What is the content of DPMI?
Module #1: Managing Development Projects - Participants learn about the project cycle and how to analyze project opportunities. They become proficient in using the Results Framework, related tools and advanced software to guide project design and monitoring. They also learn how to use indicators to assess project performance. During the module, students use country data to create a project and accompanying monitoring plan that is consistent with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). View 15-minute video on pedagogy for this module.
Module #2: Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnering - Participants, working within a context of social entrepreneurship, become proficient in the use of tools and techniques to conduct an analysis of vision and mission; identify core competencies; and forge strategic partnerships to enhance organizational effectiveness. Innovative software applications are introduced to support a simulation.
Module #3: Facilitating Participatory Development - Participants master tools and skills needed to effectively assume the roles of facilitator, trainer, and change agent. Local human resource development is an important component in every development project. The module focuses on transferring skills to participants so they can conduct their own training programs.Topics covered include participatory development methods, techniques of facilitating adult learning, needs assessments, adult learning practices, community mobilization, stakeholder negotiation, conflict mediation, and the training of trainers. This module will also touch on how issues of power present themselves in adult learning and development settings. You will acquire the skills and sensitive tenacity to create more inclusive, participatory learning environments.
DPMI Rwanda will focus primarily on Module 1 – “Designing and Managing Development Projects” with elements of Modules 2 & 3 interwoven in the curriculum. There will be six days of intensive classroom instruction followed by 2-3 days devoted to a “real-life” client project with a Rwanda-based organization, Partners in Health.
Participants will learn, through tool mastery, how to design and assess projects that foster sustainable development. Simulations and case study exercises will help participants become familiar with the approach to project development that is widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations.