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2 Week Project Design & Planning - field based practical training in  
design & planning a development initiative.

6 Week Project Management Cycle - project integrated practical    
training in designing, planning & implementing a development initiative.

These amazing programmes have been developed in collaboration wth the Royal Gegrapical Society, UNlCEF, WFP and Concern Universal; and are unique opportunities to hands-on learn what is involved in international development and aid interventions. They have been designed to provide you with the essential field experience needed for working in international development and aid. As a supporter of the    Campaign, they involve identifying the best ways to support children in securing nutritional foods in this time of the Sahel crisis. The programmes involve designing, planning and/or implementing an appropriate response.

You will be taken throught the donor specified process of the project management cycle using a sustainable and inclusive bottom-up approach to development. The 2 week programme involves the stages of identifying real problems, engaging in a situation assessment, and planning an appropriate project. The 6 week programme extends into project implementation, with an immersion to allow for a fuller understanding of the issues and effects from a culturally grounded perspective. Both courses look at the specifics of how to do 'development' right and are unique and exciting opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills needed for working in development as good change. The courses include:

Practical Training in International Development

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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:

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.

There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, yet one in eight women, men and children go to bed hungry every night. Each year, 2.3 million children die from malnutrition. There is enough food to feed everyone, but the majority of those going hungry are small-scale farmers. There is enough food for everyone, but people cannot afford to buy it. In developing countries, poor people often spend as much as three quarters of their income on food.
Situation Assessment
Rapid Rural Appraisals (RRAs)
Problem analysis
Stakeholder analysis
Immersion & ethnographic study

Project planning
Building a plan using a Logical Framework
Objectives, activities and indicators
Participatory Rural Appraisals

Project Implementation (6 Week)
Activity & logistics
Delegation & management
Monitoring progress & adjustment
Whilst this is an amazing opportunity to understand the processes of doing effective and sustainable development, the local communities will ultimately be the key beneficiaries, as the project you will be involved in will be the basis of providing facilities for the increased levels of food production for children.
Training Courses
No one need be hungry or
malnurished.... IF....

• The G8 is commited to aiding
  agricultural development
• There is investment in small-scale
• There is sustainable management of
  cash crop and biofuel production
• There is investment in nutrition
• There is finance for the adaptation
  to climate change
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