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UWI partners with OAS for Project Management workshop

For Release Upon Receipt - October 8, 2010

St. Augustine

The Business Development Office (BDO), UWI St Augustine partnered with the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, the Department of Planning and Evaluation (DPE) and the National Office in Trinidad and Tobago, to organise a three-day results-based Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop for project managers. The workshop was held at the Institute of Critical Thinking, UWI from September 21st to 23rd, 2010.

The workshop training was facilitated by Ms. Yacsire Cutler, Chief of the Progam Management Section of OAS/DPE.  It consisted of six modules with specific focus on planning for monitoring and evaluation, results-based monitoring and evaluation, data collection and analysis and writing progress reports for project implementation.

The rationale behind this workshop stemmed in part from the need to train project leaders who are often primarily concerned with the technical aspects of projects and may allocate little attention to the management of the administrative aspects of project execution. This has often resulted in difficulties in meeting the conditions established by the funding agencies.

The workshop was formally opened by Dr. Riyad Insanally, Resident Representative of the OAS in Port of Spain and Dr. David Rampersad, Director of the BDO. UWI participants include academic and administrative staff members. Since the UWI enjoys a close association with several government ministries in the implementation of major projects, including OAS technical cooperation projects, participants from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, the Ministry of Planning, Economic and Social Reconstruction and Gender Affairs, the Ministry of Local Government and the National Institute of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (NIHERST) were also invited to participate in order to strengthen their knowledge and expertise in this field.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Rampersad expressed his hope that this workshop would contribute to knowledge transfer from multilateral donors and capacity building for the UWI and other participating organizations, as well as lead to a stronger mutual understanding of the issues faced by the St Augustine campus and the public sector during the course of project implementation.

The interactive and informative sessions led to thirty-six persons being successfully trained and they were awarded certificates of participation.

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