In the autumn, several Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS courses took place abroad. Courses were held simultaneously in Senegal (5-8 and 12-15 November), and in Spain (12-15 November).
Participants included heads of project, heads of department, project coordinators and country directors from organisations of various sizes, working in a variety of fields - representatives from national, international and UN agencies and independent consultants (WFP, Oxfam, ICRC, FAO, Care International, Ayuda en Acción, Médicos del Mundo, Médicos sin fronteras, etc.). The level of debate and exchange of experiences was very high. This was the first time Groupe URD had ever run a course in Africa and we were very pleased to have participants from twelve countries in the region, including Ivory Coast, Chad, Liberia, Togo, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
The course in Kabul is taking place at this very moment (2-5 December) and will involve a majority of local agencies.
It is very important for us to be involved with agencies in the field in this way. It allows us to respond to real needs as closely as possible and we therefore hope to pursue this kind of initiative in 2008.
The four-day course includes the following modules:
An introduction to the key concepts linked to quality and quality in humanitarian action (definition, historical perspective, issues and the different quality initiatives) ;
Presentation of the Quality COMPAS method and the Compass Rose;
Managing and evaluating a project with the Dynamic COMPAS.
These modules are organised around a complete case study involving group activities, exercises and discussions.