MBZIBAIN, AURELIAN; Begum, Rufsana; Haruna, Ella; Nyirenda, Richard; Pavey, Marc (World Forestry Congress 2015, 2015-09-07)
The objective of this paper is to share lessons learnt from the Centre for International
Development and Training’s (CIDT) five-year capacity building (CB) model for improving forest
governance (FG). The model develops individual, organisational, and institutional capacities and
creates “venues of accountability” that facilitate cross-country learning. The model operates at
three levels: international, regional and national. The first component is a UK-based
programme of training and mentoring that targets mid-level FG champions from government,
private sector and civil society in 20+ countries/3 continents. This is complemented by a series
of high-level regional Forest Governance Forums (FGFs) facilitated in selected countries
(Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Liberia) and tailored national CB events
co-delivered with local partners. Data is drawn from online surveys of international alumni,
regional FGF participants and 80 face-to-face interviews with various stakeholders from 15
countries. Results show significant improvements in knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence
of course participants, with evidence of effective application of learning and multiplier effects
on the ground. Additionally, the value of north-south and south-south exchanges is evidenced
by the creation of networks and alliances of FG champions. The findings also demonstrate the
innovativeness of FGFs as spaces of accountability and cross-country learning, notably because
they ensure momentum on FG reforms is maintained at national, regional and international
levels. The implications of this work to policy and practice are discussed.
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