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06 Jul International Summer School in Forced Migration, July 2015

The International Summer School in Forced Migration fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and forced migrants.

The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

The three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection. 

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01 Mar Strengthening Policy and Practice: meeting the challenges of working in complex environments

Dates: 1st – 6th March 2015 

Location: Birmingham, UK

Course fee: £1100 (includes full board accommodation from the evening of 1st – afternoon of 6th March)

Course description

Strengthening Policy and Practice: meeting the challenges of working in complex environments is designed to draw on the experience and practice of participants, working in development, humanitarian aid or peacebuilding to influence internal policies and programmatic approaches. The course will identify how organisations can strive to balance their organisational mandate with the demands of working in complex and rapidly changing political contexts.

Course aims

The course will enable participants to contribute to developing constructive organisational and programmatic policies that will guide practical responses in the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding fields. It will draw on the experience of participants and tutors to examine the key issues that are emerging from field-based work.  

Course objectives

Participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of their work, from a conflict transformation perspective
  • apply appropriate  conflict analysis to their own organisational contexts
  • explore the relationship between organisational policy and practice in situations of instability, conflict or violence
  • examine issues relating to aid and conflict in order to develop conflict sensitive policies for their organisations
  • consider the key policy and practice issues relating to the prevention of violent conflict and of building peace
  • strengthen their competence to contribute pro-actively to the development of appropriate policies and best practices in their organisation/ institution for working in environments affected by conflict or violence

Suitable for

This course is for staff of international and national agencies and those with advisory and management responsibility for emergency, reliefdevelopment, and peacebuilding programmes. It is particularly relevant for those engaged in the planning and implementation of field-based programmes, and those concerned with developing policies for appropriate responses in complex political emergencies. 

March 2014 participant feedback

This “training has enabled me to assess my organisation, to identity our strengths and weaknesses and how to begin transforming our weaknesses to our strengths."                          

There was a positive environment for learning and encouraged us to learn from each other.”

 These are useful tools for strengthening and building capacity at all levels – as a freelance consultant – there are many opportunities to be transformative and technical”.

 “The shared discussions among participants were very helpful for better understanding…. It helped me to see the wider image of the work that I am doing”.

For more information about the course and to apply, please complete the application form or contact us at courses@respond.org

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06 Mar Palestine Refugees and International Law Short Course

ABOUT THE COURSE

This two day short course places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Through a mix of lectures, working group exercises and interactive sessions, participants engage actively and critically with the contemporary debates in international law and analyse the specific context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel).

The short course commences with the background of the Palestinian refugee crisis, with special attention to the socio- political historical context and legal status of Palestinian refugees in the region. This is followed by a careful examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including its philosophical underpinnings and ensuing human rights instruments in international law. The key themes, which have taken centre stage in the debate on the Palestinian refugee crisis, are statelessness, right of return, repatriation, self-determination, restitution compensation and protection. These themes are critically examined along with current discussions about the respective roles of UNRWA, UNHCR and the UNCCP in the Palestinian refugee case.

This course is suitable for: experienced practitioners; graduate researchers; parliamentarians and staff; members of the legal profession; government officials; and personnel of inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations.

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09 Mar Personal and Team Security Management

A four-day course covering principles and practical application of risk management, personal and team security and safety issues. A must for all managers and professionals engaged in humanitarian work from Government, UN agencies, NGOs, Red Cross etc. With the current security environment prevailing in the world, the contents of the course are equally relevant to Individuals whether from a corporate or a citizen even if they are not performing a security related function.

Date: 9 - 12 March, 2015

Venue: Pune, India

For further details, please click on the download tab for the course announcement and registration form.

*Note: Incomplete registration form will not be accepted.

Weblink: http://www.redr.org.in/training-services-training-calendar-and-fees

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09 Mar Personal and Team Security Management

A four-day course covering principles and practical application of risk management, personal and team security and safety issues. A must for all managers and professionals engaged in humanitarian work from Government, UN agencies, NGOs, Red Cross etc. With the current security environment prevailing in the world, the contents of the course are equally relevant to Individuals whether from a corporate or a citizen even if they are not performing a security related function.

