: Khadijat Abdulkadir – Founder & Executive Director at Digital African Woman. “Digital African Woman (#DAW) is a program designed to run yearly and empower female led tech startups, through specialized business training, acceleration, networks, and access to funding.”


  • ‘Athwaas’ Initiative – Kashmir. Founded in 2001 by 8 Kashmiri women from different religions and cultural backgrounds, Athwaas brings together women to discuss peace building, trauma, perspectives of livelihood for women and youth, counselling, education and many more.
  • ‘The Competence and Trauma Center for Journalists in Peshawar’ – Pakistan. Founded by the Journalism Faculty and the Psychological Faculty of the University Peshawar, with the support of Deutsche Welle Akademie, the center offers counselling to crisis reporters, focus group discussions to detect trauma and help take prevention measures.
  • Mira Rai – Former child soldier, Mira Rai turned into Nepal’s most successful runner and she is keen on empowering other women to do so.
  • MRG International – Sri Lanka. The NGO has initiated a drawing and poetry workshops programme for women in order to address trauma.

WORLD SOLIDARITY FORUM – PROJECT PRESENTATION & WORKSHOPDSC_0173

15th January | Press Club | Brussels, Belgium

The first meeting of the World Solidarity Forum took place on December 2, 2015, at a roundtable involving 14 organisations interested in developing the platform. Since then, we have been working on the concept of the platform, what it should do and how it should do it. Following that initial discussion on December 2, we organised a workshop based on the theme of solidarity, which further helped us to establish a concrete direction for the platform. The workshop took place at the Press Club Brussels on January 15, and gathered thirty individuals from distinct fields. This provided an opportunity to present a draft concept of the platform and to gather further feedback from others, as to what the platform should do going forward, as well as to begin forming an idea of who would like to be involved.

The conclusion reached by participants at the first meeting was that the WSF should be a platform for organisations working in the field of human rights to find opportunities for partnerships and collaboration. We have developed the concept of the platform based on that, and also with the added objective of ensuring that all project collaborations should aim to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. We have therefore devised a method to achieve this for all organisations involved as partners, helping them to achieve their goals but also bringing them together under the central theme of solidarity. The platform therefore aims for long-term sustainable solutions, based on collaborative efforts in order to tackle common challenges.

At the workshop on January 15, participants had the opportunity to learn about the WSF concept and come up with innovative ideas to further develop the platform. The main points are below:

  • the need of a revised concept for ‘solidarity’ – people should always show solidarity, not only after dramatic events; solidarity is a continuous action – a ‘full time job’;
  • the WSF network should set up annual topics and focus mainly on that particular one  during the year; this way organisations or individuals will know what they can do to get involved from the start/ or recommend (promote) certain activities to others ;
  • starting to take action at the local level (different regions around the world) and elevating it to the global level; after the local-global connection is reached, there are more chances to actually implement various actions at the national level.

Many ideas and proposals were exchanged during the workshop, a lot of consensus was achieved and further WSF collaborations have been paved. Those interested in the platform are kindly invited to get in touch (email: cristina.luca@eyfhr.eu) and request all documentation about the WSF that we have so far. A Call for Partnerships will be announced in February and further meetings are going to be set up.

 

YOUNG PEOPLE AS AGENTS OF CHANGE IN PEACEBUILDING

15th December | Thon Hotel EU | Brussels, Belgium

Contemporary global challenges require solutions which arDSC_0052e innovative and inclusive. The event ‘Young People as Agents of Change in Peacebuilding’ presented youth-led initia
tives in various regions within and outside of the EU, identifying various
approaches that individuals, groups or organisations can pursue in order to get involved in the process of peacebuilding, as well as which European policies exist to facilitate their empowerment.

Over the course of two hours, Thon Hotel EU has hosted the event where speakers experienced in different global regions have given various insights on what the role of youth is in today’s societies and how can we all work to promote young people’s involvement in global issues.

