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15/08/2017

Our 1st vlog

A rare occurrence happened last week, four of our in-house consultants were in the office at the same time!

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09/08/17

We're looking for a Project Administrator

Project Administrator

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02/08/2017

Cape Town programme

Our Cape Town programme is just a little bit more than a month away. Participants are filling up applications a few places are still available. This time we will have groups from more than 15 different countries ensuring a wide range of exchange of practices and methodologies from your experience as development practitioners. Participants on Theory of Change and Monitoring and Evaluation programmes will also have the chance to experience some cutting edge participatory methodologies in a real life experience in Haut Bay Township in Cape Town, visiting Ikhaya le Temba project http://iklethemba.co.za/ , a local NGO that provides after school activities to children and youth living in the township. These types of field visit are always a chance for practitioners to step out of their comfort zone for a moment and bridge the existing gap between NGOs, UN organisations and people on the ground. The field visit benefits participants and is a real chance for the project to check the impact it’s having in the community living in the township.

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26/06/17

Key takeaways from our Brighton ME for Results course

We believe that for a training course to be a real learning experience, participants need to feel they go home with real ‘takeaways’ which they can comfortably put into practice to improve their work. 18 participants from UNDP, World Bank, Ghana Revenue Authority, Rwanda Electricity Corporation, KOICA, Centre for Communication Programmes Nigeria, Danish Refugee Council, Porticus Trust Kenya, SIDA and independents gathered together for 2 weeks at our seafront venue to talk, listen, learn and share experiences. We know that all 18 participants from 11 different countries definitely acquired new skills and tips at a personal level. In terms of professional development, key takeaways ranged from our action learning approach, which fosters incremental and in-depth understanding, to working with and critiquing participant-owned live case studies. In an open and trusting environment, we unpacked daunting concepts and terminology of Monitoring and Evaluation, taking participants on a reflective journey encompassing critical planning for M&E, stakeholder engagement, tools and frameworks, evaluation approaches and participatory M&E. We discussed how Theory of change can support and structure evaluation processes. We also explored the wider role of M&E ‘champions’ as change agents in their own organisational setting, linking to wider knowledge sharing processes for organisational change. The group who were with us for the Certificate in Development Management were able to weave in a leadership perspective.

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13/06/2017

Leadership and Management in Development training

Our recent 'Leadership and Management in Development’ course in Brighton went well...

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11 May 2017

Essential EAFM in Mexico

Supporting fisheries management in Mexico. Working with The Nature Conservancy, Mexican government agencies CONAPESCA and INAPESCA, and fisheries consultant Derek Staples, Silvia is running the Essential EAFM course in Mexico City this week. The main participants are INAPESCA and CONAPESCA fisheries agencies from both Pacific and Atlantic programmes, plus SEMARNAT (environment agency) and FAO.

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5 May 2017

Knowledge Management comes alive

In Brussels, a group came together on our five-day Knowledge Management training course this week. With ten nationalities and diverse contexts in play, participants learnt, studied, practiced and shared to gain deeper understanding of the art of knowledge management. They left in high spirits, taking with them a clearer sense of direction, concrete next steps and enlivened belief in the necessity and benefits of knowledge management.

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4 May 2017

Leadership forum in Brighton

We are holding our fourth leadership forum Wednesday 7 June 16.30, Mercure Hotel, Brighton seafront: A connected approach to leadership - How a shift in perspective improves strategic thinking and much more. Come and find out:

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12 April 2017

IMA April Newsletter

Welcome to our April newsletter in which we share:  
•    Our new publication ‘Stories and Patterns of Change 2016’
•    The latest IMA videos
•    International development news and resources and
•    Our upcoming courses in Belgium, the UK and Kenya   

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3 April 2017

Ruth Jolly refects on what we most need to learn about leadership

I’d say we seek to be authentic and effective. To better connect and coordinate action with others. To really flourish in roles we believe in and contribute to purposes we are still inspired by. There are claims that we live in a VUCA world, one that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. That organisations are not stable structures of a Newtonian mind-set – but complex, adaptive systems. That there’s a compelling call for purpose-driven organisations to organise differently and dynamically. That those identified with management and leadership need to be different from their predecessors. Our Leadership and Management in Development training course provides space to pay attention to these claims as we learn the practicalities of management and engage with concepts of leadership. Good management is helpful and rewarding - the life blood of effective delivery! And certain concepts of leadership translate into liberating organisations and their impact. Joseph Jaworski¹ said,“Before you can lead others… you have to discover yourself”  and Jim Kouzes² maintains the very best organisations’ liberate the leader in everyone.

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8 March 2017

Working with the Aga Khan Foundation and partners

Live news from Tajikistan in Pamir valley - Chris, Giulio and Dani are working with the Aga Khan Foundation and partners on developing ways to identify the ultra poor and design initiatives to bring them out of poverty traps.

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15 February 2017

IMA Stories and Patterns of Change published

This publication Stories and Patterns of Change, is the first in a series we are launching to let organisations and friends know how our work-related learning progresses.  We show examples of our 2016 work around the world, as well as some reflections on patterns we have observed through our facilitation approach.  To receive your own copy please just give us your full postal address. 

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9 February 2017

How do YOU learn?

We believe that learning is an essential process that helps us to develop and adapt to current and new situations through ongoing reflection and sense-making. The focus of IMA work is to foster learning spaces where adults can make sense of concepts, practices and conversations by relating in meaningful ways. And by adults here, we are talking about the clients we work with as well as ourselves. The Honey and Mumford model of four learning styles outlines how everyone has their own particular preference for how they learn. In this model, the four learning styles are Activists (prefers doing and experiencing), Reflectors (observes and reflects), Theorists (wants to understand reasons concepts and relationships) and Pragmatists (likes to try things out to see if they work). In fact most of us are a blend of these four styles. The challenge for us as adult learners, is to be open to learn in ways which we may find difficult or which take us outside our comfort zone. The challenge for us as facilitators of training and group processes, is to ensure that we are aware of and can capitalise on all these different styles with the people with whom we work. Take this Learning Styles Questionnaire to find out your preferred learning style.

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25 January 2017

Madrid-based consultant joins IMA

We warmly welcome Daniel Guijarro, our new senior consultant based in Madrid.  He has over 13 years’ experience in international development and human rights, working in English, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese; “My approach to facilitation and evaluation is heavily informed by my experience on the processes and flows of knowledge and learning, from grassroots participatory processes into the organisational learning and decision making of INGOs. I draw on my experience of applying participatory and empowerment approaches to evaluation processes and promoting inclusive spaces, where different stakeholders engage and all voices can be heard in constructive dialogue.  I use principles of Participatory Action Research and Power Analysis for facilitation, combined with Double Loop Learning theory to help stakeholders and organisations critically look at the assumptions, mindsets, values and relationships that guide their plans and actions. I am looking forward to working for IMA, a great organisation that is guided by inspiring values that contribute to social change.”

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20 January 2017

January newsletter

Read our new year newsletter.  It includes articles on how we learn and Theory of Change and international development news including scholarships to the African Evaluation Association's conference and the OPEC Foundation.  If you would like to receive it directly to your inbox each quarter sign up and join our 5000+ subscribers.

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