Rhodé de Graaf

MDF Training & Consultancy

Ede, Netherlands

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sep
24

Writing Winning Proposals

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  24 September 2019 - 09:00 to 27 September 2019 - 05:00
  Yangon, Myanmar

Why this course 

You have a project idea which needs funding. You want to respond to a request for proposals or mobilise new resources for your organisation. You want to demonstrate your added value but are facing stiff competition. Learn to write a proposal that stands out. We believe that writing a convincing and attractive proposal is something we all can learn.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

Know how to match your proposal idea to funders needs.

Know how to bring needed logic and structure to your proposal.

Understand the proposal writing process and criteria that will be used to assess it.

Raise your confidence in simple but strong writing.

Have received feedback on your writing drafts.

Course agenda

Day 1:

Opening & introductions

Nine steps to proposal development

Know yourself & know your donor

PCM and project design

Day 2:

-  Donor terminology and process

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feb
26

Training and Facilitation Skills

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  26 February 2019 - 09:00 to 01 March 2019 - 05:00
  Yangon, Myanmar

Why this course 

Training is an activity that most professionals in development will conduct sooner or later. Transferring skills and knowledge is valuable and rewarding, if done by an accomplished trainer. Learn from us, professional trainers, and get our tips and tricks in training design and delivery. Build your self-confidence and become creative in the use of a variety of learning methods.

Course objectives 

By the end of this course, you:

can design a quality training programme based on learning needs and styles

can design and deliver attractive and interactive learning sessions

have put your facilitation skills in practice in a safe environment

-   know yourself better and have received feedback from group and trainers

Course agenda

Day 1:

Opening & introductions

Learning theories

The training cycle

Learning styles

Day 2:

Learning needs assessment

-  Learning objectives a

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jul
09

Results-Based Project Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  09 July 2019 - 09:00 to 12 July 2019 - 05:00
  Yangon, Myanmar

Why this course 

During the last decade, results-based management (RBM) has gained much influence in planning programmes for social impact. Still many organisations struggle to plan for real, impactful results with the accompanying processes and tools. RBM has consequences for the entire organisation: for project planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Learning how to design a solid RBM framework - in various forms – is a good first step to integrate RBM in your organisation and programmes.

Course objectives 

By the end of this course, you will:

Learn RBM in a changing context (e.g. SDGs, private sector involvement, conflict situations)

Learn various methods for designing results (for example: Theory of Change, Stakeholder Analysis, Appreciative Inquiry, Outcome Mapping)

Get insights in different RBM frameworks (e.g. Results Framework, Outcome Strategy Map)

Learn how to design a results-based monitoring & evaluation plan, including KPI’s (key p

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mar
12

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  12 March 2019 - 09:00 to 15 March 2019 - 05:00
  Yangon, Myanmar

Why this course 

All development projects need constant tracking of progress to capture essential quantitative and qualitative changes. Do you need to design a systematic way to collect, analyse and use data - so that genuine learning by all actors can take place?

This course teaches you five practical steps to design M&E systems. It shows various monitoring and evaluation methodologies and tools. Always practical and easy-to-use, so you can design a system completely customized to your needs.

Course objectives 

By the end of this course, you will:

ü Be able to apply the five steps to design MEL systems

ü Know how to design and use indicators and progress markers

ü Understand the benefits of digital data collection and have practices digital tools

ü Be able to apply the core steps of Most Significant Change technique

ü Be better prepared to design and learn from evaluations

Course agenda

Day 1:

ü Opening &, introductions

ü Introduction to PCM, RBM

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nov
05

Corporate Sustainability partnerships

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  05 November 2019 - 09:00 to 08 November 2019 - 11:00
  Bali, Indonesia

Why this course 

Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability, Social Responsibility… Different phrases aiming for one thing: sustainable growth and development of the private sector with a positive social impact. But what does this mean? How can the private sector aim for a positive social impact, and how can civil society organisations (or governments) be part of that? This course aims to untangle the various definitions and explain the concepts, the processes of designing a corporate sustainability strategy and how civil society organisations, private sector organisations and governments can become a partner in the design and implementation of meaningful corporate sustainability programmes.

Course objectives 

By the end of this course, you will:

- Have a better understanding of the different concepts and principles of corporate sustainability

Understand corporate sustainability planning processes and how different partners can get involved

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dec
03

Short course: Enterprising Project Design

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  03 December 2018 to 05 December 2018 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Using an entrepreneurial mindset to maximise your social impact

Do you want your project to become less dependent on external funding? The world is changing and so is the nature of developing projects and programmes. It is no longer sufficient to just do ‘good’. Projects need to have an exit strategy and you need to know how to realise that. In this practical course, you learn how to turn current trends into opportunities. Source inspiration from best practices and get started with designing projects that make financial sense.

  • Learn how to keep up with current trends and increase added value
  • Identify the success factors of enterprising projects and programmes
  • Use business tools to turn your projects and project tools into valuable products
  • Learn to utilise your network and present your business case clearly


  Download the course flyer with an extended content description here or check the website! 



nov
12

Impact Evaluation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  12 November 2018 to 16 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Extensive course: Measuring and demonstrating impact

With increasing needs and scarce resources available worldwide, organisations are under strong pressure to deliver and measure impact. But what do we mean by impact?

