Call for applications: Training on Managing for Impact (M4I),
21 September – 2 October 2009, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Closing date: 31st July 2009

Course Details| Application form – New.

The Strengthening Managing for Impact Programme (SMIP) is calling for applications to attend a training workshop on Managing for Impact. The purpose of this workshop is to continue with developing and strengthening capacity of individual service providers and practitioners within Eastern & Southern Africa to support pro-poor projects to effectively manage toward impact. Specific objectives of the training workshop include:

  • Enhancing the skills and knowledge of service providers and practitioners on what managing for impact means and how to put it into practice; and
  • Identifying service providers and practitioners willing to continue to collaborate with one another and pro-poor initiatives beyond the training workshop through a managing for impact network.

This workshop will be held in Bloemfontein, South Africa from 21 September – 2 October 2009. To apply for this training workshop, please complete the application form and participant profile and email the completed form to or fax to +27 51 430 8322 no later than 31 July 2009.

Strengthening Managing for Impact Programme (SMIP) is an IFAD Funded Capacity Building Programme. Further details about the workshop are available from the link below:

For full details about this course, please click here……


The SMIP team is currently in the process of supporting the Zanzibar ASSP & ASDP-L projects to roll out their participatory and learning oriented M&E Plan. One of the first activities was to try and build the capacity of and motivate District Facilitators (extension officers, subject matter specialists etc) to facilitate the Farmer Field School (FFS) monitoring sessions.We did this through training – consisting of 1 1/2 days in a “class-room setting” and 4 1/2 days in the field working with the farmers. (more…)

Course focus

Would you like to improve the performance of your project or programme through more effective stakeholder participation, improved planning or more reflective monitoring and evaluation (M&E)? Are you trying to design a flexible programme or project better suited to complexity and uncertainty in rural development contexts or natural resources management? Such challenges are the focus of this course.

The course recognises that “blue print planning” has become unworkable and often counterproductive. Instead, more flexible, adaptive and process orientated approaches are required. M&E needs to be learning focused, and directed towards supporting managers to cope in a complex and rapidly changing world. At the same time, high demands on accountability and transparency necessitate effective planning and M&E systems that also inform funding agencies, governing agencies and other stakeholders on the impact and progress of development projects and programmes and on other specific information requirements each stakeholder may have.

The participatory approaches are critical for: focusing projects or programmes towards needs of clients’/beneficiaries’; developing ownership and facilitating learning amongst stakeholder groups; and adapting the direction of a programme or project in response to lessons learnt. The course focuses on how to design and institutionalise participatory planning and M&E systems in projects, programmes and organisations or networks for continuous learning and enhanced performance. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between management information needs and responsibilities and the planning and M&E functions.

Aims and objectives

New insights about:

·     The principles of participatory and learning orientated planning, monitoring and evaluation

·     Current trends in planning and M&E theory and practice and the requirements of funding bodies

·     Creating a learning culture in teams and organisations

Strengthened competence to:

·     Facilitate participatory planning and M&E processes

·     Design and manage M&E systems that support adaptive and flexible project and programme management in complex, multi-stakeholder environments

·     Provide support in assessing and enhancing impact of the project / programme / organisation / network

Clear ideas for:

·     Improving planning and M&E in your organisation

·     Further strengthening your own competence to facilitate participatory planning and M&E processes.


The deadline for application directly to Wageningen International, with funding other than a NFP fellowship, is    2 February 2009. Early application is recommended. For additional information and online application, go to: and click on the course of your interest. 

Mosaic announces the dates for the upcoming July 2008 Summer Workshops on:  1) Stakeholder Participation in: Planning, Needs Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation; 2) Results-based Management, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology; and 3) Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation.  

Stakeholder Participation in  Planning, Needs Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation using PRA/PLA Tools. Held at the University of Ottawa, Canada. July 7-12, 2008

The Stakeholder Participation workshop focuses on core participatory concepts, tools and their application. This is an intensive six-day workshop set in the community to maximize learning, group interaction and networking.  Topics include The Origins of Participatory Development, Learning and Application of PRA/PLA tools, the Application of Participation to Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Developing Effective Facilitation Skills, Building Action Plans and Team-Building.  Two-day community assignments proposed by community-based organizations in the Ottawa region will allow participants to apply tools learned in the workshop to real-life situations.  This is also a great opportunity to network with other practitioners, NGOs, donors, and action researchers from all over the world.

For further information, please refer to the web site at http// or by email at

Results-based Management, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology
Held at the University of Ottawa, Canada
July 14-18, 2008

This popular workshop introduces participants to Results-based Management, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology.  Demonstrate the effectiveness of your programmes with Results-based Management.  Master what we mean by results, develop programme/organizational plans which are results-based and design performance monitoring systems based on indicators and participatory methods.  You will also expand your repertoire of tools  to also learn about Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space and how they can be applied to your organization, programme and/or project.  These approaches are increasingly being used around the world to tap into new ways to do our work in ways that are more results-oriented, more appreciative and less problem-focused and more self-organized vs top down.

For further information, please refer to the web site at http// or by email at

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
Held at the University of Ottawa, Canada
July 21-26,2008

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM & E) involves a different approach to project monitoring and evaluation by involving local people, project stakeholders, and development agencies deciding together about how to measure results and what actions should follow once this information has been collected and analyzed.  This intensive six day experiential workshop is practically focused with daily excursions into the community and a three-day community assignment.  Topics covered at the workshop include Origins of PM & E, Skills and Attributes of a PM & E facilitator, Learning PM & E Tools, Designing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, Quantitiative and Qualitative Indicators and Building Actions Plan and much more.  

All workshops organized by Mosaic are sensitive to issues of gender, ethnicity, race,  and class and how these can influence outcomes and  how we see the world if they are absent from our assumptions, direct participation,  our analysis and conclusions. 

Can’t attend the workshops?  Contact Mosaic to custom design a workshop to suit the specific needs of your organization.

For further information, please refer to the web site at http// or by email at Send your full mailing address for a brochure.

Francoise Coupal and Helen Patterson, Facilitators International, Inc.