Learning by doing
DFID | 2014 — ongoing
Governments, companies and NGOs all need local experts with specialist skills to help them meet international standards for responsible production. Through our Africa Regional Office, Proforest and three partners established the Africa Practitioners Network (APN) in 2014 to build this capacity.
By combining formal training courses with mentored practical experience in the field, we are developing a pool of competent, local professionals with the environmental, social and auditing skills needed for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of accepted best practice requirements.
Working with partners
Our private sector and NGO partners are instrumental in providing opportunities for trainees to gain practical experience in real field situations. An increasing number of organisations have expressed interest in our training and in 2014 we engaged with 58 organisations in six countries of the region. Drawing on our network of partners in the private and non-governmental sectors, we worked with six companies and four other organisations to provide training courses and practical field sessions for 23 trainees. By the end of 2014, some trainees had already started to put their new skills to work as consultant auditors and peer reviewers.
At the inaugural meeting of the Network in Accra in December 2014, Rainforest Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Tropenbos, Cameroon Forest Certification Initiative, Client Earth, WWF-Cameroon, Resource Trust and several other organisations affirmed their commitment to work with the Africa Practitioners Network in the future.