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Dedicated to inform February 2017 newsletter Peshawar, the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Dedicated to inform

February 2017

newsletter

Dedicated to inform February 2017 newsletter Peshawar, the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar, the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CDLD Project Launches Newsletter

The Human Dynamics supported Community-led Local

to

access

nearby

Development project in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of

villages,

and

was

Pakistan has launched a monthly newsletter. The newsletter

washed away in

is called ‘The Voice of Malakand’ and it will document the

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diverse range of actions and intiatives which the project

2010.

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floods

is supporting. The CDLD project operates on the basis of

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transparency, participation, empowerment, responsiveness

perilous and unsafe,

and accountability - providing citizens of this underdeveloped

causing

many

fatal

region with the opportunity to identify their own priorities and

accidents. Under

local problems; to work in partnership with local governments

the

the

principles

and other supportive institutions.

of the CDLD, the

Dedicated to inform February 2017 newsletter Peshawar, the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

villagers of Salool and

representatives

of

the project, planned

Dedicated to inform February 2017 newsletter Peshawar, the capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The Voice of Malakand magazine

and elected to build a suspension bridge which can be used by light transport vehicles. It will take around six months to complete. In rural Chakesar, a historic town where the armies of Alexander the Great once marched through, the project has also facilitated the construction of a dedicated maternity unit. The lack of

a maternity unity for such a densely populated town, had previously led to patients being compelled to travel great

Planned Suspension Bridge in Upper Dir

distances to Swat and Peshawar - often at great financial cost.

Recently, these actions have included the construction of a bridge in Upper Dir. The previous bridge, a vital piece of much needed infrastructure used by the local people of Salool

The new dedicated maternity unit will serve around 50-60 new patients a day and is also operated by a female doctor

and healthcare workers, whilst also having the facility to treat emergency cases.

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Interview Drazenka Fakles Project Management Support Services, Vienna Before working here what was the most interesting

Interview

Interview Drazenka Fakles Project Management Support Services, Vienna Before working here what was the most interesting

Drazenka Fakles

Project Management Support Services, Vienna

Before working here what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

Before joining Human Dynamics I worked

in quite a number of companies and had

various positions such as office manager,

translator/project manager, business assistant, marketing coordinator, and head of a project implementation unit. I would say that working for the Croatian Accreditation Agency in Zagreb somehow left the greatest impact on me prior to joining Human Dynamics in Vienna. I was a representative for Croatia, attending semi-annual meetings all over Europe for 4 years. It was quite a challenging and interesting job. I actively participated in making decisions, voted on a number of directives and regulations and exchanged experiences with other accreditation companies. I am a communicative and open-minded person, so it was a pleasure to participate in such important issues and to be in an international environment.

How long have you worked at Human Dynamics and what attracted you to working for the company?

I joined Human Dynamics in summer 2014. I was working in project implementation in Zagreb, Croatia so I knew all the procedures and rules. I liked what I was doing and wanted to continue my career in the same core business. Since I have spent the majority of my career working in an international environment, joining Human Dynamics, the market leader in project implementation was a logical path and at the same time quite a big challenge. I am so thrilled I got an opportunity to work here and collaborate with colleagues, sharing knowledge and experiences.

What is your favourite memory of working at Human Dynamics?

My favourite memories are all related to christmas retreats. That time of year

has always been the most magical for me, and it is so nice that company policy allows a few days dedicated to team development. I think that it’s very important to meet people in person and exchange experiences, since it

definitely improves cooperation and

brings mutual understanding among employees. Besides that, a favourite

part

of

my

work

is

preparing

and

sending invoices to clients. I cannot explain why, but these tasks give me the satisfaction of contributing to successful implementation.

What do you do on the weekends?

My weekends have always been reserved for my family and friends. Now that my family joined me in Vienna and we’re all together, we really enjoy it very much. Vienna is a marvellous city - and provides a variety of options for all kinds of interests and activities. Both of my daughters and me like rollerblading and skating, and therefore I spend most of my time on the Danube Island which is very close to our apartment. But now, when it is so cold I like to go ice skating with my friends. I also like walking or cycling along the Danube. If the weather conditions are really bad, I enjoy reading a good book and listening to music, which is the best way to relax.

