Sharing experiences to build capacity – 2015 Joint Stakeholders’ Conference of the ACP-EU Co-operation Programmes

Dr. Perry Polar attended the 2015 Joint Stakeholders’ Conference of the ACP-EU Co-operation programmes on the 7th-8th July 2015 in Brussels, Belgium on behalf of the ACP EDULINK project: Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in Built Environment training and Research in the Caribbean (CarEnTrain).

The conference saw an attendance of 175 persons from ACP States and the EU with 93 attending from EDULINK projects.   The meeting allowed for the year 1 experiences of selected projects to be shared to allow for discussions on how to improve monitoring and evaluation; valorisation of results; working in consortia; and financial and narrative reporting. The meeting also facilitated “speed dating” sessions which allowed representatives from each project to interact with their counterparts on other EU project on a one to one basis in order to better understand the nature of the projects being supported by the EU and to develop useful linkages. Meetings with the projects and the Project Management Unit allowed for specific project issues to be addressed.

Dr. Polar delivered the presentation: Mechanisms linking monitoring and evaluation systems to sustainability. The presentation gives a status update after 1.5 years on the ACP-EU EDULINK project “Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in Built Environment Training and Research in the Caribbean (CarEnTrain) and shows the improvements to the M&E and sustainability mechanisms compared to a previously run EU-ACP STI project “Strengthen research development and uptake capacity in Urban, Land and Municipal Management in the Caribbean (NSUS)”. This presentation is available at the following link:  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280154972_Mechanisms_linking_monitoring_and_evaluation_systems_to_sustainability

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