6 week Project Design & Implementation Practical
Field based practical training in designing & implementing a development project
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 project based training, participants will follow the specifics of internationally recognised formats in addressing social development issues within local communities in The Gambia. With crop yield in the Sahel region of Africa falling by more than 56% during the 2012 harvest, resulting in 35% of The Gambian population being food insecure, participants will be involved in the design and implementation of a development intervention aimed at reducing child malnutrition. Working through the process of the project cycle, using a sustainable and inclusive bottom-up approach to development, participants will gain experience in the planning and/or implementation management of an appropriate response to this issue.
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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.
The Sahel crisis
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Basics of Designing and Implementing a Development Project
• Understanding different approaches to poverty alleviation and development:
multiple realities and the discourses of development.
• Working with Donors, NGOs, governments, and communities: what are their
agendas and how does this effect your project.
• Project cycle management and the tools for planning, implementing and
monitoring an intervention: how do we make our project affective.
• 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
• 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.
• Logical FrameWork: a summary of the project plans.
• Activity and logistical plan: who is going to what, how long will it take, and
how much will is cost.
• Deligation and managemen: implementing the activity and logistical plan.
• Monitoring progress and adjusting: checking that the project is going to
plan, and making changes where neccessary.
To develop the skills and knowledge needed to design and plan an
appropriate development response to issues concerning poverty in least
New sessions to be confirmed.
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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.
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 6 week project design, plan and implementation for international development is an exciting
and unique opportunity to hands-on learn the skills, tools and processes involved in implementing
international development projects. This international development training is design to equip you
with the necessary knowledge and skills for a career in international development. At CARLA
International we understand that it is hard to secure international development jobs, and have
therefore designed this programme with the collaboration of various NGOs and multi-lateral donors
including The Royal Geographical Society, UNICEF and Concern Universal, in order to address not
only the issues surround international development interventions, but to address them in a way
that would be helpful for your international development career.
Furthermore, as a member of enough food for everybody IF, CARLA Internationals 6 week
international development course will involve the implementation of a development project aimed
at reducing the level of malnutrition in the Sahel crisis hit Gambia. Unlike volunteering in Africa,
these courses tackle international development from a professional perspective as outlined by
donor organisations. Where volunteering Africa has loosely set objectives that are generally not
meaningful to the communities that they engage with, CARLA International s international
development training courses will be of direct benefit to the hosting community.
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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.
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.
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.