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16/10/2017

RBM workshop in Lesotho

Dani, Giulio, Silvia, Mick and Leigh are in Lesotho facilitating a workshop on RBM for the Lesotho Data project funded by UNDP and European Union. Great start with social and institutional map.  More news soon...

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13/09/2017

Theory of Change and Monitoring and Evaluation with ACRA

The Italian NGO ACRA works in different countries, directly implementing projects and working through partners. Recently, staff at HQ articulated the need to harmonise their understanding of M&E concepts and tools. Leigh and Silvia facilitated a workshop for ACRA in Milan, allowing project and support staff to develop their own understanding of what M&E means to ACRA. We worked on theories of change for a couple of projects and critically, spent time looking at how to develop and strengthen the relationship between projects and the wider, organizational learning environment, ensuring engagement and accountability.   

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25/08/2017

Supporting AVERT to develop their next 5 year Strategic Plan

We were very pleased asked by AVERT to support their thinking process as they develop their next 5 year Strategic Plan.  As a starting point we explored the team’s thinking around AVERT’s work and reason for being- working globally on HIV and AIDS prevention.  Using Theory of Change we discussed the importance of personal and organisational assumptions, highlighting how much we need to be aware of these as they frame our view of reality and social change.  The AVERT team developed their theory of change over a number of weeks and IMA provided continuous support.

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23/08/2017

Supporting WWF Russia Murmansk staff to design a Participatory ME system

Giulio and Daniel have recently been to Murmansk (Russia) where they facilitated a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation design system for the Barents, Baltic Nature and People Programme. The workshop supported the WWF Russia Murmansk staff in designing a Participatory M&E system integrated with qualitative data collection and analysis.  Participants had a practical experience around the value of timelines and Stories of Change for M&E purposes integrating a qualitative approach to the usual Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).

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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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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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