The AAP’s Professional Development Programme (PDP) helped national AAP project managers and coordinators, their counterparts in government implementing agencies, as well as government and UNDP focal points, develop knowledge and professional skills that strengthened their capacity to implement the national projects effectively.
The core themes of the PDP were:
Optimising the effectiveness of project implementation
Leadership of the climate change agenda
Development of technical knowledge and skills
Personal effectiveness and growth.
Through two intensive learning modules offered through 2011 and 2012, participants designed and followed their own personal growth and development plan tailored to their circumstances and needs. For example, some participants relatively new to climate change chose to focus on gaining a greater understanding of the technical aspects of the field, while some more experienced practitioners chose to develop their people skills or capacity to manage stakeholder expectations.
Participants put their personal plan into action back at their workplaces, with ongoing support and coaching provided by the Regional Office.
Article on the first PDP module from the first edition of The Baobab Coalition Journal (pdf, p.3).
Article on the second PDP module from the second edition of The Baobab Coalition Journal (pdf, p.1).