Davide Cesário Castro (Co-Founder at The Critique and Communication Assistant at CSR Europe) has moderated the event and the panel was formed by the following:

  • Edouard Portefaix – Freelance trainer and Project Manager
  • Maria Chalhoub – Former Project Management of Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament and Programme Assistant at European Institute of Peace
  • Sabeen Jameel – Researcher at Aarhus Universitet – Journalism, Media and Globalisation
  • Sohail Chaudhry – Journalist, Media Consultant, Resident Editor at Daily Pakistan

Edouard Portefaix focused on the European-led initiative: the Youth Peace Camp. This one-week long programme was introduced by the Council of Europe in 2004 and it brings together young people from around the world (Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Kosovo, Palestine or Russia) to follow an experiential learning process and acquire competences in the field of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation within a human rights framework.

Ms. Chalhoub talked about MENA region youth involvement in the process of peacebuilding. She argued that generally the decision making bodies are formed by Western representatives who are not actually part of the conflict or do not have first-hand experience in this sense. While instead, young people from the region should be given the opportunity to be part of the policy-making bodies and should be treated as assets and agents, rather than problems and victims. Young people should be allowed to find solutions and allow them to be part of a loud civil society – a movement that has come out strong after the Arab Spring; could be seen as a positive consequence of conflict.

Given her background, Ms. Jameel took the example of Kashmir. She highlighted that the general sentiments that the Kashmiri youth are feeling are of frustration and anger. Due to the Indian military oppression, they feel misunderstood and unheard. For this reason, most of Kashmir’s youth is getting involved into armed conflict (in order to get rid of the anger), instead of picking up onto education, labour market or other non-violent activities. Of course, there is an alternative to militarisation, that is, the use of technology to overthrow violence. Young people in Kashmir have initiated an online, positive and objective medium to exchange experiences instead of turning to violence – and it worked very well.

Mr. Chaudhry has focused on the idea that the youth are poised to play a better role in development of society and economy, in that, they are leaders of tomorrow and can offer better ideas to foment change and progress. Regarding youth in conflict zones he wondered whether they should pick up arms and fight for one side or the other should they get organised to start a movement by mobilising the by-standing segments of the society in the hope of bringing back peace and prosperity.

The conclusions were similar, both from the speakers and from the audience: today’s youth generation represents the leaders of tomorrow. We – as nations, groups or individuals –  have to make sure that the youth is treated well now, so they later succeed like never before. Creating opportunities for young people to take part in decision making processes (regarding various political, social, economic issues), supporting their initiatives and giving them a voice are the three basic and feasible aspects that may create the roots of a better, more inclusive world.

 


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The 70th Anniversary of the UN

30 October 2015, Brussels

The year 2015 marks 70 years since the establishment of the UN, 20 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 2015) and 5 years since the creation of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Where do we stand now, as nations and individuals, in regards to women’s rights? What has been done, what are the challenges for women’s rights and development? What are the possible solutions or best case practices to address these issues? These are some of the questions and discussions that have taken place on Friday, 30th October during “Women as Changemakers – The 70th Anniversary of the UN”, co-organised by ISC Paris and Empasi and hosted by The Press Club, Brussels.

Framework

The conference brought together experts, academics and practitioners from international organisations such as Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, European Parliament, European Commission, European Students’ Forum, Embassy of Haiti, and many more. Through constructive and interactive dialogue, panellists and audience reflected upon and discussed the ongoing progress in women empowerment and gender equality, and options and strategies for more effective implementations of internationally agreed goals and commitments focusing on these challenges. The moderator, Davide Cesário Castro – Communication Assistant at CSR Europe and Editor-in-Chief at the Critique, has led the conversation throughout the event.

