Walkgrove has been shortlisted for an e-learning age, e-learning award. This year, their work with Oxfam GB has been shortlisted in the category ‘Excellence in the production of learning content – not for profit sector’.
Six agencies: CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision, formed the Emergency Capacity Building Project in 2003 with the aim of improving capacity across the humanitarian aid sector. Different agencies work on different areas of expertise, and Oxfam’s work focuses on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) as one of the global leaders in this key sector of disease prevention.
Two training needs for the ECB project were identified by Oxfam GB’s senior technical team leaders. The first was for public health promoters to develop critical thinking and analysis skills to help them tailor effective responses to a community's needs and culture. Course participants learn to assess appropriate methods and materials (e.g. radio spots, poster and leaflet campaigns) to engage with communities and help them take action to protect their health.
The second need was technical project management. Oxfam’s water and sanitation engineers need to apply the principles of contract management and quality control. Teaching national staff how to balance the elements of quality, cost and time, whilst managing external contractors and suppliers effectively, would undoubtedly help to improve the quality of the water and sanitation work that Oxfam delivers.
Oxfam GB chose Walkgrove to develop this vital training intervention.
The winners will be revealed at the gala evening on 7 November 2013 at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London, UK.