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Institutional capacity building

Since 1965, IIRR has been helping development organizations work more effectively As part of this effort, the Institute has held 42 management courses and provided technical assistance to organizations in 52 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

In partnership with national rural reconstruction movements and IIRR course alumni associations, leadership training courses arc conducted regularly in Bangladesh India and Nepal for managers of development organizations.

To promote the systematic generation and acquisition of knowledge on organization and management aspects of development organizations, the Institute established the Institutional Capacity Building Program Division (ICB) in 1994.

ICB's goal is to enhance the managerial and institutional capacity of NGOs and other development organizations committed to helping the rural poor.

ICB's focus

Organizational development

- Strategic planning, human resource development, leadership enhancement and management information systems.

Program development and management

- Planning. implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development program

Financial resource management

- Fund sourcing, fund management and financial system development

NGO studies and policy development

- Studies issues confronting development organizations and finds policy options to address them.

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

World Center/Asia: Y.C. James Yen center,Silang.cavite4118.philippines.Tel.63-046-414 2417up to 19

Fax 63-046- 4 14 2420 - Email

Africa: P.O. Box 66873, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel.254-2-442610,446 522. Fax254-2448 148.Email

Latin America: a: Pasaje Muirriagui Donoso 4 45 1 y Av. America, Apartado Postal 1 7 -08- 8494, Quito, Ecuador

Tel/Fax 593-2-443763 ~ E mail daniel @ .

Manila: Room 38, Elena Apts., 512 R. Salas St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines - Tel. 63-2-525 1284, 524 1585 . Fax 63-2522 2494 . Cable IIRRINC MANILA

New York: 475 Riverside Drive Room 1035, New York, NY 10115, USA . Tel.1 -212-870 2992 . Fax 1 -212-870 2981

- Telex 238573 RRNYUR ~ Cable MEMINTCOM - Email

Problems faced

- Lack of clear and coherent vision

- Inability to practice espoused philosophy

- Inadequate management system and structure Inability to plan, monitor and evaluate programs

- Unreliable funding source

- Inadequate financial management system

- Unsustainability Lack of replicability narrow impact Lack of networking and collaboration


The following activities arc planned in Asia, Africa and Latin America:

Technical assistance

ICB will continue to help diagnose organizations and develop and install appropriate management systems, structures and procedures

Human resource development

ICB will conduct workshops. conferences and seminars for boards of trustees chief executives and staff of development organizations on key issues confronting development organizations.


ICB and the IIRR Training Division. will develop and conduct training courses and provide follow-up to training activities.


ICB will continue to research and develop strategies for the scaling up and replication of successful projects. in partnership with NGOs. academic and research institutions. government and donor agencies, the media and corporations.


ICB will continue to collect and disseminate information of value to development managers.

Institutional linkages

ICB will continue to support and promote collaboration and partnership among NGOs. academic and research institutions. government and donor agencies, the media and corporations. lIRR Training capabilities

IlRR's more than 35 years of experience in conducting field research and training in rural development make it an ideal organizer and venue for training courses. The Institute specializes in short-term (up to one month) training courses for development professionals, both at its headquarters in the Philippines and around the world. Since 1965, IIRR has conducted more than 30() courses with over 6500 participants from 1780 organizations from more than 80 countries.

Regular international courses

The Institute's expanding range of international courses covers many aspects of rural development Courses at IIRR's international headquarters in the Philippines range from two to four weeks in length. Several courses are offered in collaboration with other organizations. New courses arc constantly being added in response to the rapidly changing needs in the developing world.

Courses combine interactive presentations, discussions, hand-on exercises and visits to field sites. Participants learn from one another, sharing their experiences and working in small groups to solve specific problems. Many courses feature action planning, where participants formulate plans to put into practice when they return home.

Regional and national courses

The Institute works closely with partner organizations in various countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, offering short-tern, training in these countries.

These courses draw on local specialists as facilitators in order to ensure that the topics relate directly to local needs. Many facilitators are former participants in IIRR's international courses. Active development professionals themselves, these alumni bring a wide array of skills and experiences to the courses. IIRR also assists associations of alumni to organize national and regional training on problems relevant to their own areas.