Panel

A number of four panellists with international background and experience have joined the event:

  • Shamila Mahmood (Post MDGs and Sustainable Development Policy and Research Advisor). Ms Mahmood expertise focuses on UN Post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in scope of chapter 5: gender equality and women’s rights. Her main topics of discussion centred around what has been done in the field of education, in terms of quality and access, for  young women since the establishment of the United Nations.
  • Valentina Auliso (Vice President, Youth Express Network). Ms Auliso focused on the challenges for women in urban and rural areas of Europe and their access to work.
  • Amna Batool (Researcher on Women’s Development, Bielefeld University). Ms Batool discussed the case study and best practices in helping girls to reach their full potential through education: the role of German based diasporas for girl’s education development in Pakistan.
  • Olivia Geymond (EP Representative, European Policies on Gender Equality). Ms Geymond explained how the EU and the European Parliament are contributing to the implementation of the UN initiatives towards achieving gender equality by the EU member-states, and the obstacles facing these efforts.

With the help of the audience, the discussion has revolved around a various range of topics under the umbrella of Women’s rights. To begin with, when talking about women’s rights the idiom ‘gender equality’ should be understood properly; people often consider that gender equality assumes women having the same rights as men – but this is not the correct understanding of it. Gender equality refers to the fact that men and women can have different roles as long as there are equal in value. It refers to the fact that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognising the diversity of different groups of women and men, as advocated by UN Women.

Topics such as the MDG 3 (“Promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women”) and SDG 5 (Sustainable Development Goal 5; “Achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls”) have been explained. It was established that the failure of MDG 3 to fully meet the indicators is based on its lack of consistency. Moreover, the SDGs need to explore new and innovative strategies in order to affect concrete change. Another ‘hot-topic’ of the conference was the situation of women in conflict zones. Quoting the example of the Kashmir conflict and issues arising there from, particularly in relation to women (i.e. the issue of half-widows or the psychological issues caused by trauma and loss), the idea that women and girls around the world are worst affected by conflict has been highlighted. What is more, conflict has adversely impacted girls’ education in areas such as Kashmir, Syria or Palestine. Generally, women’s rights had been held hostage by patriarchal and misogynist cultures and traditions.

Given the fact that millions of girls around the world are still being denied education, a lot more action has to be taken by global organisations in order to balance the situation. There are still 31 million girls of primary school age out of school, 34 million female adolescents out of secondary school and two thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female. In regards to the European context, the urban rural distinction is fundamental, as the cultural structure and value system changes depending on the context in which the woman is, although the legislation is the same, reports of Europe’s barometer and other local NGOs show us how levels of education and culture are dependent variables to factors as emancipation and social equality. In rural areas of Europe, where rates of illegal abortion and domestic violence are the highest, there is a very important female activity in the workplace and in the field of development, however, it is an activity that follows the rules and traditional paternalistic minded pseudo Christian which recluse woman in a restrictive conception and submission.

All the EU member states have signed the 1995 Pékin Declaration and Action Plan (PDAP). From the year of its adoption, the EU has been tasked with conducting regular evaluations of its implementation. The most recent of these evaluations identifies three critical areas where slow progress remains a cause for alarm: gender-based violence, the wage and pension gap, and the situation of women in politics and the workplace. Altough the EU has from an early stage been a strong advocate for gender equality, it has limited power in social matters. This means its actions are geared towards monitoring the situation and helping member states to coordinate efforts and harmonise laws. The European Parliament has taken a particularly active role in promoting the gender equality agenda, by voicing the concerns of civil society, sending political signals and making ambitious propositions. However, the Parliament increasingly faces obstacles in these efforts, including a lack of resources (especially following the economic crisis), a lack of political will from national Member States, and the rise of the far-right movements among its members.

It has been concluded that, while a lot of effort has been made by the UN and other global organisations in order to protect and promote women’s rights, there is a lot more to be done. Statistics still show disparities between men and women in wage or chances to get hired, domestic violence or forced marriages still happen and women’ rights to education are still being violated – to name some. When will we achieve equal rights? When will the statistics show an improvement regarding women’s rights around the world? It remains to each and everyone one of us to help make a change not only in this area, but in all areas that need support and improvement. In the words of Margaret Mead ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’.

