UNDP trains a pool of civil society master trainers on training assessment and reporting

The activity followed a needs assessment for the capacities of a pool of master trainers providing support to civil society and non-governmental organizations. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2017

Istanbul- “We now have improved knowledge of tools and standards of assessment and reporting on training activities.” This is what one representative of civil society organizations (CSOs), Mrs. Etimad Al-Azzawi, said at the conclusion of a two-day training of master trainers held in Istanbul on 17-18 November 2017. “We used to conduct assessments randomly, but now we are able to proceed within a framework and open space for participation and interaction with other master trainers,” she added.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized this activity under its Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG). The activity followed a needs assessment for the capacities of a pool of master trainers providing support to civil society and non-governmental organizations in their governorates. 

The workshop assessed training design submissions to select the Best Training Design Award for Iraq 2017, and tackled techniques and challenges of design and implementation, as well as preparation of comprehensive activity reports. Participants developed a workplan for 2018, focusing on cooperation and networking between the master trainers themselves, as well as between the master trainers, the NGOs Directorate of the Council of Representative, and respective local and national organizations.

CSOs representative and trainer, Mr. Haider Alawadi, said: ”The training provided an opportunity for us to exchange information, experiences and lessons learned from previous design and implementation of training activities.”

UNDP will continue providing technical support to ensure sustainability of the pool of master trainers who are helping to build Iraqi expertise and provide a knowledge base for civil society and respective entities in Iraq.

Under SPAG, UNDP has been supporting Iraq’s Council of Representatives in modernizing its internal procedures, in order to empower its oversight role over legislative processes and strengthen participatory and accountable governance in line with national reform plans.

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Zeyad Al Obaidi, Acting Project Manager for SPAG

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