21 december 2011

Agrigento: “Kick off meeting of the Project ArcheoMed”

Kick off meeting del progetto ArcheoMedBeyond any political, social and economic borders, the Mediterranean countries share a common legacy made up of a similar archeological and architectural assets. To fully exploit the potential offered by this Mediterranean heritage, enhance the management of cultural sites and valorize underrated resources, ArcheoMed focuses on the development of an integrated regional policy, building on the concept of a “Mediterranean Cultural District”, with a view of promoting shared ideas and initiatives based on a single communication and marketing strategy.

SudgestAid is partner but also promoter of the project whose leader is the University of Agrigento. The other partners are AIDO, a Spanish technological company, and two Mediterranean Universities, Yarmouk (Jordan) and Al Quds (Palestine).

The kick off meeting has been made in Agrigento (Sicily) on 19, 20 and 21 December 2011. The results of a biennial project will be:

  • Elaboration of a study document aimed at identifying a common system of valorization, preservation and management of the involved areas (Sicily, Greece, Palestine);
  • Creation of a network of territories, supported by an interactive electronic platform of services, specialized in the promotion of conservation and management policies of cultural/archeological sites and tourism-related activities;
  • Drafting of a “Strategic Planning Agreement” on conservation and management policies for the “Cultural District of the Mediterranean”, to be signed by any interested stakeholders involved in the cultural heritage sector (Universities, local/regional/national authorities).

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21 november 2011

Afghanistan: “The public officials training project in Herat (Afghanistan) got started”

Al via il grande progetto di formazione dei funzionari pubblici di HeratFrom 25th October to 2nd November the first phase of the assistance and training Project addressed to the officials of the Herat Province about the issues of strategic planning and development of the financial management procedure and procurement was held in Afghanistan. Twenty people among the Herat University teachers and local representatives of international organizations operating in that area, attended the six-day training of trainers (TOT) organized by SudgestAid on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Development Cooperation Agency.

The project (whose full name is “Capacity Building for Budget Execution, Procurement Activities and Expense Control – Proposal for an experimental action of assistance and training of the structures of the Herat Governorate (Afghanistan) in support of the implementation of the Provincial Development Plan (PDP)”) is co-financed by the University of Genoa with the financial support of the Italian Development Cooperation and with the collaboration of SudgestAid as “implementing partner”.

The main issues of the Training of Trainers (TOT) are: Governance, Strategic Planning and Project Cycle Management (PCM). The courses addressed to 140 employees of the Governor of Herat are expected to begin in December: the students will be selected by the Provincial Departments, from 16 districts of the Province and the Municipality.

With the Financial support of the University of Genoa and the Italian Development Cooperation a permanent Training Center will be created within the University of Herat and used not only for the training of the 140 employees of Herat Province, but also to perform local civil servants' lifelong learning. The center will also benefit from an electronic platform of distance assistance that SudgestAid is implementing in the framework of the project.

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