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03 May 2019, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): The Land Governance Project of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) yesterday closed a two-day training workshop on coaching for Land Tenure Experts and officials from IGAD Member States and some Programme Managers and staff members of the regional organization based in Djibouti.

During his opening remarks on Day one of the Coaching Clinic the Director of Economic Cooperation Division, Mr. Elsadig Abdalla, said that this training on coaching skills will help “to take full advantage of our individual qualities and overcome pitfalls that may hinder our effectiveness in the pursuit of challenging and meaningful objectives in our personal lives as well as in our careers”.

“I hope that through this process we will learn some innovative and integrated approaches that will enable us address today’s complex and multidimensional challenges in the different spheres of our lives”, he continued before officially opening the training.

After the two days, Anita Lubari Ramba, Deputy Director-Policy and Law at South Sudan Land Commission, said her satisfaction to have participated in and pledged to transmit the knowledge gained to her colleagues back home.

Simone Zurschmitten, Project Assistant in the Land Governance Project, assured that she will be able to apply the coaching models and methods taught to support colleagues of her team, other IGAD staff members as well as a variety of stakeholders in overcoming obstacles that lie in the way of achieving common objectives of our project.

According to the trainer, Marco Noordeloos from Africa Lead, it was a real pleasure to work and learn with such a committed group of participants from IGAD. “Based on the clear actions plans shared during our closing session, I’m hopeful that the learning will translate into real commitments to integrate a coaching-approach into the work and management styles of these talented professionals”, he said.

This Coaching Clinic was conducted by Africa Lead, one of USAID and Feed the Future’s food security and resilience capacity building programs for Africa. The training was part of a new collaboration with IGAD under a broader investment by USAID to support the coordination and implementation of the African Union agenda on land governance.

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