@ Ioana-Alexandra Tache, PR & Communications Officer

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REFUGEES – WELCOME

Citizens’ initiative and media response to the refugee crisis and conflict

24 September 2015, Brussels

ISC Paris in collaboration with NGO EMPASI and Think Tank Women in War organised the conference that brought together experts, academics and practitioners from international organisations, media and citizens’ initiative to discuss options and strategies for more effective response on the refugee crisis and conflict, and share different perspectives on international and national responsibilities and involvement.

Framework

Brussels 3Broad audience included over 100 people: EU policy makers, journalists, students, Syrian, Afghan, Kashmir and Tibetan refugees and many others interested in the subject have participated in the conference which was hosted by the Press Club Brussels Europe. The event was opened by a panel discussion, where 4 experts spoke about their perspective on the issue of the refugee crisis and offered some insights from their area of expertise. The moderator, Juliana Santos Wahlgren – Networking Officer of the European Network Against Racism has led the conversations between the speakers and the audience throughout the entire event. The panel discussion was followed by a fishbowl conversation, where participants were given the opportunity to bring their perspectives and raise questions.

Panel Discussion – In large, the main topics were:

  • Political context – There is a link between wars and the current crisis. As long as the war does not reach ‘our’ [European] territory it is not a problem. Due to the misrepresentation of the refugee crisis i.e. showing that the wars are happening and that people are running away, rather than showing how and why the wars started in the first place, the media changes the picture rather than realistically informs the masses. (Presented by Huma Saeed – Transitional Justice Researcher, University of Leuven)
  • Women’s stance within the refugee crisis – There are 15% women refugees travelling on their own and 13% travelling pregnant. It is true that this is a big issue, but we have to look at the bigger picture: who needs to be saved first? The people arriving to Europe or the ones who are still living in terror back in their native countries? (Presented by Carol Mann Ph.D – Sciences Po, Paris, Director of Women In War, Think Tank for Gender and Armed Conflict)
  • Citizens’ initiative – There are many initiatives that have been taken place in Brussels. One of the first refugee camp was set up by the Collectactif – citizens’ initiative for helping refugees by providing basic facilities. Thanks to the voluntary sector refugees have found a basic support in seeking asylum in Belgium. (Presented by Abdelhak Ziane – Collectactif)
  • Role of Media – Even if the situation is not only recent (i.e. the crisis was happening for a while now, but now it ‘hit’ Europe), the media and politicians were not talking about it. Given the circumstances, the media looks to have set up an agenda and chosen when and how to inform the audience. If you look at media reporting in the West on international conflict, you won’t fail to notice that some are more ‘worthy’ than others. To take the problem in Kashmir, for example, there have been massive human rights violations over the years. The conflict is now regarded by many as a matter of national concern not international which means that it is rarely ever discussed at the international level. Overall, the people who suffer are civilians who unfortunately are increasingly caught between power disputes. Most people in the West have no idea what is going on there and that is a testament to the kind of media we have in Europe and America.  (Presented by Davide Cesário Castro – Editor-in-chief, The Critique)

Fishbowl method

The panel discussion was followed by a Question & Answer session. Some issues discussed:

  • Countries like Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon are themselves suffering, but they are still taking in refuges with open arms. Solutions vis-a-vis the refugee crisis should be globalised, as the problem is global.  
  • Brasil, even if miles away, has managed to set up a programme in order to take in refugees. The country has issued humanitarian visas which allow people to get there and start work, while a ticket to Brasil can cost even 4 times less than paying the smugglers to illegally cross the borders to Europe.
  • Can European armies provide safe routes? The EU governments have to agree whose side they are on, who are they protecting?  In this context, the political discourse is filled with non-information.
  • Under these circumstances, it is only up to the citizens to take responsibility and mobilize. As in the case of the Bosnian War, where groups of citizens raised against the Government, people have to stand together and take action themselves and start acting towards solving the refugee crisis.

Closing remarks

Eva Froneberg, a student at Vesalius College Volunteers closed the conference by presenting her team’s initiative towards helping the refugees.

Btogether.com platform –  A social networking website linking locals with the foreign born population, where members can organize and attend events, forming deeper connections between these two communities and sharing links and access to important information in order to facilitate integration of refugees into community.

