CEDPA is always looking for new opportunities to expand our pool of coaches in developing countries - and are excited to report this quarter that we have added 8 new coaches from Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi. As we didn’t have funding for in-person training, we designed a distance-learning program to train these fabulous women leaders on how to be a professional coach. And we’re excited with the results! These new coaches have already been paired with alumni from the Women’s Leadership for Family Planning and Reproductive Health workshop held this past February in Nairobi, Kenya.
This 4-step distance-learning process is an abbreviated version of our full CEDPA Coach Training Program conducted in Washington, DC. The process included highlights such as:
The most challenging part of the training was the limited bandwidth in Africa which prevented our new coaches from taking part in real-time webinars. The most rewarding part of this program is that your support through GlobalGiving made a great contribution to pilot the distance-training. Now that we have a working model, we can effectively train more women coaches in the future at a lower cost.
Thank you for your continued support of the CEDPA Coaching Program!
Update: Since our last GlobalGiving report in June 2012, CEDPA conducted a 45-day check of the new team of coaches working with alumni from the Women’s Leadership for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Workshop as well as their first quarterly reports. All of the coaches reported active and highly constructive coaching sessions are taking place monthly, both in person and virtually. A variety of themes have emerged during the coaching sessions, with clients requesting advice and support on such items as resource mobilization for reproductive health and family planning programs, mainstreaming advocacy in other programs, carrying out advocacy at regional levels, advocacy tools, working with the media and working in local languages, team building, time management, delegation and dealing with gender issues in male dominated work environments.
This project listing will be discontinued as of 9/30/2012. All funds received to-date have been used in support of the CEDPA Coaching Training Program.
April – June 2012
What better way to share our recent accomplishments than through clients’ feedback?
Since attending CEDPA’s Global Women in Management (WIM) workshop in Washington, DC, Sonia (Mexico alumna) has initiated organizational changes with the help of her coach. She wrote:
“I have re-structured the entire Social Service Department and I have to admit that Carola, my coach, has been a great help. The results have been that students have a much more structured social service, we have increased the number of universities involved, the evaluation and monitoring systems have helped us understand their process, and we have been able to have better communication skills. Carola is a very good coach. She listens, understands and gives good advice, alternatives and options that have helped me understand the issues and make decisions. She is a very nice person, very capable woman and very experienced professional with enormous capabilities and abilities to help me improve, change and develop.”
Suzzy (Ghana alumna) helps women at the grassroots use tools and technologies to advance economic development. She shared with us her feedback of the coaching program:
"Considering every event that unfolds during the workshop, the way forward is simple and clear to me. My goal is to impart all that I have learnt at the Global Women in Management workshop into my work, my colleagues and the communities in which I work. The coaching program and my coach helped me to re-arrange my thoughts and feelings and make sense out of them. It helps me to be more critical in thinking and my coach, Lucy, guided me through the process of exploring new opportunities and keeps me moving forward.”
Suzzy has raised $150,000 to implement projects in 5 regions in Ghana and she has trained 95 women.
Continued support of CEDPA’s coaching program will sustain our critical work ensuring this south-to-south learning.
With great appreciation and thanks,
CEDPA’s Leadership and Capacity Building Team
2011 was a busy and successful year for CEDPA’s Alumni Coaching Program. Over the course of the year, 45 CEDPA-trained coaches worked with over 100 alumni, providing them with technical guidance and professional support in a structured year-long program. One of our many successful pairings this year was Dr. Hoda Yacoub (client) and Dr. Hala Yousry (coach); they both have experience in nongovernmental organizations that focus on gender and conservation in Egypt. Hoda works for Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritages (CNCH) in Upper Egypt. Her organization provides literacy classes and vocational training for girls in Bedouin communities. After the revolution and political upheaval in Egypt in early 2011, Hoda encountered myriad challenges. The centralization of authority after the revolution made it difficult for Hoda to gain access to her project funds. With her coach Hala, she learned to “act instead of react” by persistently making direct contact with the appropriate ministry until she gained access to her funds. Over the course of their coaching relationship, Hoda has become more self-assured and confident in her work.While coach and client usually have their monthly meetings via Internet and telephone, Hala and Hoda arranged to meet in person in October 2011. During this meeting, they discussed the possibility of an ongoing professional partnership. Through the CEDPA Alumni Coaching Program, they have established what Hala calls a “lifelong relationship.”
As we enter 2012, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your generous support and hope more people will join us in this exciting program in the new year!
July – September 2011
With thirty coaches actively engaged with their clients, CEDPA’s Coaching Program has been robust in the 3rd quarter. A key Coaching Program result is helping clients to build the capacity of her organization. We would like to share with you one story in Nigeria that truly exemplifies this outcome.
In her final coaching report, CEDPA coach Chief Imo barely had enough room on the form to record the plethora of accomplishments she and her client had achieved together over their 12-month coaching cycle. Twelve months prior, Chief Imo took on a new client despite the challenges and activities going on in her own personal and professional life. For Coach Imo, the opportunity to coach one of her Nigerian “sisters” is a unique and special opportunity and one she takes very seriously.
Beatrice, the client, shared what she wanted to achieve for her organization as her coaching objectives. Her organization seeks to build the capacity of illiterate, poor, rural women and empower them through technical and financial support, thereby enabling them to become self-sufficient and self-reliant.
When their coaching relationship began twelve months prior to the day Chief Imo sat down to complete the final coaching report, a mission and vision was all Beatrice’s organization had to its name. It did not have any funding, a Board, office space, or running programs.
Over the 12-month period with Chief Imo’s coaching, guidance and monitoring, Beatrice led the organization to form a Board of Directors, obtain leased office space, and implement a transparent and documented accounting system. It has also developed a 5-year strategic plan and created several successful economic development projects. Chief Imo helped Beatrice develop a proposal for funding, which led to the organization finally being awarded a grant to further its projects, including training of 100 women on food processing, hat and bead making, poultry farming and piggery management, and soap making.
Beatrice’s organization is well functioning after just one year of its inception. Together they made it happen!
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