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

World Center/Asia: Y.C. James Yen Center, Silang, Cavite 4118, Philippines ~ Tel. 63-46-414 2417 Fax 63-46-414 2420 ~ Email

Africa: P. O. Box 66873, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya ~ Tel 254-2-442 610, 446 522 ~ Fax 254-2448 148 Email,

Latin America: Pasaje Muirriagui Donoso 4451 y Av. America Apartado Postal 17-Oo-A494, Quito


Tel./Fax 593-2-443 763 - Email

Manila: Room 38,Elena Apts, 512 R. Salas St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines - Tel.63-2-525 1284, 524


Fax 63-2-522 2494 - Cable IlRRINC MANlLA

New York: 475 Reverside Drive, Room 1035, New York, NY 10115, USA . Tel.1-212-870 2992. Fax 1-


870 2981 Telex 238573 RRNYUR . Cable MEMINTCOM . Email

International courses

- Aquaculture

- Community managed health

- Farmer-led extension

- Gender and development

- Home gardening Integrated conservation and development

- Program managers course on rural development management

- Training of trainers in sustainable agriculture

- Training of trainors

- Watershed management

Recent regional courses

Examples of regional and national courses include:

- Training of trainers in participatory facilitation and presentation in Nepal

- National leadership training in development management Nepal and Bangladesh

- Training on gender and audit in Ethiopia

- Regional managers' course in Kenya

- Training on participatory rural appraisal in Ecuador

- Planning of training programs with logical framework in Ecuador

- Course on food security in Ecuador

Customized courses and study tours

On request, the Institute organizes custom-designed courses for other development organizations. These can include training modules facilitated by IIRR staff, sessions given by specialists from other organizations, visits to IIRR field sites and other locations in the Philippines and overseas. The Institute offers a complete training package, ranging from curriculum design and participant selection to ticketing, transport and recreation activities.

Training staff

The Institute has an experienced professional staff drawn from a dozen countries. Course facilitators include both IIRR's own staff and highly qualified specialists from development organizations, universities and other organizations.

IIRR is one of the few development training organizations that has its own field action research program. IlRR's training facilitators arc closely involved in this research where they develop and test new approaches to development in partnership with other people. This ensures that IlRR's training is closely grounded in actual field experiences.


Most international courses arc based at IlRR's headquarters: a 50-hectare wooded conservation area in Silang, an hour's drive south of Manila. The fully equipped training facilities include participants' hostels, training rooms, audio-visual and desktop publishing equipment. It also has a learning resource center with several videos and publications of special interest. A range of participants accommodation is available, including single-and double-occupancy rooms. The institute cafeteria offers both Filipino and international cuisine. Campus recreation facilities open to training participants include swimming (in the institute's a 15-meter pool), basketball, volleyball and table tennis. A 1.5-km walking and joggong trail winds through the campus conservation area.

IIRR training facilities are also available for use by other organizations at competitive rates. Aside from providing training facilities, board and lodging, the Institute can also make available vehicles and telecommunications and organize field trips and leisure activities.

Training activities

Of the 58 training activities undertaken by the Institute in 1996, in the regions, 22 were held in Asia, 13 were held in Africa, 7 in Latin America and 16 in the headquarters. We had an aggregate of 989 participants, 757 male and 232 female. These courses were conducted in 10 countries. There were X international training; courses, 8 regional training courses, 17 customized courses, 6 study tours, 2 kit production workshops, 12 local training courses.

Customized courses Organizations that have taken advantage of IIRR's customized training and study tours include:

- Bread for the World

- CARE International



- Cornell University German AgroAction


- Outreach International

- Save the Children Fund (USA and Japan)

-State Educatio Commission United Nation's Children's Fund World Vision International

IIRR staff specialties

- Community organizing

- Community health

- Development communication

- Development management

- Environment and natural resources management

- Evaluation and process documentation

- Integrated rural development

- Occupational an environmental health

- Rural enterprise

- Sustainable agriculture

- Training of trainers