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APMAS Newsletter APMAS Activities Jan-Apr 2011

APMAS Starts Off 2011 with Annual Work Planning

Highlights APMAS Work Planning for 2011 What APMAS has done in 2010 Recent and Upcoming Activities Useful references and best practices

Participants of 1st Annual ASG Meeting in Bangkok (left to right): front row, Ms. Jagriti Shankar (APMAS), Ms. Chase Palmeri (ASG Representative IFAD), Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe (AIT), second row, Mr. Ouk Vuthirith (ASG Representative Mekong), Dr. Sundar Venkatesh (AIT), Mr. Mark Wilson (Chair ASG), Prof. Sudip K. Rakshit (ASG Representative AIT), and Mr. Agus Nugroho (APMAS)

Inside this issue Summary of APMAS Activities in 2010


APMAS Training on Gender Awareness in Lao PDR


References, Best Practice and Lessons Learnt from Cambodia


APMAS Focus in 2011


Gender Sensitive Value Chain Action Plans for Vietnamese Projects





elcoming the New Year 2011 with a spirit of improving capacity building approach in APMAS client projects, APMAS starts off with planning activity in the first month of the year. These planning efforts have taken into considerations, Professional Development Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted in July 2010, continuous inputs from the project, Country Portfolio Managers

and APMAS Focal Points in Cambodia, India, Laos and Vietnam during 2010. By utilizing a demand-driven approach, hopefully APMAS will be able to address capacity building needs for the projects in improving their pro-poor, gender sensitive, rural development project management performance. APMAS Planning Workshop was held on 25 January 2011 and resulting a proposed work plan to be discussed further in an APMAS Steering Group

Meeting. APMAS Steering Group (ASG), has a crucial role in deciding the overall direction and operational approach of the programme, monitoring implementation and approving the AWPB. APMAS Programme Management and IFAD have jointly identified members of the ASG, Mr. Mark Wilson (World Bank Retiree), Ms. Chase Palmeri (IFAD), Prof. Sudip K. Rakshit (Vice President AIT), Mr. Ouk Vuthirith (representing Mekong projects) and Mr. Lamkhosei Baite, IFS (representing Indian projects). Through an Annual ASG Meeting in Bangkok, 1 February 2011, this proposed Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB) 2011 was discussed among members of the ASG. The AWPB 2011 was further enriched with the inputs and suggested capacity building approaches from ASG members, In the new AWPB, APMAS will broaden its focus to also address capacity building needs for local and sub-regional service providers, which will in-turn be the resources for the projects in the long run. APMAS will also optimize its effort to share knowledge/experience and ensure availability of documents/materials related to propoor, gender-mainstreamed project management. Full story is available at http://

Summary of APMAS Activities in 2010


PMAS started year 2010 by conducting Professional Development Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Start Up Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, 5-9 July 2010, attended by 39 project managers representing 21 projects from 4 countries (Cambodia, 4 projects; India, 8 projects; Laos, 4 projects; Vietnam, 5 Projects). The PDNA was designed to capture the capacity building needs in three areas: project management, community-driven development and gender mainstreaming, through CV analysis, e-survey and further clarified

during face-to-face group discussions in the workshop. PDNA confirms several foci of capacity building needs in three areas as mentioned. In summary, for project management, most immediate needs are time management skills and skill in utilizing project management tools such as project planning and scheduling software. In the area of Communitydriven Development (CDD), PDNA pointed out that there is an immediate need for knowledge and skill in utilization of proper PRA tools and its pitfalls. Gender Mainstreaming area high-

Project Managers from Vietnam discuss capacity building needs for their PMUs during PDNA Workshop (July 2010)

lights the need for Gender Basic trainings in Laos and Vietnam, and Continues...

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Summary of APMAS Activities in 2010 (continued) more applied trainings in all four countries, specifically in Gender Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation. It was also pointed out that there are demands in capacity development of managers in value chain management and market orientation, since most of the projects deal with these issues. Based on these findings, APMAS implemented several activities to address immediate needs

jects); and Vietnam, 5 projects (out of

the projects and other stakeholders in sharing and networking. The implementation of APMAS capacity building activities during 2010 faced several shortcomings and issues, among

Gender Composition of APMAS Capacity Building Participants (April - December 2010)

Project Management Using MS-Project (Bangkok, 20-22 Oct 2010) Number of Participating Projects in APMAS Capacity Building Activities (April - December 2010)

“The gender composition of participants in APMAS activities by end of 2010 is unbalanced with 86% male participants compared to only 14% female participants”

PDNA Workshop (Bangkok, 6-9 July 2010)

of project managers. Total number of project managers and staff trained during the period of this progress report is 36 PMU members from 15 projects with the following composition: Cambodia, 2 projects (out of 3 ongoing projects); India, 7 projects (out of 8 ongoing projects); Laos, 1 project (out of 3 ongoing pro-

