Better Planning, Better Projects: Regional Workshop on Project Design Takes Place in Jamaica

Workshop participants during a visit to a partner institution. (Photo: G. Dimitrova/IAEA)

A regional workshop on project design using the Logical Framework Approach has been held in Kingston, Jamaica, from 5 to 9 December 2016. The workshop supported the design of projects intended for proposal as part of the IAEA’s 2018-2019 technical cooperation (TC) programme cycle, and specifically aimed to help Caribbean countries, including new Member States that face common challenges such as Small Island Development States (SIDS), to develop high-quality and results-oriented technical cooperation projects.

The project design workshop was organized in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica. Six participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago attended the workshop, together with Jamaican counterparts and the IAEA team. The workshop combined both practical and theoretical training sessions. The concept of the Logical Framework Approach (LFA), used in TC project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, was introduced. Participants were coached in how to apply the approach in designing their new projects by Ms Galya Dimitrova, TC Training Officer, Mr Saul Perez, Section Head of TC Latin America and the Caribbean Region, and Ms Scarlett Ihlau, Programme Management Officer for the attending Member States.

Participants from newer IAEA Member States gained a valuable insight into the way Jamaica, an IAEA Member State since 1965, is developing its national TC projects for the upcoming 2018-2019 TC cycle. They also had an opportunity to visit the Jamaican counterpart institutions that are involved in the design of the new projects, which focus on human health, food and agriculture, water and the environment, as well as on safety and security.

The workshop was attended by high-level representatives from Jamaican stakeholder institutions, including Professor Minerva Thame, representing the Medical Science Faculty of the University of the West Indies, Dr Dutris Borne, Regional Technical Director from the South East Regional Health Authority, and  Mr Stephen Wedderburn, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.