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Project Components
- Training & Institutional Strengthening

This is the second main activity of the Project. At the core of this intervention is the enhanced level of skills and knowledge of local professionals working in the public sector and community leaders by means of a capacity building program designed and delivered by Canadian and Guyanese trainers. The intended outcome of this activity is to establish effective public sector and community capacity necessary to prepare Community Development Plans (CDPs).

To date, the CH&PA has benefited from the expertise of 9 professional development training missions. Several Canadian planning professionals travelled to Guyana to share their experience and expertise with CH&PA planners.

Training Assessment has been conducted at the CH&PA, the Project Department of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs (a sister Agency) 6 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and 3 Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs). Training has been conducted at the CH&PA and the MoAA. Training for the respective NDCs and RDCs is being designed to suit the participants and not detract them from their work.

Several topics were covered during the training in Guyana and they include:

  • Plan Preparation Guidance
  • Efficient Design Options, e.g. Fused-Grid layouts
  • Introduction to Land Use Planning
  • An integrated approach to planning design
  • Techniques/approaches for stakeholder buy-in in the CDP process.
  • Dealing with environmental & topographical challenges in design
  • Project Management for Community Planning and Development
  • Community Involvement and Participation
  • Plan Implementation Guidance

CH&PA planners have benefitted from attending annual CIP Conferences: Niagara Falls, Ontario in 2009; Montreal, Quebec in 2010; and St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador in 2011. The CH&PA's presentation from the 2011 Conference in Newfoundland can be found here. Other professional development activities include:

  • Two- to three-week on-the-job coaching/mentoring by Canadian Senior professionals
  • Annual Professional development missions to Canada linked to CIP Annual Conferences
  • Professional Development Certificate: Collaborating with the EduLink Southern Caribbean consortium
  • Six-month to 1 year placement for Canadian young professionals, serving as full-time, dedicated project support – One year 1, two in year 2, and four in year 3.
  • Community Capacity building will also form a part of the training program

On-the-job coaching/mentoring activities focus on the following topics:

  • Integrated Planning: Social planning, economic planning, environment planning, physical planning
  • Community & Stakeholder engagement: Using the media / use of graphic design and communications
  • Urban Design & Community Design Methodology: working with professional urban designers, in both a rural and urban context, focus on public participation in urban design
  • Implementation tools, including collaborative tools involving relevant ministries and international donors, and tools for monitoring plan implementation

A two-day intensive training course was held in April 2011 for 16 community leaders from Area ‘B’ Lusignan, Bell West and Tuschen Phase 2. This was held separately from the Certificate-based Training Program for staff at government agencies because of the different needs and issues faced by community leaders. Training was provided by a professional Canadian facilitator the Community Development Specialist from the CH&PA. The two trainers worked together to deliver complementary topics related to their respective areas of expertise:

  • How leadership works
  • The roles of a collaborative leader
  • The steps of the community engagement process
  • Examples of engagement processes
  • Identifying and prioritizing community needs using real-life, local community projects as examples
  • The stages of group formation
  • How to effectively work together as a group

The training course was extremely well received by all participants, who appreciated a hand-on approach to community leadership. The community leaders who benefitted from the course continue to work together towards the improvement of their communities; in fact, the two Community Development Micro-Projects currently funded by the C-GPCP are led by recipients of this training course for community leaders.

Certificate-Based Training Program

The Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning (C-GPCP) proudly concluded the first phase of its Certificate Based Training Program with an award ceremony on April 6, 2011. Project staff and representatives from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) awarded certificates to more than thirty public staff from the Central Housing & Planning Authority (CH&PA) and other national agencies involved in community, regional and land use planning.

The C-GPCP's Certificate Based Training Program offered eight courses in a variety of topics including community planning, urban design, facilitation and conflict management, effective presentations, project management and Geographic Information Systems. The courses, delivered by Canadian and Caribbean trainers, offered introductory and practical information to public sector staff with the overall objective of establishing an effective public sector and enhancing the skills/knowledge necessary to prepare Community Development Plans (CDPs).

C-GPCP staff and representatives from the Canadian Institute of Planners present the certificates

Words of recognition by a program participant

Participants and other attendants at the award ceremony

Following the completion of the training program, an evaluation strategy was developed to assess the program’s reach and impact. A professional Canadian facilitator who assisted with the initial development of the Certificate-based Training Program, travelled back to Guyana to assist with the evaluation process. Through a series of targeted interviews with trainees and their supervisors, the evaluation sought to answer the question: Did the training “maximize program results” and “demonstrate program value?” Key findings of the evaluation include:

  • Overall reaction was positive and participants found the topics, content and delivery of the learning worthwhile for their professional and personal lives.
  • Course content was generally presented using a practical hands-on approach. Courses with generic content such as Presentation Skills, Project Management and Conflict Management benefited most participants. However, content and delivery were not adapted to accommodate the differences in participants’ ministries and regions and some participants felt that sections of the training did not specifically apply to their work. Application of new skills might also be restricted by different planning models, managers/supervisors who are not open to different approaches, or where there are no systems to support the implementation.
  • Training should be continued to expose new staff and reinforce concepts with experienced staff.
  • In the future, Managers and Supervisors should be strongly encouraged to attend the same courses as their staff so they can discuss and support the application of new knowledge.

Below you will find useful information related to the program:

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News Article - Award Ceremony
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Training Program - Terms of Reference
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Press Release - World Town Planning Day
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News Article - Banff Crag & Canyon
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News Article - Training Program Launched
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