8 ongoing projects). The gender composition of participants participated in APMAS by end of 2010 is still unbalanced with 86% male participants compared to only 14% female participants. On the functional aspects of the participating PMU managers and staff, most participants have managerial function (67%), followed by technical function (14%), Finance, M&E, Procurement/Admin, and External Relations functions within the project. To achieve the improved availability and sharing of pro-poor specific project management and implementation information, APMAS has been developing APMAS website, “APMAS Knowledge Network”, at, which is now ready as a platform for

APMAS tried to utilize participatory delivery methods in its capacity building activities

others, selection of in-country service providers, service delivery mechanism among SPs and projects, time availability of project staff for APMAS activities, language barriers, and gender balance in participation. IFAD and AIT will continuously work together to address and resolve these issues with the support of the projects in future activities. Full story can be found at http://

APMAS Training on Gender Awareness in Lao PDR


he training on ‘Gender Equita-

ble Development Projects’ was carried out in Vientiane, Lao PDR during 24-26 January, 2011. The training was first of APMAS’s capacity building activities for Lao PDR. The need of gender training was identified during the PDNA workshop last year. During PDNA, IFAD project managers and country program manager had expressed that projects need basic gender training which will make projects staff aware of importance of gender mainstreaming in projects. Many reports and studies have shown that most of the development projects staff are unaware of the necessity to mainstream gender into project activities. The main purpose of the training was to make participants aware of Gender issues related to rural and agricultural projects. The training was conducted in a participatory manner. The training also focused on experience sharing among participants. The experience sharing sessions were quite successful as participants were quite eager to share the challenges they faced during gender mainstreaming activities in their projects. Some participants also

PDR and work towards gender equality and advancement of women with an aim to improve the living standard of all Lao people.

Participants involved in gender mainstreaming brainstorming

shared Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan of their projects. Thirty participants attended the training, including 24 female and 6 male participants. Participant were from IFAD projects and line ministries. Three participants from Ministry of Planning and Investment, 2 from Oudomxay Province, 1 from Champasak Province, 1 from Sekong Province, 1 from Saravan Province, 1 from Savannakhet Province, 3 from Attapue Province, 2 from Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, 4 from Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Project (SNRMPEP) Project in Vientiane. The training was conducted by Lao Women’s Union which is a mass organization in Lao

During the evaluation session, participants voiced that such basic gender training was a good experience for them, but some participants suggested that the duration of the training should have been more, so they could get more time on discussions and experience sharing. Participants also suggested that APMAS should conduct more trainings, some particular trainings suggestions from participants were: Gender mainstreaming in project planning and management, Gender mainstreaming in different sectors, gender equality in rural areas, gender mainstreaming in management and leadership etc.

Participants posing for a group picture

Best Practice

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Certificate for Best Gender Performing Household the community development related activities 6– Encourage school attendance and achievement of the children with equal attendtion given to daughters and sons 7– Both spouses are engaged in close consultation for decision making 8– Active in the group activities implementation


uring a public ceremony the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (PDoWA) award the title of Model Farmer of the household of the village that best shares the roles and responsibilities between the man and woman in family and community life and that also best adapts the agricultural techniques to increase their productivity and improve their livelihood.

The identification of the Model Farmer is based on the following eight criteria: 1- No cases of domestic violence 2- Men are involved in the daily domestic tasks 3- Good morale and relations with the neighbors 4- General health status of the family is good 5- Encourage women participation in

This story is taken from the publication ‘Reaching Poor Rural Women: Gender Mainstreaming in Agriculture’, ‘IFAD Cambodia Country Program: Lessons learned and emerging best practices Year 2010’. The publication also contains best practices related to ‘Gender mainstreaming in Agriculture projects’ and ‘Monitoring and Evaluation for Gender Mainstreaming’. The publication is Available online at: (http://

