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Bringing together 10 years of useful lessons learned from UNDEF civil society projects

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Technology changes: don’t build a strategy around something that might become obsolete

The grantee was caught out by the rapidity of social and technological change which made internet cafes redundant as a site for social communication, based on computer-based email and file …
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Hands-on and practical activities have more impact

The training was practical and taught youth how to make things happen– starting with how to identify the problem, collect information, make recommendations and prepare an action plan to address …

Serious challenges were encountered in providing training to working class women – the ultimate beneficiaries – whose circumstances were very different from those of the middle-class, educated trainees. The Training …

Most of those who were interviewed, both trainers and trainees, recognized the limitations of the trainer designation, and many indicated to the trainers that, while inspired by the course, they …

Eighty per cent of the trainees completed the Training of Trainers course and were certified as trainers, but it must be noted that the only requirement for certification was the …

The work to prepare the 350 women trainees to be trainers themselves was less successful. This is, in part, the result of a design flaw in the project, whereby the …

The project was extremely effective in building and enhancing the awareness and understanding of the concepts of gender equality and women’s rights in the case of the 350 women activists …

There will need to be more effort to engage men in understanding both the importance of urban planning and the need to involve women in urban planning processes. While some …

The project did not meet all its targets in relation to the number of community members, in particular men, who would be engaged by the activities in Palestine. However, the …

The restrictions on travel imposed on participants required the grantee to spend more on transport and accommodation than originally budgeted for. This put the project seriously at risk. While the …