We define impact as the change that can be attributed to an intervention. This is particularly difficult to measure for projects occurring in complex environments, such as development projects, where many factors contribute to the changes. This is the challenge that we will address during this training. At MDF, we specialise in complexity aware M&E methods suitable for international development efforts. This course will guide you to select the methods and approaches that are most appropriate for your situation.

At the end of the course you:

- Develop a comprehensive understanding of common impact approaches.

- Become familiar with complexity aware methods suitable to measure the impact of development projects.

- Select effective strategies for determining the contribution of you

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aug
27

Management of Development Projects and Programmes

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 August 2018, All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Boost your competences in leadership, results-based management and organisational development

You want your programme to lead to meaningful change. You work together with numerous stakeholders in a multi-cultural context and you have numerous tasks. How to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate your programme so that you achieve results and ensure continuous learning in a complex multi-cultural environment? Learn to deal with challenges related to communication, negotiations, human resource and conflict management. And learn how to assess and boost your own and your partner’s organisational capacities. This training includes visits and learning experiences outside the training room.

At the end of the course you:

- Are able to manage your staff and teams more effectively.

- Understand relevant methodologies and tools for results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation.

- Know how to assess your own and your partner’s organisational capacity.

- Be able to link your programme to the Sustainable Develo

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nov
26

Short course: Write Winning Proposals

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  26 November 2018 to 29 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Develop convincing and attractive proposals

You have a project idea which needs funding. You want to respond to a request for proposals or mobilise new resources for your organisation. You want to demonstrate your added value but are facing stiff competition.

Learn to write a proposal that stands out. We believe that writing a convincing and attractive proposal is something we all can learn.


- Learn to match your unique proposal idea and added value with funders needs.

- Know how to bring needed logic and structure to your proposal.

- Understand the pros and cons of forming partnerships.

- Understand the evaluation procedure and criteria that will be used to assess your proposal.

- Raise your confidence in proposal writing. 


Download the course flyer with extended course description here!



nov
21

Business Challenge in food processing

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  21 November 2017, 09:00-13:00
  Nairobi - Kenya

Call for Business Challenges

Is your company operating in the food processing sector in Kenya and are you facing a specific challenge for which you need an innovative solution? Would you like to take the chance to benefit from applied, market-driven research and to develop innovative solutions with the help of multi-disciplinary teams of students and faculty members at a renowned Technical University?

Register here for the business challenge that will take place on 21st of November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

To conduct the food processing survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/innofoodKE

Learn more about the innofood project by visiting the website

The INNOFOOD initiative is a project of MDF Training and Consultancy (MDF) and BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc) in partnership with the Ho Technical University in Ghana and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Kenya. It is made possible by the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE

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oct
02

Training & Facilitation Skills

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  02 October 2017 to 06 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, The Netherlands

Training and Facilitation Skills 

Designing and delivering highly effective learning sessions

Training is an activity most development professionals will conduct at some point. Yet not everyone has a background in designing or facilitating training.

Learn from our professional MDF trainers. Try out on various interactive and fun techniques and adult training methods. Receive constructive feedback from peers and MDF professionals.

The MDF approach is practice-based and immediately applicable. You will go back to work with a toolkit full of useful training models and methods that you can use right away.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Skills and tools to assess training needs and learning styles.  
  • Practice on designing focused and methodologically strong sessions.  

  • Hands-on tips to move group process and promote full participation of each trainee, even difficult groups who need to achieve useful outcomes.  

  • Hands-on tips to move group process and promote

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sep
24

Result-Based Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  24 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Ede, The Netherlands

Result-Based Management

Managing for lasting results in the new reality of international cooperation 

During the last decade, result based management (RBM) has gained much influence in international cooperation. Still many organisations struggle to plan for real results with the accompanying processes and tools. RBM has consequences for the entire organisation: for project planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Learning how to design a solid RBM framework - in various forms – is a good first step to integrate RBM in your organisation.

Course objectives

    • RBM in a changing context (e.g. SDGs, private sector involvement, conflict situations)
    • Learn various methods for planning and designing results (for example Theory of Change, Stakeholder Analysis, Outcome Mapping)
    • Learn how to develop a Results framework (distinguish between Spheres of Control, Influence and Concern)
    • Learn how to design results-based monitoring and evaluation, including KPIs (key performance indicators) and learning agend

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dec
12

Writing Winning Proposals

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  12 December 2016 to 15 December 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Writing Winning Proposals

Develop convincing and attractive proposals

Today, the range of different proposal requirements is large and changing continually. From online sharing of ideas, to applications with stringent templates. Proposal developers need to be like chameleons. Learn to adapt your writing to suit the funders in a landscape of stiff competition. We believe that writing a winning proposal is something we a

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nov
28

Making Partnership Work

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  28 November 2016 to 02 December 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Making Partnership Work

Adding value through partnerships

  Real meaningful change cannot be achieved alone. Organisations need to team up to pool resources, stimulate innovation, influence policy makers and maximise impact. Developing healthy partnerships means developing ways of working together and mobilising energy that will produce results. How to getting there is what this course is about.  

