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AMURT & AMURTEL 2012 training report

AMURT & AMURTEL held a Participatory Humanitarian Program Manager Training at the College of Noehumanist Studies, Gurukul’s Sweden campus, from June 7 – 30. The training consisted of an introduction to humanitarian frameworks and 3 competency-based modules focused on the management of projects, finances, and people. The program was modeled after the internationally recognized BioForce Institute training methodology, and was adapted to include the AMURT & AMURTEL philosophy and field experiences, as well as key Participatory Learning & Action tools and principles. The training modules were designed to enhance the Quality and Accountability of humanitarian programs, through the use of simulation, group work, case studies, role-plays, and practical tools and exercises.

The participants included representatives from Scandinavia, West Africa, North America and South East Asia. Besides accomplished field coordinators there were also 5 young budding humanitarians from the International School of Social Service. That mix of experience and idealism brought about a unique participatory experience that afforded the older participants a chance to mentor and guide the younger. They say the best way to learn a subject is to do it and teach it.The classes featured technical and standards based curriculum and were interspersed throughout with alternate brain hemisphere activities such as music, games and arts.

AMURT & AMURTEL plans to evolve this unique training format and plans are in motion to offer sessions in East Kenya, South East Asia and in Europe in 2013.

Several sessions were held in groups. Here one of the trainers, Demeter Russafov, goes through some of the finer points of the logical framework with the senior project managers.
Sara Wolf, one of the trainers, has an M.A. in Urban Education from Harvard and was selected as New York City Teacher of the Year by her students and peers in 2010.
The training made ample use of both brain hemispheres. Here an important concept of stakeholder analysis is taught using strings and scarves.

 

 

Participatory Humanitarian Program Manager Training in Sweden June 2012

The humanitarian field is evolving dynamically in response to increasingly complex challenges. As agents of humanitarian work, our capability to manage people, projects and organizations is crucial to successful and long-lasting impacts of service efforts. Honing the level and scope of our practical skills and competencies to confront these diverse challenges, is one of the prerequisites for achieving high quality and professionalism in the sector. One of the greatest needs humanitarian workers have is to know how to employ participatory methodology to ensure the sustainability of programs.


The program is modeled after the internationally recognized BioForce Institute training methodology, and is adapted to include the AMURT & AMURTEL philosophy and field experiences, as well as key Participatory Learning & Action tools and principles. The training modules have been designed to enhance the Quality and Accountability of humanitarian programs, through the use of simulation, group work, case studies, role-plays, and practical tools and exercises.


The key participants this training will target include field leaders, project managers, fundraisers, rising coordinators, and people directly involved in the management of various AMURT & AMURTEL-related programs. Participants can choose to take individual modules or the entire 4-module program, resulting in an AMURT & AMURTEL professional development certification.

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This gift program enables you to share your holiday gifts with other less fortunate people around the world, making a permanent difference in the lives of those who are truly needy. The gifts are small but integral parts of our projects, including items such as maternity kits for village midwives in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, small business loans for women in the Philippines, and fruit trees and urban gardens for families in Haiti. Read more