Online Field Experience with We World – GVC for our Master PMC
The Field Experience is a fundamental part of our Masters’ learning path. It is an opportunity to put our students’ skills into practice and to improve their project design competencies while supporting the resolution of problematic situations present on the territory, together with a partner NGO.
2020 saw the fruitful collaboration between Social Change School and WeWorld–GVC, who organized together the Field Experience involving Master PMC – Project Management for International Cooperation fellows in a participatory project identification.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities that were originally planned to take place on the field were realized remotely instead, from November 26th to December 3rd. The elaboration of deliverables and final outputs took place in December 2020. Even with the pandemic, the School and its fellows were able to deliver the promised results and reach the didactic objectives.
The fruitful collaboration between SCS and WeWorld – GVC lead to the Field Experience that involved the SCS fellows to contribute with evidence-based analysis to ground the NEXUS related programming of the international community in Libya.
The aim of the collaboration has been the identification of a new proposal for the context analysis and the applicability of the NEXUS approach in the context of the city of Sebha, in the South of Libya.
After collecting information throughout the desk review and the interviews with different stakeholders, the SCS fellows started by clustering these main findings under the two main problems identified from the NEXUS two collective outcomes defined by NEXUS Working Group. Once the main clusters were labeled, the fellows were able to formulate the related main problems and consequently determined the intermediate outcomes. The final step was the analysis of the Intermediate Outcomes by identifying the main keys criterias for the strategies prioritization.
Two teams, one for PMC Students supported and trained by Alessio Di Carlo and Marinella Pellé, and one for HOPE Students, supported and trained by Lodovico Mariani and Silva Ferretti, worked on the Humanitarian-Peace-Nexus framework and operationalization in the Libyan context. A range of different activities was carried out and allowed the students to put in practice skills and knowledge acquired during the master path, as well as to challenge themselves by managing interviews with a number of different stakeholders and by applying innovative tools.
“Despite the remote settings,” commented Marinella Pellé, part of the Didactic Staff of the School, “the Field Experience carried out in partnership with WW-GVC Tunisia, was for the PMC Master Students an invaluable learning and practicing opportunity. Not only they managed to get in touch with real stakeholders and to carry out a concrete context analysis – applying knowledge and methodologies acquired during the master path, but they have been also called to work with specific tools and innovative approaches.
Nonetheless, the Field Experience’s remote feature gave the students a practical hint of what is remote management in the humanitarian and development field.”
As expressed by Nick Gianni, Linking Relief, Rehabilitation & Development (LRRD) Officer at WW-GVC Tunisia, “The remote field exercise conducted by the SCS master students was a learning experience familiarizing our methodologies for context analysis. This provides us with a springboard from which we can further explore possibilities of joint programming in southern Tunisia”.
SCS Training Team and fellows would like to thank WW-GVC Team for the challenging opportunity and for its support and commitment, without which this work would not have been possible.