@Ioana-Alexandra Tache, PR & Communications Officer

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Youth on World Refugee Crisis

21 September 2015, Bucharest (Romania)

What is a crisis? Is it a refugee or European cryouthisis? How should Europeans deal with this situation? – These are just some of the questions which sought to be answered in the Training-Seminar: Youth on World Refugee
Crisis. The event took place in Bucharest, on the 21st of September, 2015 and it was hosted by RAF House, of the Romanian-American Foundation.

Event framework

The main point of interest was the world refugee crisis, but more importantly, the way youth perceives this current situation. 30 participants aged between 16 and 25 had the opportunity to share their own opinions with 4 experts. The event was divided into two parts: a seminar and a training; it started off with a keynote speech by Prof. Vintilă Mihăilescu and was moderated throughout its entire period by Sorin Anagnoste – Lecturer at the Academy of Economic Studies and the Romanian Banking Institute and a professional with more than ten years of corporate and NGO experience.

The Seminar included a rotating panel discussion where the participants formed four groups, and the speakers have rotated from a group to another in order to present the different topics. These were distributed as follows:

  • Refugee or economic migrant crisis? – The difference between migration and refugee. Presented by Monica Alexandru – a passionate researcher holding a PHD in Sociology.
  • Context of the refugee crisis. What events have triggered the refugee crisis and what are the challenges faced by the refugees? Presented by Prof. Vintilă Mihăilescu – a leading Romanian anthropologist, Professor and Director of the Sociology Department at SNSPA (Bucharest)
  • Do the National Romanian perspective and the EU perspective on the refugee crisis have a meeting point? Presented by two delegates of the Romanian National Council for Refugees (CNRR)
  • Case study: Integration of Afghan and Kashmiri refugees. Presented by Asif Khan – researcher on Afghan refugees’ life & struggles in Pakistan and founder of Centre for Capacity Building & Empowerment’ in Malmö, Sweden.

The Training was led by the experienced Alina Burlacu and allowed the audience to put into practice their already existing knowledge on the refugee crisis, but also to apply what they have learned in the seminar. The participants had the chance to take roles and visualise what does it mean to be a refugee or how a refugee is perceived both at national (Romanian) and global level, while at the same time were searching for solutions that could simplify the refugees’ road to and integration in Europe.

Conclusions

With the huge numbers of refugees coming to Europe in the past couple of months that has received an outstanding amount of attention – positive or negative, there are still areas in the world that are left untackled; such is the case of Kashmir presented within the event. Some proposals to announce the situation in Kashmir were discussed during the seminar-training, such as: a need of psychological reconciliation of the affected people before any conflict resolution can take place; a platform for peace negotiations with the aim of reuniting all parties (Pakistan, Kashmir and India) could be created; or the EU Member States could launch information campaigns aimed to disseminate a correct image of the conflict through modern communication means. Eventually, if one thinks about it, these proposals could be applied in more of the ongoing situations.

Overall, the event sought to highlight the conflict zones, pushing people to run away and the situation of the internally displaced people in Kashmir. It wanted to present the current world situation, but at the same time to enable the youth to develop and pursue their own ideas and tactics regarding this crisis. All in all, we are still left with a great question: is it really a refugee crisis or is it actually a European one? Answers surely go both ways.

@ Ioana-Alexandra Tache, PR & Communications Officer


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Education in Crisis: Ensuring Human Rights in Conflict Areas

This June 17th The Institute of Strategic Communication blain collaboration with humanitarian NGO Relief & Reconciliation for Syria and youth empowerment NGOs EMPASI and European Youth for Human Rights
organised an interactive conference-debate “Education In Crisis: Ensuring Human Rights in Conflict Areas”. The event took place in the heart of Brussels at the European Press Club and welcomed over 60 guests from various European governmental institutions and international NGOs.

The innovative Fishbowl set-up was chosen for the conference to provide a creative way to include the public in the discussion, and share ideas or information from a variety of perspectives.