Date: 9 - 12 March, 2015

Venue: Pune, India

For further details, please click on the download tab on the right for the course announcement and registration form.

*Note: Incomplete registration form will not be accepted.

Weblink: http://www.redr.org.in/training-services-training-courses/Foundational-courses/22

Weblink: http://www.redr.org.in/training-services-training-calendar-and-fees

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22 Mar Evaluation of Humanitarian Action

GRM International will be hosting a 2 day Evaluations of Humanitarian Action (EHA) course in Dubai from 22 March 2015.

The aim of the course is to make Evaluations of Humanitarian Action (EHA) more effective in contributing to the improved performance of interventions and to improve the quality of the evaluation process. This course is recommended for evaluators, managers and users of evaluations.

Previous evaluation experience is not necessary, but some knowledge and experience of humanitarian action is required.

For registration use this EHA LINK  or email: training@grmfuturesgroup.com

 

Tentative Programme

- The purpose of EHA - What is the reason for evaluating humanitarian action? What can evaluation achieve?

- Initiating and planning EHA - What steps should you take to commission and plan an evaluation

- Evaluation Criteria - What are the standard evaluation criteria? What do they mean?

- Frameworks for evaluation - What frameworks can you use to assess performance against broader policies and standards?

- Evaluation methods - What are the typical evaluation methods in EHA and how do you choose between them? a) Qualitative methods , b) Quantitative methods

- Management - How can you manage the evaluation process to produce a robust evaluation? What challenges are you likely to encounter?

- From Data to Reports - How do you turn the findings from your fieldwork into a useful evaluation report?

- Use and dissemination of EHA - How can you promote real change based on your evaluation?

- Ethics - What ethical dilemmas are you likely to face and how can you deal with them?

The course is facilitated by Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave, who also co-authored the ALNAP guide. (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)). There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants.

Learning outcomes of the course are to achieve:

- Greater clarity of the purpose and objectives of EHA, and of the principal challenges of doing EHA.

- Better understanding of evaluation criteria and of the most relevant frameworks against which humanitarian assistance should be evaluated.

- A practical approach to planning, designing, implementing and following through on evaluations of humanitarian assistance.

About the Trainers:

Margie Buchanan-Smith works as a consultant, trainer/facilitator and coach in the international humanitarian aid sector, with expertise in both natural disasters and conflict-related emergencies. She is an experienced evaluator of humanitarian relief operations, for international NGOs, donor governments and UN agencies, and has participated in a number of joint agency evaluations. In 2008 she was one of two reviewers for ALNAP’s meta-evaluation of joint evaluations. Margie has worked as a policy researcher on humanitarian issues for many years and has also direct experience of managing humanitarian assistance programmes having been head of ActionAid’s Emergencies Unit for three years and acting Policy Director for one year. Since going freelance, Margie has developed a successful coaching business. She is particularly interested in approaches that facilitate individual and organisational learning.

 

John Cosgrave is a resourceful and goal-oriented, multi-sectoral professional with strong evaluation, assessment and communication skills. He has excellent training, planning, project management and problem solving expertise. Mr Cosgrave has twenty-seven years of broad experience in over forty countries covering all aspects of managing both relief and development.

John’s learning from experience, reviews, and evaluations feeds into the training that he does. He has experience of course design and evaluation; of designing and delivering training materials and of facilitation and mentoring. His key experience is with developing and delivering training not only for international staff but also for national staff in developing countries or at international venues. His training is largely based around participatory methods, founded on a core of teaching of key concepts, tools and information. John has developed an extensive library of presentations and exercises in the areas he has trained in.

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22 Mar Evaluation of Humanitarian Action - Dubai, 22-23 March 2015

GRM International will be hosting a 2 day Evaluations of Humanitarian Action (EHA) course in Dubai from 22 - 23 March 2015.

The aim of the course is to make Evaluations of Humanitarian Action (EHA) more effective in contributing to the improved performance of interventions and to improve the quality of the evaluation process. This course is recommended for evaluators, managers and users of evaluations.

