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An important component of the Adapting to Change Program consists of collaboration with regionally-based partner institutions. These are selected in view of their potential to adapt the core program learning materials to local needs, and to achieve ‘multiplier effects’ in locally-based training. This is a critical part of the program insofar as it aims to ‘regionalize’ the learning materials and help build centers of excellence in developing parts of the world.

Below you will find links to each of the regional training programs that have been or will be offered in each region. For more information about training activities within a region, please refer to the contact persons listed in that region.

Adapting to Change Program Activities:

Region Activities
Francophone Africa
Regional Partnership

Francophone Core Course: S'Adapter au changement (20 Janvier - 2 Fevrier 2001, Dakar, Sénégal)

Training of Trainers Workshop (June 2000, Dakar, Sénégal)

Francophone Program Curriculum Development Workshop (Februrary 2000, Cotonou, Benin)

Anglophone Africa

Training of Trainers Workshop (15-19 January 2001, Kampala, Uganda)

New Agendas for Poverty Reduction Strategies: Integrating Gender and Health - an eight-part course using distance learning techniques and methodologies (20 February to 10 April 2001)

Francophone version for Francophone African countries (23 April to 11 June 2001)

Future Distance Learning courses are planned in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Middle East and North Africa Cairo Adapting to Change: Distance Learning Overview Module (May 2000, Cairo, Egypt)
Latin America & the Caribbean Organization Meetings


Pilot Events:

Three training events held in 1998 in various locations were designed as pilot activities that helped refine the curriculum for the Adapting to Change Core Course in Population, Reproductive Health and Health Sector Reform that was held for the first time in the fall of 1999 in Washington, D.C.

Dhaka Conference

The training activity "Asia's New Demographic Realities: Do They Matter for Economic Growth?" was held 26-30 April 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Co-sponsored by the Economic Development Institute (now the World Bank Institute) in collaboration with the South-South Partnership in Population, Harvard Institute of International Development and the United Nations Population Fund, the one week course was attended by thirty-four participants from nine Asian countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). The conference addressed important issues such as Asia's population growth reates and the related increases in resources for feeding, clothing, and housing this population. Other issues presented were increased urbanization and pollution, and rising pressure on the environment and natural resources in developing countries in Asia. Please see the seven papers for more information about the content of the Dhaka Conference.

Costing Conference

The costing conference was held 17-18 February 1999 in Washington, D.C to address the financing and costs of reproductive health services around the globe. The program included costing and setting priorities, balancing the growing demand for services with the use of scarce resources for reproductive health and family planning programs, and case studies. The seven papers highlight the issues of financing and costs of reproductive health.

Nairobi Conference

The Nairobi Learning Forum sponsored by the Economic Development Institute (now the World Bank Institute) was held 21-25 September 1998 in Nairobi, Kenya to gather international practioners to focus on the integration of reproductive health services within the context of health sector reform and sector-wide development efforts. Discussions concentrated on ways to design, cost and implement reproductive health services within reforming health systems in Africa. The forum also addressed HIV/AIDS, decentralization, health sector reform, integration of reproductive health services at various levels, managing integrated services, and public and private roles in providing and financing reproductive health care. Country case studies included The Gambia, Mali, Uganda, and Zambia. Please browse through the Nairobi section for more information and specific training materials and papers.