2 week Project Design & Planning Practical
Field based practical training in designing & Planning a development project
Course overview

The practical programmes have been developed in collaboration with The Royal Geographical Society, UNICEF and WFP, in order to provide participants with an opportunity to gain practical experience of working within the social development sector in Africa. The contents and objectives have been formulated to offer participants the unique opportunity to hands-on-learn the tools and processes that are needed to design and plan effective development projects.
As a field based training, participants will follow the specifics of internationally recognised techniques in addressing social development issues within local communities in The Gambia. You will explore the socio-cultural realities of the poor, building a deep understanding of their perceptions of poverty and pro-poor interventions. During the course you will take part in workshops and on the ground practical's, building your knowledge and skills while addressing the real life issues of some of the poorest communities in Africa.

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The Sahel crisis

The Sahel is a zone of African countries just south of the Sahara, including Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Nigeria, Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. The region is among the poorest and most underdeveloped in the world. It is characterized by extremely low levels of seasonal rainfall. In recent years, rainfall has decreased even further and become more erratic.  Since 2012, the Sahel has struggled with catastrophic levels of food insecurity putting 8 million people at risk of hunger. This emergency has pushed the region into a full-fledged humanitarian crisis.

Multiple and complex factors have contributed to the deteriorating situation in the Sahel, including:
Drought has resulted in poor harvests, with 56 per cent less crops than last year. The annual lean season is expected to begin earlier than usual.
Subsistence agriculture provides the main livelihood for many people across the region, making them heavily dependent on markets and vulnerable to price volatility.
In the absence of storage facilities and loans, many farmers have no choice but to sell their crops the moment they are ready at extremely low prices and buy the same products later at high prices.
The effect of exchange rates is limiting the regional flow of food.
Food shortages have triggered rises in food prices in markets. Corn prices in the Sahel are 60 to 85 percent higher than average prices over the last five years, at this time of year.
Communities are still vulnerable, having not yet had a chance to re-capitalise their lost assets from the food crisis of 2009-2010. Trapped in a downward spiral of debt, asset loss and malnutrition, the poorest families lack the means to improve their resilience to these recurring crises.
The crisis is occurring in a region of underlying acute poverty, where every year more than 27 percent of children suffer from malnutrition and more than half the population lives on less than a dollar a day.
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The Gambia

The Republic of The Gambia is a low-income and food-deficient country. With more than 30 percent of the population undernourished, poverty is recognised as being closely related to food insecurity. Undernourishment is especially severe in children where there is a 22 percent prevalence of chronic child malnutrition. The causes are associated with inadequate local food production, poor financial income, and rising imported food prices. With the onset of the Sahel crisis in April 2012, crop harvests fell by more than 56 percent, which has resulted in 35 percent of the population being food insecure.

Relevant Stats

Human Development Rank
168 out of 187

Total population: 1,728,000

Population living on less than $1.25 a day:

Population working in Agriculture:

Population food insecure

Prevelance of child Malnutrition:

Infant mortality rate:

Our 2 week practical international development training has been developed in  
collaboration with the royal geographical society and UNICEF, in accordance with  
the enough food for everyone campaign. This international development training  
course will take place in Africa, and unlike volunteering Africa, will be of direct  
benefit to an international development career. We understand that international  
development jobs are hard to come by, and that field experience is a necessary part  
of your portfolio should you wish to embark on an international development career.  
To this end, our international development training has been designed to equip you  
with the relevant international development skills that volunteering in Africa could  
not give you.
It is a 2 week international development course where you will undergo hands on  
learning of the knowledge and skills needed in a career in international  
development. This will help you in your search for an international development job  
and will be invaluable in you international development career. The content is  
social development based and involves following the project management cycle in  
designing and planning an appropriate international development response. This  
response goes hand in hand with the aims of the enough food for everyone if  
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Curse outline

Situation Assessment

   Understanding different approaches to poverty alleviation and development:
     multiple realities and the discourses of development.

   Rapid Rural Appraisals: What is the situation on the ground from a broad 

   Using a problem tree and objectives tree to analyse a situation: what do you
     think the problem is and what is its cause.

   Identifying and analysing stakeholders: who do you work with and what can  
     they do.

Project planning

   Particapatory Rural Appraisals: consolidating situation assesment with

   Building the implementation plan: strategy and activity planning.

   Writing a concept note:outlining project details for donor/investor approval.

To develop the skills and knowledge needed to design and plan an
appropriate development response to issues concerning poverty in least
developed countries.

Monday 31st March - 11th April 2014
Monday 3rd - 14th November 2014

CARLA International Field Centre
  The Gambia
Who with

David Measures is the Director of Social and Economic Development with over ten years in the field. A post graduate from the Institute of Development Studies, he is a socio-economist, specialising in sustainable livelihoods, innovations and the wellbeing approach.  He has expert experience in designing and implementing development interventions in collaboration with bilateral and multilateral donors, in Sub-Sahara Africa and the Western Pacific. David takes a multi-disciplinary approach to his work, including anthropology, sociology and economics, and has been lecturing and facilitating international development courses for over five years.
Who for
The course is aimed towards students and graduates of the social sciences, and anyone with a keen interest in international development. Some prior understanding of international development is suggested so as to encourage maximum learning outcomes.
Gibrill Barry: Senior officer of the United Nations World Food Programme sponsored SAFMU. Specialising in agriculture, Mr. Barry has had over twenty five years experience in small holder development in the Sahel region of West Africa. Mr. Barry is also a qualified secondary school teacher and has been teaching and facilitating workshops for over twenty five years.