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nov
21

Knowledge Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  21 November 2016 to 24 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Knowledge Management

Turning information into knowledge, knowledge into learning 

Having the right knowledge at the right moment is crucial for our organisations to change and adapt to a fast changing world.

But what is the ‘right’ knowledge in this world, where information both on- and offline is available everywhere?

Learn to effectively capture, filter and disseminate knowledge to achieve goals and to create an online/offline, innovative working environment.

Course objectives

What you will gain:

  • insights into the best tools for collecting, filtering, storing and sharing knowledge

  • tools to stimulate staff in your organisation or network to become active actors in knowledge processes

  • understanding and development of a culture that harnesses the know-how and experience of your people

  •   ideas to make knowledge accessible by sharing into everyday operations  

For whom?

You deal with information flows or are in charge of learning processes in your organisation or network. You are l

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may
09

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  09 May 2017 to 18 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Designing M&E and Learning systems through both classroom and online learning


Capturing essential quantitative and qualitative changes of your programme has become increasingly important. How to design a M&E system that goes beyond tracking activities? Learn how to show results and make sure your system also enables genuine learning by all actors.

This 10-days blended course provides you with an extended set of relevant, practical and participatory M&E methodologies and tools to boost your programme and organisational accountability, decision-making and learning practices.


Course highlights

  • Understand what effective results-based M&E is.

  • Know how to choose relevant impact evaluation methodologies.

  • Have a full kit of tools to monitor broadly, including contexts and organisational capacities.

  • Be able to design and use key performance indicators and progress markers.

  • Know how to turn M&E into a participative and systematic learning practices.


For whom?

You are a projec

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nov
07

Leadership and People Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  07 November 2016 to 11 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Leadership and People Management

In this training you will work on your personal development and improve your management skills. Reflecting on your own role, behaviour, strengths and weaknesses will give you insight in yourself and others. Learn to work more effectively with your team: lead, motivate and support people to be the best that they can be, in line with your organisation’s objectives.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you:

  • A clearer picture about your personal leadership style, how you can lead yourself and others

  • Insightful reflection on your own qualities and respond to challenges in leading individuals and teams

  • Strengthened engagement and trust with your colleagues and staff

  • Improved communication and conflict management skills

For whom?

You are, or you aspire to be, a professional in a leadership position. Manager in an international organisation, project or programme, you direct, support and supervise individual staff or teams..

Course highlights

  • Know your personal cor

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oct
10

Results - Based Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  10 October 2016 to 12 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Training: Results-Based Management

 Focus on results for successful development programmes  

'Doing good' no longer suffices in the development sector. Projects and programmes need to demonstrate their effectiveness and report to policy makers and the public on concrete results achieved.

Through the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach you will learn to plan, monitor and evaluate around expected results. This will generate valuable information for decision taking and enhanced organisational performance.

Course objectives

At the end of the course you:

  • Design, implement, monitor and evaluate a project’s results framework while ensuring transparency and accountability
  • Make better decisions throughout programme/project life cycles, based on reliable and consistent data and information
  • Know what organisational changes are required to achieve sound and sustainable results

For whom?

You are a programme manager, head of department or project officer working in the development sector.

Course highlights

  • Key R

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sep
25

Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programming

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  25 September 2017 to 02 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programming

Extensive course: Creating gender-responsive programmes and organisations 

'Gender’ is more than a buzzword in development jargon. This course builds your ability in dealing with inclusiveness and gender issues to ensure that development benefits all. You learn to systematically analyse differences in interest, power and decision making among different social groups; men and women, girls, boys, youth and elderly, able and disable, and how to capitalise on each group's strengths. 

Course objectives

  • Learn about development interventions and gender issues.
  • Implement gender analyses in project cycle management.
  • Develop objectives for sustainable change.
  • Do a gender impact assessment.
  • Discover gender in the organisation.

For whom?

You are a professional in development sector and dealing with project design, fundraising or proposal writing. You know about gender and inclusiveness but would like to make it practical, useful. You strive to overcome res

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oct
08

Advocacy and Policy Influencing

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  08 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Advocacy and Policy Influencing

Influence decision-makers and communicate the evidence

Understand how you can influence a policy process. From the first stages to final implementation. It could be your core business or an intrinsic part of your organisation. Obtain a broad set of tools to plan effective advocacy strategies. Conduct actions with well-framed messages, and create coherent paths with your allies for powerful joint interventions.


What you will gain:

  • Understand how to embed advocacy actions in your organisation’s plans.
  • Use practical tools and methods to plan, prepare, implement and evaluate advocacy initiatives.
  • Analyse stakeholders and policy context.
  • Gain insight into building strong coalitions, select your political targets, frame your messages in convincing ways.
  • Practice how to conduct influential lobby meetings.


For whom?

You are a professional engaged in advocacy, civil society capacity building, governance or transparency programmes. You represent a network, an alliance, an associati

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