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Project Management in International Development

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Would you like to learn more about how to optimize your projects for best results? The Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan a Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation, welcomes anyone wishing to learn about project management in international development to a 3-hour workshop facilitated by Meg Barker and Anne Gillies of OLI-works. This workshop is on the topic of Project Management, specifically, Results-Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

The workshop will be through a videoconference link to include one of the facilitators and experts, Anne Gillies, and parts of the presentation may be pre-recorded. We will be relying on participants to “tell their stories”, as well as hearing us speak. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from experts in international development project management!

Date and time: Friday, March 22 from 9am-noon

Location: 400-1631 Dickson Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 0B5 (Landmark 6) – Boardroom

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/project-management-in-international-development-registration-57736780264

In order to help facilitate your learning objectives, please complete the pre-event survey here.

Light refreshments. Registration is free, please register before March 22nd.


Meet our Facilitators!

Anne Gillies, B.A., M.A.

Anne Gillies is a senior professional evaluator with an M.A. in adult education and community development, who has worked in the field of international program evaluation for nearly 25 years. Anne has extensive experience both as a team leader and evaluation specialist with multi-faceted, multi-country program evaluations, as well as project-based evaluations. She has worked on over 30 large- and small-scale evaluations since the mid 1990s, ranging in size and scope from localized, community-drive initiatives in social development (health, education and community capacity building), to multi-country technical initiatives valued at millions of dollars. She has been involved in all aspects of evaluation design, evaluation project management and/or reporting for these assignments, and she is adept at transforming broader technical demands into easily applicable, localized approaches.

Working as a monitoring and evaluation consultant on Canadian-funded initiatives in Africa and Asia starting in the early 1990s, Anne perfected the use of results-based management (RBM) frameworks. During the 1990s and early 2000s, while these frameworks were being systematically introduced in Canada’s international work, she consulted with approximately 50 different government program offices and departments/agencies in both Canada and overseas to help them develop theory of change models, logic models, evaluation frameworks and indicators. These design processes included assessing indicator choice and quality, and helping clients identify techniques to conduct their own evaluations according to contractual agreements with funders. For example, in 2015, she was interim team leader with a large group of program stakeholders to design an elaborate evaluation for a major multi-country social development project involving data collection in Canada, East Africa and Central Asia. The framework/plan for this evaluation was noted at the time by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as one of the best it had reviewed.

Meg Barker, B.Sc., M.A.

Meg Barker is an independent professional with more than 25 years of experience in areas oriented to capacity-building, funding and evaluation of public science, technology and innovation organizations, programs, initiatives and networks. She has published in peer-reviewed literature and prepared a range of consultant reports for Canadian and foreign clients. Starting out as a scientific researcher, Meg moved into research administration and later trained in economics, public policy and international affairs. She has worked for several science-based federal departments and agencies, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation where she served as Director of Planning and Outcome Measurement, devising a three-pronged approach to evaluation and performance measurement. For projects in the developing world, Meg counts among her clients CIDA, IDRC, GAC, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences and Universities Canada. She has field experience in Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, India and Thailand. Meg is an information and communication technology (ICT) enthusiast, noted for launching national and international Communities of Practice. She is currently operating a virtual company that serves as a platform and meeting place for individual professionals, sources experts and assists with proposal-writing. The company, OLI-works, also produces on-line, interactive (OLI) workshops suitable for briefings and last-minute training to centralized or distributed parties. Details: www.oli-works.com

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