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SECiM Project in Mongolia Making Significant Progress The SECiM TAT, with various stakeholders and representatives of

SECiM Project in Mongolia Making Significant Progress

The SECiM TAT, with various stakeholders and representatives of beneficiary institutions, and Project Director Rade Glomazic
The SECiM TAT, with various stakeholders and representatives of beneficiary institutions, and Project Director Rade Glomazic
SECiM Project in Mongolia Making Significant Progress The SECiM TAT, with various stakeholders and representatives of

In the summer of 2016, implementation work began on the Human Dynamics led “Support to Employment Policy for promoting job creation in Mongolia” (SECiM). The project aims

to assist the country in its efforts to establish a well-functioning labour market, capable of supporting a dynamic diversified

economy, while ensuring competitiveness and sustained economic and employment growth. The eventual goals are to support an employment policy framework for the most vulnerable in Mongolian society, improving the functioning of the labour market and enhancing quality employment - in addition to providing institutional support to the Ministry

of Labour and other related stakeholders. The project will

also target employment creation in specific value chains in

collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The beginning of the year saw the second steering committee meeting for SECIM, and was aimed at providing information

on the implementation progress of the first component of the

project to ”Support to Employment Policy for promoting job creation”; and on the second, which aims at “Piloting quality private sector work in selected livestock and vegetable value

chains”. The meeting was held in the UN house, in the capital

Ulaanbaatar, where the project office of SECiM is located.

In the second PSC meeting, representatives from the Delegation of European Union, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, the Ministry of education, Culture, Science and Sports

and other state institutions were all in attendance. During the second meeting, an annual work plan for components 1 and 2,

implementation study on the “Impact Assessment of National Employment Policy and Regulation in Selected Non-mining Sectors”, as well as information on implementation of the decisions of previous meetings were all presented. Project Director Mr. Rade Glomazic emphasised that the project will contribute to inclusive and sustainable development in Mongolia through promotion of inclusive employment, by enabling the private sector to generate jobs in areas where Mongolia has potential, and by strengthening the conditions of sustainable value chain creation.

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Seventh Steering Committee Meeting for CES-MED Agadir, Morocco The Human Dynamics led "Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean

Seventh Steering Committee Meeting for CES-MED

Seventh Steering Committee Meeting for CES-MED Agadir, Morocco The Human Dynamics led "Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean
Agadir, Morocco
Agadir, Morocco

The Human Dynamics led "Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities" (CES MED) project held its seventh Steering Committee Meeting between 21—22 February in Agadir, Morocco. The meeting brought together the

National Focal Points of the eight affiliated countries

(Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine), representatives of the European Commission and other project stakeholders, in order to present and discuss the latest achievements, the proposed work plan for the next six months, and the sustainability of the activities delivered under the project.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Salah El Malouki, mayor of Agadir, Ms. Maya Aherdan - Department Director for Observation, Cooperation and Communication at the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MoEMWE). Mr. Maxime La Tella, representing the Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Morocco, addressed the participants and expressed his satisfaction with the results of the project

A study tour of the city of Agadir, with a visit to its urban development project sites and a meeting with the mayor and the municipal team was also organized on 22 February

2017. In Morocco, the project completed the first phase

of trainings and programming with the municipalities of Agadir, Oujda and Benslimane. The HD-led CES- MED project was launched in 2013 under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), which supports the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in coordination with the Covenant of Mayors initiative.

Seventh Steering Committee Meeting for CES-MED Agadir, Morocco The Human Dynamics led "Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean
CES-MED Study Tour
CES-MED Study Tour

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Sustainable Development Project in Turkmenistan Concludes Ashgabat, Turkmenistan The Human Dynamics led sustainable development project in

Sustainable Development Project in Turkmenistan Concludes

Sustainable Development Project in Turkmenistan Concludes Ashgabat, Turkmenistan The Human Dynamics led sustainable development project in
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The Human Dynamics led sustainable development project in Turkmenistan is concluding. The project was launched in 2013, and was conceived to support the rational use of natural resources in the energy and environment sectors. The consortium was engagaed to provide technical advice to assist in the management of energy resources to aid sustainable development in Turkmenistan, in line with the country’s long-term economic growth objectives.

Throughout the course of implementation, the project delivered 17 seminars, workshops and events, drafted a law on air protection which was enacted by the Government, drafted several decrees on waste management and improved Environmental Impact Assessment standards which are currently under consideration by the state committee. In addition, our technical assistance team conducted preliminary energy audits, research overviews and specific studies on a variety of issues. The project

also drafted a proposal for the tranformation of existing gas turbines to increase efficiency, and managed three working groups into this action and monitored the implementation of a pilot project.

As a result of the work of the project, stakeholders such as Turkmengaz will coordinate with the Ministry of Energy in the preperation of a national programme for the effcient use of energy – work which will be coordinated by the Ministry of Economy and Development. Overall, the project has made an overwhelmingly positive contribution to Turkmenistan’s ability to elaborate policies, strategies and plans which will address the real needs of the country as its economy continues to grow and develop. It has also laid the groundwork for projects which will be able to target the development of industry- and for the potential exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience with other Central Asian countries in the region.

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Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development The Human Dynamics led PSPPD project provided a number of

Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development

Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development The Human Dynamics led PSPPD project provided a number of
Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development The Human Dynamics led PSPPD project provided a number of

The Human Dynamics led PSPPD project provided a number of Low Value Grants (LVG) with the primary objective of building on and expanding the quantitative analysis skills of researchers in South Africa; enabling them to analyse data and write research papers. The objective of this grant is to encourage research using the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data Waves 1, 2 and 3, as well as the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS).

