The Hunger Project (THP) has been implementing its Epicenter Strategy across eight different African countries over the past 20 years. With the aim of scaling up its reach and impact, THP now wishes to partner with other like-minded organisations who wish to implement the Epicenter Strategy themselves.
The key activity of the Epicenter Strategy implementation is a series of training courses, which are conducted throughout the five to eight years over which the strategy is implemented. The training courses are delivered by a mixture of THP staff, local Government staff, external consultants and by the members of the community themselves. In order to empower their partner organisations to implement the Epicenter Strategy, THP has undertaken to develop a comprehensive training toolkit. The Hunger Project Malawi (THPM), volunteered to complete this task, with assistance from Kadale Consultants Ltd, a Malawi-registered consulting firm.
The purpose of the toolkit is to capture all aspects of the training courses, in particular the Animator Training Courses, conducted as part of the Epicenter Strategy in an accessible and standardized format. The aim of this is to ensure that the Epicenter Strategy is implemented to the same standard and with the same culture by implementing partners as it has been by THP to date.
This toolkit is split into two sections:
Figure 1: Structure of the Toolkit
Part A give essential background information on the Epicenter Strategy, which must be understood by implementing partners before training courses are conducted. This includes a general overview of the strategy, describes its core philosophy, outlines the phases of implementation and gives an overview of the programs (also known as ‘thematic areas’) that make up the Epicenter Strategy.
Part B focuses on the actual training courses conducted and assumes knowledge of the terms and concepts covered in Part A. This includes an explanation of the different types of trainings, general guidance notes that should apply to all training courses, specific guidance notes for each individual training course and an outline of the schedule in which courses occur throughout implementation.
Where this toolkit makes reference to other documents that are used in the training course, such as templates, forms and checklists, these are included as annexes at the end of the toolkit. The Training Manuals, which contain the content used in each course are referenced in the ‘Specific Guidance by Program’ section and are attached separately.
Finally, a series of video mini-clips has been developed to accompany this toolkit communicate at key points and in their own section.