EACN Monthly Newsletter

March 2019 
 Fostering knowledge and skills in project design and implementation
In November 2017, Bettie Luwuge (Tanzania Forest Conservation Group) and Julius Kimani (Kijabe Environment Volunteers, Kenya) attended a Master Class aimed at building the capacity of CEPF grantees in designing and implementing impact-based conservation projects. The Master Class was organized by the TBA and Eastern Afromontane (EAM) Regional Implementation Team (RIT) with funding from CEPF. After a little over a year, the two now share the impact of the training in their work.
Bettie Luwuge
“I gained new skills in project design and outcome planning, budgeting and financial management, communication skills and reporting, procurement procedures and monitoring from the training. These skills have so far made my work in project implementation and management easier through enabling me to ensure that my project team is complying with CEPF requirements during project implementation.

I have further used the skills in enhancing communication and stakeholder engagement. Through this, I have identified and recognized the importance of having the right stakeholders to work with in projects and other interventions while also assisting my colleagues in identifying key stakeholders; this move has highly benefitted my organization in terms of project implementation.
Overall, the training has improved my performance level significantly. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to attend the training and build my capacity” 
Julius Kimani
“The training allowed me to gain skills in proposal revision, impact mapping, budgeting and finance management, stakeholder engagement, and incorporating ethics and gender into projects. My role in project implementation has been very easy thanks to these skills especially on impact mapping.

I have further transferred the project design skills in developing other projects and also training other KENVO staff on fundraising as well as the use of Gender Tracking Tools for gender incorporation in projects and the use of the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool.

Through the training, I had the opportunity to network with other CEPF grantees and learn from their projects. My work performance level and that of my colleagues have improved significantly due to the skills acquired from the Master Class. This training was a perfect opportunity for me as it will go a long way in improving my organization’s capacity.”

Opportunities and Resources

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund — Conservation of Endangered Species (Flora & Fauna)
This aims to save critically endangered flora and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It gives funding preference to organizations in these regions, sometimes in partnership with parties in Europe or North America. Grants are up to €20 thousand or US$20 thousand. 
Deadline: 01 February 2020

Idea Wild — Equipment and Supplies for Biodiversity Conservation
This is a nonprofit organization to provide equipment and supplies in support of biodiversity conservation in developing countries. Grants are to individuals of any nationality engaged in biodiversity conservation, education, or research in the developing countries. The total cost of your equipment must be below US$1,500. 
Deadline:Open until filled
Rainforest Action Network — Protect-an-Acre Fund
This makes small grants to protect forests, promote local self-sufficiency, and strengthen the rights and livelihoods of forest communities. Grants are to local forest communities, indigenous federations, and NGOs active in rainforest zones worldwide. Grants generally do not exceed US$5 thousand.
Deadline: Open until filled

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more opportunities, and the Capacity for Conservation website for self-led organizational development.
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