Previous evaluation experience is not necessary, but some knowledge and experience of humanitarian action is required.

Details for registration are available at this link: EHA

Tentative Programme

  • The purpose of EHA - What is the reason for evaluating humanitarian action? What can evaluation achieve?
  • Initiating and planning EHA - What steps should you take to commission and plan an evaluation?
  • Evaluation Criteria - What are the standard evaluation criteria? What do they mean?
  • Frameworks for evaluation - What frameworks can you use to assess performance against broader policies and standards?
  • Evaluation methods - What are the typical evaluation methods in EHA and how do you choose between them? a) Qualitative methods , b) Quantitative methods
  • Management - How can you manage the evaluation process to produce a robust evaluation? What challenges are you likely to encounter?
  • From Data to Reports - How do you turn the findings from your fieldwork into a useful evaluation report?
  • Use and dissemination of EHA - How can you promote real change based on your evaluation?
  • Ethics - What ethical dilemmas are you likely to face and how can you deal with them?

The course is facilitated by Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave, who also co-authored the ALNAP guide. (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)). There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants.

Learning outcomes of the course are to achieve:

  • Greater clarity of the purpose and objectives of EHA, and of the principal challenges of doing EHA.
  • Better understanding of evaluation criteria and of the most relevant frameworks against which humanitarian assistance should be evaluated.
  • A practical approach to planning, designing, implementing and following through on evaluations of humanitarian assistance.

GRM International, Futures Group, theIDLgroup, Channel Research and the Effective Development Group comprise the GRM Futures Group of global development solution providers. We offer a range of courses to meet the needs of those working in international development. Details of courses are available at: www.grminternational.com/training. Our experience comes from managing more than 700 development projects in more than 140 countries over nearly 50 years. Therefore our courses focus on tried and tested development fundamentals, as well as the trends that drive social change today and in the future.

About the Trainers:

Margie Buchanan-Smith works as a consultant, trainer/facilitator and coach in the international humanitarian aid sector, with expertise in both natural disasters and conflict-related emergencies. She is an experienced evaluator of humanitarian relief operations, for international NGOs, donor governments and UN agencies, and has participated in a number of joint agency evaluations. In 2008 she was one of two reviewers for ALNAP’s meta-evaluation of joint evaluations. Margie has worked as a policy researcher on humanitarian issues for many years and has also direct experience of managing humanitarian assistance programmes having been head of ActionAid’s Emergencies Unit for three years and acting Policy Director for one year. Since going freelance, Margie has developed a successful coaching business. She is particularly interested in approaches that facilitate individual and organisational learning.

John Cosgrave is a resourceful and goal-oriented, multi-sectoral professional with strong evaluation, assessment and communication skills. He has excellent training, planning, project management and problem solving expertise. Mr Cosgrave has twenty-seven years of broad experience in over forty countries covering all aspects of managing both relief and development.

John’s learning from experience, reviews, and evaluations feeds into the training that he does. He has experience of course design and evaluation; of designing and delivering training materials and of facilitation and mentoring. His key experience is with developing and delivering training not only for international staff but also for national staff in developing countries or at international venues. His training is largely based around participatory methods, founded on a core of teaching of key concepts, tools and information. John has developed an extensive library of presentations and exercises in the areas he has trained in.

 

Develop greater clarity of the purpose and objectives of evaluating Humanitarian Activities, and of the principal challenges involved. Gain deeper understanding of using the most relevant frameworks against which humanitarian assistance should be evaluated with practical approach to planning, designing, implementing and following through.

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25 Mar Monitoring & Evaluation - Bangkok 25-27 March 2015

GRM International will be holding an M&E training workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 25-27 March 2015. The course aims to provide skills and knowledge in M&E including practice, tools and techniques used. The course is designed for those wish to enhance their M&E knowledge or are new to M&E and covers all the basics. Group discounts are available for 3 or more participants from the same organisation, please contact us directly for details.

The GRM Futures Group are world leaders in M&E, with experience from more than 700 projects implemented around the globe in over 50 years.