The Health Systems Trust (HST) used its grant to analyse the current trends in obesity in the adult population of South Africa, and contributes to a better understanding of socioeconomic and behavioral determinants. They found that overall there has been an increase in body mass index (BMI) for both men and women. However, these trends are not homogeneous across the population and are influenced not only by biological factors such as age and gender, but also by factors such as physical

exercise, smoking and socio-economic status. They found that people in rural areas are at higher risk of gaining weight than urban dwellers, and that the BMI of women is increasing more rapidly than men.

Stoyan Georgiev gave his perspective on the importance of the research: “In addition to suggesting ongoing surveillance and analysis of obesity trends, recommendations were made about the comprehensive implementation of multiple interventions if the 2020 objective of a 10% reduction in the number of people who are obese or overweight is to be reached. Given the extent and increasing severity of the epidemic, these interventions need to be extended to the majority of the population”. In addition, technical assistance will be delivered to specific sub-populations to target rural areas, including young women, people who have quit smoking, and people with central obesity.

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SHARE Education Programme - Bangladesh Annual Review & Planning Workshop ARPW 2017 of UNIQUE II project

SHARE Education Programme - Bangladesh

SHARE Education Programme - Bangladesh Annual Review & Planning Workshop ARPW 2017 of UNIQUE II project

Annual Review & Planning Workshop ARPW 2017 of UNIQUE II project under the SHARE Education Programme

The four-day Annual Review and Planning Workshop (APRW for 2017) for the UNIQUE II project, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) was held in Sreemongal, Molvibazar in Bangladesh. Dr. Ehsanur Rahman, executive director of DAM, inaugurated the event which saw the participation of 110 practitioners from the education sector, including representatives of the SHARE programme, six regions, 44 schools and members of partner organisations in Bangladesh. Six regional teams presented their progress and performed their best practices through role play. Our team of experts for Human Dynamics were presented at the event by Mr. Alam Chowdhury, team Leader and Mr. Mohammad Golam Nabi - Communications Expert.

by the European Union and implemented by Human Dynamics, the purpose of the programme is to enable an environment for decision makers and implementers to take new initiatives for the hardest to reach children in Bangladesh. The Programme website provides schools with an Education Management Information System (EMIS) developed with the assistance of the Bureau of Non- Formal Education (BNFE) under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME). The mapping tool shows all schools in Bangladesh delivering non-formal education under the project. In the library section – guidelines and training books are also available for download. Four technical assistance projects in the domain of non-formal education are funded under the programme: Aloghar,

SHARE

(Supporting

the

Hardest

to

Reach

through

SHIKHON-II, SUSTAIN and UNIQUE-II. The UNIQUE II

Basic

Education) is

one

of

the

largest

non-formal

project is funded by the European Union through the

primary

education

programs

in

Bangladesh.

Funded

SHARE Education Programme.

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MESA holds IGAD Regional Policy Meeting Attendees of the IGAD Policy Workshop The MESA project held

MESA holds IGAD Regional Policy Meeting

MESA holds IGAD Regional Policy Meeting Attendees of the IGAD Policy Workshop The MESA project held

Attendees of the IGAD Policy Workshop

The MESA project held a meeting on Earth Observation Policy for the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region. The region is a trade block which includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. Policy and decision makers from the various governmental bodies, environmental institutions and experts of the IGAD region and beyond were gathered at the Villa Portofino Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda between the 20 - 21 February. The meeting was convened to examine a draft Earth Observation Policy and assessment report for IGAD that arose from the lack of a harmonised and coherent policy framework for Earth Observation (EO) data in the region. The MESA project is active across the entire continent, and is focused on the use of EO data for Africa as a whole; while in the IGAD region the concentration is on products and services derived from the same in the three thematic areas namely; Land Degradation Assessment, Natural Habit Conservation and Forest Monitoring Services. Mr. John Ntaganda was the guest of honour and director of the Rwanda National Meteorological Agency and Permanent Representative to

WMO. In his opening remarks, he stated that, "As policy and decision makers, it is our responsibility to work in synergy through harmonized strategies, sound and informed decision making in order for our countries and ultimately our continent to achieve sustainable development."

During the official opening of the two day meeting, Dr.

Debalkew Behre, representative of the IGAD Secretariat said, “IGAD will continue to be at the forefront of bringing together

partners at the global, national, and local levels, from all actors – governments, NGOs, the private sector, civil society and community groups, and ordinary citizens – in collaborative

efforts towards sustainable development and environmental

improvement.” The African Union was represented in the meeting by Mr. Jolly Wasambo who emphasised the need for African decision and policy makers to work together in the spirit of Pan-Africanism, in order to achieve the common goal of the creation of safe environments and inclusive growth.

MESA holds IGAD Regional Policy Meeting Attendees of the IGAD Policy Workshop The MESA project held

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