Framework of the conference

The goal of a human rights-based approach to education is simple: to assure every child a quality education that respects and promotes their right to dignity and optimum development. Achieving this goal is, however, enormously more complex, especially when it comes to educational challenges in conflict regions.

Millennium Development Goals rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty and world’s governments committed to achieving universal access to free, quality and compulsory primary education by 2015. On June, 2015 it was interesting to see where the world is standing now.

Besides global efforts, in  2015 there are 28 million children of primary school age that are out of school, which amounts to 42% of the world total, which is an enormous number. Conflict-affected countries’ youth is especially affected: the average mortality rate for children under five is more than double the rate in other countries and on average twelve children out of a hundred die before their fifth birthday.

Focus on Human Rights

The ISCParis event took a Human Rights approach when discussing sensitive issues related to conflict zones, and young people’s rights there. In order to take a global perspective on the issue, four regions were chosen to provide different takes on the discussion with a panelist to provide a first-hand intervention and testimonial:

  • Eastern Europe (Maryana Hnyp, Research Associate and Director of Religious Education for the International Students at KU Leuven focused on challenges and Opportunities of Education in contemporary Ukraine).
  • Southeast Asia (Talat Bhat, Media Specialist of ISC Paris presented the difficulties of access to education in Kashmir conflict and challenges to live and study under military occupation).
  • Africa (Aaron Saye Nyanama, President of AASE provided a first-hand account on what it is like to grow up in conflict, and what educational challenges the youth of Liberia face)
  • Middle East (Francesca Toniolo, Secretary General, Relief & Reconciliation for Syria discussed humanitarian responses to conflict and schoolchildren education in Syria, meanwhile  Ayham Kawi, Syria representative from Erasmus Mundus Association talked about the higher education in the region and scholarship opportunities abroad)

The overall discussion with the audience focused around the negative consequences that conflicts bring to the personal lives of the students in each region, highlighting how conflicts prevent the access to education, their mental health. To bring in the positive note, the participants also discussed best practices and recommendations for international community to support tackling the violation of human rights in education.

Since it is in EU’s interests to have healthy and harmonious neighbourhood, panelist and audience have discussed about some of the best recommendations and practices for achieving that. One of the key points of EU role in the context of ensuring human rights in conflict areas is providing more scholarships for people from conflict zones and make EU-wide recognition of academic diplomas.

Although it was agreed that there are many challenges ahead, but the conclusion stating the need of dialogue, solidarity and support was highlighted. Therefore, we hope that further initiatives of this kind will become more common and the international community will increasingly show human solidarity with conflict-stricken regions across the globe.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING

For Executives & Managers

Now that you are in charge, are you shocked to learn that all the rules have changed? Command and Control has been replaced by Contradiction and Chaos. Employees are not told what to do anymore. Now, you influence their choices and assist them in reaching goals. You do not direct; you win the team over to your point of view. You do not dictate; you inspire!

The business world has changed! Management was about pushing people to succeed. Leadership is about pulling people along to succeed. You require a new skill set to make it to the top in a “pull” environment. This course teaches how to stop managing and start leading, making you a vital part or your organization’s future. The days of assuming that a good manager was also a good leader are gone. Clear distinctions are being made between the two. Learn the differences between managing and leading and then begin gravitating toward a more direct leadership style and away from a management-based style. Stop pushing and start pulling.

Hear that sound? It is the sound of a business paradigm shifting yet again. Register yourself for success. Leadership Training for Managers will transform you from yesterday’s manager to tomorrow’s leader.

Format

One week course this designed through learning methodology and allows you to practice between sessions and bring your experiences to class for coaching.

Why Leadership Program?

Personalized Attention – Using a blend of in-depth assessments, feedback and experiential

Learning, participants engage in development that is focused on their unique leadership needs – which many call “life-changing.”

• Leadership at All Levels – Constantly refreshed content tailored to the unique needs of each level of leadership – from individual contributor to senior executives. Programs provide tools for immediate and practical application.

