4. Natural Resources Management
Man has always and will continue to depend on the natural environment for livelihood purposes. The ecosystem remains the life-wire of humankind but the paradox in human-environment interaction is that man cannot be separated from the environment but yet there is the increasing need to conserve the natural environment. The solution lies not in denying local communities access to the natural environment but requires the provision of guided ecological knowledge and consideration. PAID-WA cream of environment and development experts intervenes in the conservation agenda of most development organisation by complementing their approaches to the protection of the natural environment. Some of these include capacity development on the part of the local communities on the sustainable management of natural resources, development of valuable green projects or income generating activities for the communities as way to leverage the pressure on the natural resources, provision of basic management skills and the development of business plans.
5. Performance management and assessment
Understanding what works and why is fundamental to both good policy and programme design, and effective implementation. PAID-WA thus undertakes evaluations in the development sector and other institutional contexts. Central to our approach is the ‘Rights-Based and Results-Based Approach’. Our work ranges from small project based impact evaluations through to wide range assessments of multi-donor partnerships and complex global institutional arrangements.
6. Gender Mainstreaming
Women are disproportionately represented among the world’s poor. The feminisation of poverty has been attributed to gender biases that pervade every aspect of social life that deprive women of the means to make a living. PAID-WA critically examines the evolving conceptual approaches to gender and development that underpin policy and practice and specifically the move from Women in Development (WID) to Gender and Development (GAD) approaches that include consideration of men and masculinities. We explore the ways in which gender relations are produced and reproduced in different institutional settings and at different scales ranging from the family, household and community to the State.
7. Systems Development Designing
new systems is not just about technology - it depends on a strong understanding of organisations, teams and individuals. PAID-WA looks at Systems Development as the design of tools and processes which may utilise technology where necessary, but our fundamental aim will be to support organisations to develop the new routines, behaviours and ways of working that will help them to maximise their performance. Our main systems development focal areas include Learning and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, and knowledge capture and development and most importantly the aspect of understanding the individual roles and responsibilities within a development intervention. Here, we underscore the importance of the RACI model and emphasis the need for organisations to function as ‘teams’ and not ‘groups’.