Learning Outcomes, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic purposes and scope of M&E & differentiate between monitoring functions and evaluation functions;
  • Describe the functions of an M&E plan & build an M&E plan;
  • Construct a logical framework & identify and differentiate between conceptual frameworks, results frameworks, and logic models;
  • Describe how frameworks are used for M&E planning & identify criteria for the selection of indicators;
  • Describe how indicators are linked to frameworks & write an indicator for a range of scenarios;
  • Identify types of data sources, manage data collection, and analyse data;
  • Use a full range of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools;
  • Describe how information can be used for decision-making & communicate results.

For regsitration of course enquiries, please contact us. 

Yours Sincerely

Derrick

 

Derrick Sanyahumbi

Sales and Marketing Manager - Training & Events

Email: derrick.sanyahumbi@grmfuturesgroup.com

tel: +44 20 7250 5375  |  mobile: +44 785655 8125  |  skype: gfg-Derrick.Sanyahumbi

http://www.grminternational.com/training

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30 Mar Monitoring & Evaluation - Pretoria, South Africa

GRM International will be holding and M&E training workshop in Pretoria, South Africa from 30 March to 1 April 2015. The course aims to provide skills and knowledge in M&E including practice, tools and techniques used. The course is designed for those wish to enhance their M&E knowledge or are new to M&E and covers all the basics. Group discounts are available for 3 or more participants from the same organisation, please contact us directly for details.

 The GRM Futures Group are world leaders in M&E, with experience from more than 700 projects implemented around the globe in over 50 years.

Learning Outcomes, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic purposes and scope of M&E & differentiate between monitoring functions and evaluation functions;
  • Describe the functions of an M&E plan & build an M&E plan;
  • Construct a logical framework & identify and differentiate between conceptual frameworks, results frameworks, and logic models;
  • Describe how frameworks are used for M&E planning & identify criteria for the selection of indicators;
  • Describe how indicators are linked to frameworks & write an indicator for a range of scenarios;
  • Identify types of data sources, manage data collection, and analyse data;
  • Use a full range of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools;
  • Describe how information can be used for decision-making & communicate results.

Yours Sincerely

Derrick

Derrick Sanyahumbi

Sales and Marketing Manager – Training & Events

Email: derrick.sanyahumbi@grmfuturesgroup.com

tel: +44 20 7250 5375  |  mobile: +44 785655 8125  |  skype: gfg-Derrick.Sanyahumbi

http://www.grminternational.com/training

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13 Apr Health systems through conflict and recovery

Date: 13th to 24th April 2015 
Venue:  Pisa, Italy 
 
Millions of people do not have access to health care, because health systems in many countries are either non-existent or dramatically failing. Most of them live in areas chronically affected by violent conflict or slowly re-emerging from it. 
 
The volatility and complexity of conflict and post-conflict contexts post daunting challenges to health workers - both national and international - who are called to rehabilitate derelict health structures. Lack of properly prepared professionals in this field has often resulted in reconstruction efforts characterised by weak analysis, little understanding, inadequate planning and poor implementation. This training programme intends to alleviate this gap. 
 
The Course aims to:
 
- Introduce participants to the main features of conflict-ridden environments
- Identify and discuss the main features of health systems during protracted crises and recovery processes and the most common distortions plaguing healthcare provision
- Analyse and reflect upon the challenges faced by health actors in countries affected or recovering from a conflict
- Introduce participants to recovery processes to the dangers they pose and to the opportunities they provide for correcting long-standing distortions and creating more efficient and fair health systems
- Familiarise participants with the existing literature in this field and stimulate their interest in conducting further research
 
The following topics will be covered: 

- The conflict environment; international and humanitarian law; the aid system and its politics; aid management;
- Information and intelligence in protracted crises
- The interpretation of epidemiological and mortality data in protracted crises; communicable diseases and conflict
- Health policy analysis, planning and financing in troubled health sectors
- Health-related resources: personnel, medicines, facilities, and their management
- Contributing to the recovery of disrupted health sectors, through analysis, research, negotiation, appraisal of options, and forecasting

 

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