• Global Availability and Flexible Schedule – Offered worldwide, providing you with more choices and locations to meet the needs of busy managers and executives.

• Peer Power – Participants will network and learn from fellow leaders with comparable real world experiences and familiar challenges.

• Continual Learning – Sustainable learning is a process – not a one-time event. ISC’s programs offer coaching sessions, resources such as webinars, white papers and eLearning to apply and sustain their learning experience.

• Continuing Education – ISC’s leadership programs meet the criteria for many professional Certifications requiring ongoing training and education.

How to Learn

• Create a vision – a common ground

• Develop strategies that make things happen

• Take intelligent risks

• Influence people to follow you

• Gain cooperation at every level

• Lead a winning team, department or organization

• Empower others to deliver results

• Recognize individual and team success

• Define performance standard and hold people accountable

• Master the 8-step planning process

• Align performance goals with strategy

Who Should Attend

Anyone who interacts with internal or external customers, executives, project

Managers, employees who serve on teams and managers who want to achieve outstanding results.

You’re Leadership Potential:
  • Increase commitment and engagement to improve team effectiveness.
  • Build and strengthen relationships in ways that allow for better performance, effective delegation and contribution of others.
  • Find constructive responses to conflict by understanding self and others.
  • Adjust their leadership style and draw on others to understand and solve problems
Key competencies are vital to all leaders
  • Self-awareness
  • Learning agility
  • Communication
  • Influence

Through assessment and feedback from peers and instructors, participants gain a detailed picture of their personal strengths and challenges. In small groups, they learn practical tactics and begin to strengthen key skills. With guidance from a coach, they create a plan for immediate action and identify longer-term goals.

Allocation: 

Day-1

  • Developing Personal Leadership
  • Achieving Organizational Results

Day-2

  • Understanding the Innovation Process
  • Demonstrating the Planning Process
  • Defining the Performance Process

Day-3

  • Appraisal Systems and the Coaching Process
  • Problem Analysis and Decision-Making
  • Recognizing Human Potential

Day-4

  • Implementing the Delegation Process
  • Handling Mistakes
  • Communicating to Lead

Day-5

  • Leading More Effective Meetings
  • Celebrating Success
  • Committing to Continuous Improvement

We are Unique

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ISC Training gives you exactly what you need to enhance your agency’s professional capabilities and results in order to:

Maximize leadership potential Improve communications, cooperation and trust Build strong teams, motivation and morale Increase results with internal and external customers

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Women’s & Children’s Rights in the Developing World

The training is developed on the basis of experiential learning and learning-by-doing approach with the aim to encourage the development of projects and programs concerning women’s and children rights in the developing world.  The objectives of the training are:

  • to strengthen the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • to promote understanding and respect of human rights issues, in order to prevent their violation;
  • to develop the skills and abilities necessary for the defence of human rights;
  • to develop attitudes and behaviours that will lead to respect for women’s and children’s rights,  so that people do not willingly violate these rights;
  • to empower participants to create and develop further activities aimed at the creation of a culture based upon universal values of human rights;
  • to facilitate the development and implementation of initiatives addressing women’s and children’s right;

Who should apply?

The training is tailored for professionals working in Non-Governmental Organizations who are interested to develop and implement human rights projects addressing the topic of women’s and children’s rights. Professors and trainers are also welcomed and any other stakeholders involved in human rights education projects at a local, national and international level.

Curriculum:

  • Human rights education: what is it, what’s the purpose, how to implement it in developing countries;
  • Methods and instruments used to promote women’s and children’s rights;
  • Toolbox for Human Rights education in developing countries;
  • The past, present and future dimension of women’s and children’s rights;
  • Social, political and economic changes with impact on women’s and children’s rights;
  • International, regional and local instruments meant to implement the protection of women and children’s rights.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • advocate and create awareness for women and children’s rights;
  • work in cooperation with others in order to develop future joint projects addressing the topic of women and children’s rights;
  • take an active role in promoting and defending women and children’s rights.
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Monitoring and Evaluation for Results Approaches

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Results is for managers and monitoring and evaluation officers who need to supervise, manage, plan and implement M&E in their projects and programmes. The course addresses M&E for the entire results chain, including the all-important outcomes.
This 10-day course covers the principles, and embeds the practice of M&E for results.

