The Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development Project is aimed at developing capacities for collection, analysis and dissemination of development data (funded by UNDP and the EU).  A 5 day residential training took place at Mohale Lodge, Lesotho, with 76 participants from different ministries, academic institutions and other bodies.  Five IMA facilitators conducted the training designed to assist in building institutional support and technical skills, to strengthen national and sectoral capacities, to generate and utilize data for Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation. 

The participants were split into their sectoral sub groups, and developed their understanding of RBM with a focus on the strategic goals each group specified using guidance from the National Strategic Development Plan, each sector sharing their work to connect with the whole group’s collective experience.  22 participants took part in a further three day Training of Trainers to learn and practice facilitation techniques to be able to deliver the RBM course in the future.

A particular success was the social mapping exercise which with such a big group of willing and energetic participants was an excellent way to start off this busy workshop.

by Silvia Capezzuoli

It is an amazing feeling to see the ripple effect of the training we ran in December 2017 on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) for REBYC-LAC II.

IMA has been supporting EAFM initiatives since 2013, initially in Asia and more recently in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting the sustainable and equitable use of fisheries-related resources. The EAFM approach has been developed and refined by the EAFM consortium. It is based on the three components of Human and Ecological Wellbeing through Good Governance. Key principles are: good governance, appropriate scale, increased participation, multiple objectives, cooperation and coordination, adaptive management and precautionary approach.

In December 2017 we ran EAFM training and Training of Trainers for FAO’s ‘Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries’ (REBYC-II LAC) project, with agency staff and fisher associations represented from the 6 project countries in the region. Many of these countries have now carried out their own training and awareness raising for their key stakeholders.

In February 2018 INVEMAR ran a familiarisation session for scientific researchers and WWF in Colombia; a month later Magdalena University and WWF then co-ran a participatory EAFM workshop with INVEMAR for 70+ fisherfolk

In March 2018 in Costa Rica, INCOPESCA strengthened capacity of its own agency staff and Suriname ran familiarisations sessions for fishers and fisheries stakeholders

We are looking forward to more news from the REBYC-LAC II region!

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Great sharing on our last day of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training of Trainers, near Tarcoles, on Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The 6 participating Latin America and Caribbean country teams presented solid strategies for supporting the development/revision of pilot site fisheries management plans. Coaching provided by REBYC II-LAC project coordinator, senior lecturer from University of West Indies, Chris Grose and Silvia Capezzuoli.

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Evidence from around the world shows that a broader understanding of Social Protection, encompassing universal elements, rather than a poverty focus, ultimately contributes not only to enhancing economic and social well being, but also contributes directly to more cohesive societies. The mindset shift is to move from a benefit approach to one of entitlements as citizens.

Last week Silvia Capezzuoli lead on facilitating a week-long WFP-funded training initiative for enhancing social protection in Kenya, with content developed and presented by Development Pathways. This training of trainers (TOT) was the starting point of a WFP-supported Learning and Development programme supporting the Social Protection Secretariat (SPS) core national team to advocate for broader social protection in Kenya.

We created an environment where SPS staff felt comfortable with and debated new content. Most importantly, we ensured participants practised delivering actual mini-sessions to familiarise themselves with all materials and skills needed to facilitate the 2-day social protection course themselves as they move forward.  


We are in Rayong, Thailand and it is great to see trainers from SEAFDEC run the course that we initially developed on Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EEAFM).  The Thai participants are deep in discussion deciding on the appropriate objectives and indicators  for their EAFM draft plan.  Tomorrow we will be going on a field trip to put more learning into practice.

At IMA International we believe work we do has to build the capacity of those we work with. One of the ways we do this is provide tailored Training of Trainers (ToT) linked to specific skill sets. Our work with the UN Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME) is a good example. We have just run our third ToT for the collaboratively developed Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management course (EEAFM). Our first two ToT focused on creating a network of suitable EAFM trainers in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. In Malaysia and the Philippines these trainers are now steadily rolling out the Essential EAFM course at national level. This third ToT in Chennai, India, skilled up a cohort of South Asia trainers from India and Sri Lanka. After the ToT we provided valuable on-the-job coaching to the trainers while they successfully delivered the 6-day course to fisheries officers from 4 countries. We also support the new BOBLME regional EEAFM coordinator to assess the uptake and impact of this training in the region.

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