Credit: Mr. Ouk Vuthirith Deputy National Project Director, RULIP, Cambodia

APMAS Focus in 2011


APMAS Knowledge Network, a web-based sharing and networking platform in AP-

uring the previous year, This year, there will be emphasis to tation of capacity building programme APMAS focused on basic explore and engage with potential for service providers. capacity building needs service providers (local/sub-regional). There will be also focus to engage with fulfillment which was identi- During this period, there will be selecrelevant national agencies and NGOs fied during PDNA, namely: Utilizing tion process for service providers, which concern with pro-poor, gender Project ManI. Workshops, mainstreamed IV. Programme Seminars agem en t Management & rural development 5% Admin Costs T o o l s efforts. By involv30% (Project Component 3 ing them and Management 34% develop awareComponent 1 Area), CDD ness on tools, case 60% and participastudies and aptory tools III. Service proaches introContracts (Community3% duced w it h i n II. Training Component 2 driven DevelMentoring and 6% ProOther Cap Build A P M A S opment Area) Activities gramme, hopefully 62% and Basic will contribute to G e n d e r Budget Allocation by Expense Category in 2011 Budget Allocation by Component in 2011 stronger policy Awareness development in (Gender Mainrural development area. streaming Area). Summary of Main Achievements to Date With regards to the These intervendemand-based approach tions were tarof APMAS, hopefully with % of achievement Focus for new Components geted directly to more interactions with to date (estimation) AWP&B period? project managers APMAS focal points and and other memthe projects itself, will bers of project Component 1, Project 15% Yes open up more channels to management unit. Management Cap capture demands. Among Capacity building Building of these channels is online 2, Aware10% Yes of l o c a l / s u b - Component ness Raising for Govt forum and mailing list regional service and NGO which will be established providers was not Component 3, Pro50% No and activated during this gramme Management a main priority period. APMAS will also during previous establish a system to document and reporting period, interaction were engagement, delivery of services, rating publish the ongoing demands and conlimited only on engagement for ser- by the project users, identification of tinuous capturing of new demands and vices, such as done with ITSS and MDF capacity building needs and implemeninputs from projects. Indochina.

“This year, there will be emphasis to explore and engage with potential local and sub-regional service providers”

Supporting Community-Driven Development Process (New Delhi, 7-10 December

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Gender Sensitive Value Chain Action Plans for Vietnam Projects

V “Participants discussing techniques to engender value chain”

“Women’s noneconomic activities directly impact the productivity of businesses, but while analyzing value chain, women are often invisible”

ietnamese projects are onset to implement action plans to upgrade their value chains with support from APMAS. The action plans are set of activities project will carry out during this year and which aims to benefit projects’ stakeholders with up gradation of value chains. Projects prepared these action plans with help from value chain experts from the region during a training held in Hanoi from 14 - 17 March. The training course was a joint collaboration of APMAS and ILO, Bangkok. The training course was specifically designed for Vietnamese market contexts. The course aimed at providing technical knowledge and techniques to value chain experts and PMU members. In the four days training course participants learned to: a) draw value chain cycle and participatory processes, b) mapping techniques for value chain analysis, c) upgrade value chain to gender equitable value chain. Apart from these participants also learned to develop indicators for implementing and monitoring gender sensitive value chain. The course had two focuses. The first focus was on providing knowledge about gender concepts, which is considered a necessary first step before learning specialized concepts of Value Chain, M&E, KM etc. The second focus was on helping projects with develop-

ing gender sensitive value chains. Participants appreciated the opportunity to learn about gender mainstreaming and gender analysis, which they can apply in many areas of their projects implementation. According to participants they were most benefitted by the experience sharing with other projects. The training course was attended by projects in Ha Tinh, Tra Vinh, Cao Bang and Ha Giang provinces of Vietnam. Participants were also there from ILO Vietnam, UN Women Vietnam and Paz Y Desarrollo. Selected service providers and project managers from Cambodia and Laos also joined the training for learning new techniques and for experience sharing with their Vietnamese counterparts. These pro-

3.9 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 Achievement Effectiveness of Applicability to of Training Course My Work Objective Delivery

Participants involved in value chain mapping

Participants developed action plans to upgrade value chain

ject managers also developed project plans for value chain upgradation. The evaluation of the training was positive with overall outcome of 3.57/4.0. During the feedback session, participants responded that training was useful for them to learn value chain concepts but some projects need more support with follow up activities. The main trainers of the course were Ms. Annemarie Reerink (value chain) from ILO and Ms. Le Thi Mong Phuong (gender Consultant) with co-trainers Ms. Phùng Thị Vân Anh (CECEM) and Ms. Lê Thi Thanh Huyên.(gender consultant). Training details are available on APMAS website at: http:// . Website users can access training materials after logging in.

Overall Outcome

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APMAS Activities Jan-Apr 2011 APMAS Training Course on Gender Equitable Development Projects” (Vientiane, 24—26 January 2011) APMAS Steering Group Meeting (Bangkok, 1 February 2011) APMAS Training Course on “Gender Sensitive Value Chain” (Hanoi, 14-17 March 2011) IFAD Workshop on “Monitoring and Evaluation RIMS and Knowledge Management” (Bangkok, 16-20 April 2011) APMAS-IFAD Vietnam Office Training on “Annual Impact Survey”(Bac Kan, 5-19 April 2011)

Upcoming Activities APMAS Training Course on “Project Management using MS-Project (Basic)” (Ranchi, 2-6 May 2011)

People APMAS Project Investigators and Staff


eople column is dedicated to share profiles of people along with their role and experience in IFAD-supported projects and most importantly their achievements. APMAS is hopeful by sharing people’s profile, their role, work and achievement, will encourage more personal networking and sharing among APMAS Stakeholders. The current edition introduces APMAS Project Investigators (PI) and staffs who have role in providing technical and managerial guidance in the overall implementation of APMAS.