Why choose this course

Delivered by our participatory practitioners with extensive field experience, this is the leading M&E course for development professionals. Those responsible for project or programme-level M&E, benefit from the latest M&E thinking and practice, including results approaches. You learn how to achieve maximum value for your organisation and its stakeholders.
Senior managers and M&E specialist responsible for an organisation-wide approach to monitoring and evaluation also attend our Results-Based Management (RBM) training course which covers the principles and tools for developing an organisation-wide RBM system.

What you will learn

Through a mix of practical activities, theory and examples of effective practice you will learn how to:

  • decide what and how to monitor with different stakeholders
  • clarify key results at the programme-level using logic models
  • plan a project using the logical framework
  • develop indicators and SMART targets
  • combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather and interpret data
  • establish a baseline to assess your project’s impact
  • design and manage evaluation
  • use your M&E findings to stimulate learning, improvement and stakeholder buy-in.

The first week of the course gives a complete overview of M&E for projects and programmes with case studies. The second week provides an opportunity to really develop different key elements such as logframes, M&E plans, Theory of Change and evaluation techniques. Where possible we will work with a local organisation to ground principles into practice.

What our participants say

“Excellent, comprehensive and well executed course that provides a good overview of M&E. Friendly atmosphere and good spirit – and everything’s so well organised.”
Matts Weurlander, Programme Officer,

ISC organises very good participatory training methods. I will be using this [M&E for Results] training to help set up our M&E system to track results and impact of my organisations work.”
Souleymana Mamane, Operations Director

“ISC  has an excellent combination of good trainers and staff. A well organised quality training with great content, that combines knowledge with practice and fun. A rich blend of international participation and shared experience. It enhances team work and promotes good partnership. With IMA training, you become an agent for positive change.”
Esinu Abbey Manage M & E

Meet the Trainer

“A great strength of the ISC approach to training lies in the diversity of opportunities it provides for participants to learn. Participants who feel comfortable with more conventional study methods can draw on the well-organized readings and power point presentations. Those who learn most by doing and sharing can benefit from the innovative range of participatory exercises.” Mick Kenempneer, ISC consultant

Daily Course Objectives

Day 1

Week 1: Principles of M&E for Results
The changing role and practice of M&E

 

  • M&E – expectations, roles and uses
  • the ascent of results approaches: outputs, outcomes and inputs
  • relate M&E to your programme and project cycle
  • identify stakeholders and their differing needs and roles.

Day 2

Project design

 

  • situation and problem analysis
  • objectives and strategy analysis
  • critical overview of logical frameworks and logic models
  • convert the project objectives into the logframe narrative summary
  • risk assessment.

Day 3

Purpose and scope of an M&E plan

  • confirm information requirements of the wider organisation and other stakeholders
  • developing project indicators
  • identify means of verification.

Day 4

Data gathering and organising

  • M&E system architecture
  • quantitative and qualitative approaches and instruments
  • data organisation, quality assurance and analysis.

Day 5

M&E planning

  • preparing an M&E plan
  • design baseline, evaluation and impact studies.

Day 6

Week 2: Embed Key M&E practices and apply these to your live work cases or a local organisation

  • working beyond logframes
  • developing logic models and M&E plans

Day 7

Evaluation Techniques

  • designing evaluations for stakeholder benefit and use
  • choice and use of qualitative and quantitative collection instruments
  • participatory data analysis
  • communicating findings meaningfully for comprehensive stakeholder learning.

Day 8

Theory of Change

  • Theory of Change: explore how your organisation can benefit from this popular approach.

Day 9

Theory of Change(continued)

  • Theory of Change: explore how your organisation can benefit from this popular approach (continued).

Day 10

          Using what you have learnt

  • embedding learning for personal and organisational benefit
  • becoming change agents for M&E.

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