Being Effective in Fragile Context (15-19 April 2018)

1960.00 EUR
Bangkok, Hua Hin or Pattaya


Date: 15-19 April 2018

Training fee: tbc

People and organisations are increasingly realising that disruptive changes, uncertainty and chaos are not temporary phenomena but a permanent condition of our world. Management practices relying on formal procedures, intense analysis and systematic planning, which have been successful in predictable and controllable contexts are revealing their inappropriateness to the emerging new context. Iterative, incremental and evolutionary management approaches with continuous adaptation and rapid prototyping are seen more suitable for being effective in fragile contexts.

OECD / DAC has expanded its definition of fragility beyond its original narrow focus on fragile states. The new understanding of fragility affecting risks and vulnerabilities is more holistic by referring to different dimensions such as economic foundation, violence, justice, inclusive institutions and capacities to adapt to economic and environmental shocks and disasters. Professionals working in international cooperation are becoming aware, that even in less fragile states specific regions or sections of people are exposed to fragility and the overall condition in a country may also change quickly. Therefore, understanding fragile contexts and mastering concepts, processes and tools for being successful in volatile environment is becoming a core competency for all professionals working in the space of international cooperation.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training, the participants will have

  • Deeper understanding of key features of fragility and VUCA context;
  • Increased awareness of their set of values and competencies and its relevance for successful work in a VUCA world;
  • Clarity regarding problem and dilemma as well as plan and scenarios -  instruments for dealing with dilemma and developing scenarios;
  • Understanding of the importance of cognitive, affective and conative dimensions for more resilience and purposeful interventions;
  • Know-how on innovative management approaches, instruments and practices.

Content / Topics

The workshop will address the following key questions:

  • What are key features defining fragility contexts and VUCA environment?
  • How does this affect project / programme management?
  • How do we achieve results and monitor risks and outcomes in fragile contexts?
  • Which competencies and attitudes are key for thriving in fragile contexts?
  • How do we prioritise and decide on interventions and actions in contexts of uncertainty?
  • How do we inspire each other and drive changes through a VUCA environment?
  • How do we strengthen team resilience and catalyse responsible actions for a positive change?

About the trainer

Mohan Dhamotharan (M.Sc.) is facilitator and trainer with 25 years experience in the space of international cooperation. He has worked intensely on topics such as leadership, management, capacity development as well as monitoring and evaluation. His working experience with organisations such as FAO-Rome, GIZ-Eschborn, APO-Tokyo, ZIF (Center for International Peace Operation) – Berlin, Ericsson - Stockholm, LEAD Academy-Berlin and International Project Management Association contributed to a broad understanding of management concepts and issues.

This course is especially inspired and informed through interactions with ZIF - Berlin, AIZ (Academy for International Cooperation)-Bad Honnef and many professionals working in the challenging contexts of fragility.

Training Approach

The workshop creates a nurturing space for reflecting on your working context by mapping key aspects of fragility and VUCA as well as your competencies and dilemmas in managing projects and programmes. You will develop with peers solutions for thriving in such environment. During the workshop, you will expand your know-how on new concepts and methods and strengthen your competency and value base for being successful in fragile/VUCA contexts.

The workshop applies a combination of learning methods ranging from presentation, simulation, dialogue, journaling, introspection, mentoring, coaching and awareness exercises to catalyse transformative learning.

Who should attend this training?

Staff of public, private or civil society organizations, and project staff who want to:

  • deepen their understanding of key features of fragility and VUCA context and explore how this affects results oriented project management;
  • reflect on personal, team and organisational challenges in achieving developmental results in fragile contexts and identify solutions to deal with such challenges;
  • map their competencies for being effective in VUCA contexts and design a personal competency development plan;
  • develop their know-how on emerging management approaches such as agile management, iterative processes, value centered decision making, CYNEFIN approach and prototyping; and
  • explore relevance of soft-factors of management crucial for being successful as a team and being resilient in thriving fragile contexts and instruments to nurture such soft factors.




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