Dr. Sundar Venkatesh Dr. Venkatesh holds a PhD in Management with specialization in Accounting and Control. He is currently a tenured adjunctfaculty at the School of Management, Asian Institute of Technology and Advisor to Director of AIT Extension. His recent positions include Associate Professor, School of Management (SOM), AIT, and Course Director for Ansell Leadership D ev e lop m en t Progr am m e. Dr. Venkatesh has been consistently rated as an "exciting and innovative" teacher and has won best teacher for the five years in a row at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He can be contacted at

Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad Dr. Morshed is an Associate Professor in Regional and Rural Development Planning, School of Environment, Resources and

development, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. His main research areas include economic geography, regional and rural development, NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs)/ civil society, and disaster management. He holds a PhD in development geography from Durham University (UK). His MSc is in geography and environm e n t f r om D h a k a U n i v e r s i ty (Bangladesh) and an Msc in Regional and Rural Development Planning from AIT. He started his career in the Bangladesh civil service and worked in the ministries of Establishment and Commerce. He can be reached at

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe Dr. Kyoko is an associate professor of Gender and Development Studies at School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT. Her specialization is on gender issues in the informal economy, focusing on women’s work and livelihoods in relation to cross-border mobility, migration and trade. It has been more than a decade since she started to work on gender mainstreaming with IFAD. She has worked on gender mainstreaming in various sectors including fisheries/ aquaculture, transportation development, integrated rural development, development of indigenous communities, land management and national and local planning. She speaks Thai and has working knowledge on Khmer and Lao. She can be contacted at

Dr. Philippe Doneys

Mr. Agus Nugroho

Dr. Philippe is an assistant professor in the Gender and Development Studies program at the Asian Institute of Technology. He received his B.A in Development Studies from the University of Toronto, M.A in Southeast Asian Political Economy from University of London, England and Ph.D. in International Relations from the SciencesPo, Paris, France. His interest in capacity building in the context of development projects include how gender is integrated in design, implementation and monitoring, how gender empowerment is used by development practitioners, and how civil society organizations influence or shape development policies, programs and planning. He can be contacted through his email at

Mr. Nugroho is APMAS Project Coordinator. He holds dual degree masters in the field of Business Adm inistration with specialization in Management of Technology (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) and Project Management (SKEMA Business School, France). Along with this significant formal background in management, he has over 9 years of experience in managing projects. Out of which, over 6 years spent in development projects for international organizations such as ASEAN, GIZ and UN in the field of environmental management, capacity & institutional building, and knowledge sharing/networking for development. He can be contacted at

Prof. Sudip Kumar Rakshit Professor Rakshit is Vice President Research, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok Thailand and a Professor in Food Engineering and Bio Process Technology at the Asian Institute of Technology. He received his BTech in Food Technology and Biochemical Engineering, Masters and PhD, Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi India. He has extensive experience in cooperating with governmental and international research institution and development organization such IDRC, Rockefeller

Ms. Jagriti Shankar Ms. Jagriti is Gender and Knowledge Management officer. She holds masters degree in Gender and Development Studies from Asian Institute of Technology. She also holds Professional diploma in IT applications from NIIT, Delhi, India. She has over 7 years of work experience in India and Thailand. She has worked in private sector as well as development organizations. She has been involved with development projects related to MDGs, Gender, Environment and ICT for Development. She has expertise in Gender mainstreaming in projects, Knowledge Management strategies of projects, KM tools, developing training materials and conducting trainings. She can be contacted at

Asian Project Management Support Programme (APMAS) Asian Project Management Programme (APMAS) is a 3-year regional programme aiming at improving the development effectiveness and efficiency of pro-poor rural development programmes in the Asia and the Pacific region. Initially, APMAS supports the development of national project management capacities in Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam (grouped as Mekong sub-region) and India. Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), a regional institution specializing in management education has been entrusted with the implementation of APMAS. This Newsletter serves as a media for updating APMAS stakeholders on the recent, ongoing and future activities within APMAS, and also connecting these stakeholders in various issues within pro-poor, gender sensitive, rural development project management area .

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APMAS Newsletter Issue 1  

APMAS Newsletter Issue 1 from January - April 2011 will update you about APMAS capacity building activities in the target countries.

APMAS Newsletter Issue 1  

APMAS Newsletter Issue 1 from January - April 2011 will update you about APMAS capacity building activities in the target countries.