ICRA’s activities are normally in partnership with other organizations from both “North” and “South”. They include projects where we take the lead, and others where we play a supporting role. Typically our capacity development role supports broader rural innovation processes to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

Developing capacity at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (KNUST-CANR), Ghana

Developing capacity at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (KNUST-CANR), Ghana

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Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE Tailer-made training programme)

ICRA Contact Person:

Mariëtte Gross

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Info on the postgraduate programme at Knust

Tailor-made Training on inter-active learning and soft skill training delivery for KNUST lecturers in the Postgraduate Natural Resource and Environmental Governance Programme of the Faculty or renewable natural resources at Kumasi University.


CANR has developed an MPhil programme in Natural Resource and Environmental Governance (NREG). The programme:

  • is interdisciplinary and engages practitioners
  • is beyond knowledge acquisition, it simultaneously focuses on meta-disciplinary skills (e.g. environmental diplomacy) and attitude/mind-set development
  • necessitates the use of interactive learning and creation of authentic learning environments.

Lecturers are knowledgeable in their subject areas, but either/or:

  • have not been adequately exposed to interactive learning methods
  • do not have adequate capacity for effectively imparting identified skills
  • have little experience with assessment methods for meta-disciplinary skills development and interactive learning
  • have inadequate expertise and resources for sustained development and assessment of authentic learning environments for NREG
  • have limited structures for effective partnership between lecturers and NREG practitioners


Mainly capacity building, preparation of new teaching and learning materials and institutional review to better accommodate stakeholder engagement. Specifically, the following interventions are proposed:

  • Training on interactive teaching and learning methods and assessment of interactive learning
  • Experience sharing with other institutions and lecturers using interactive learning
  • Strategies for developing, assessing and funding authentic learning experiences for NREG graduate students
  • Teaching and assessing meta-disciplinary skills
  • Institutional changes for effective partnership development between the university and its stakeholders in curriculum delivery.

The tailor-made training built the capacity of lecturers through:

  • Training on interactive teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • Teaching and assessing meta-disciplinary skills
  • Strategies for developing, assessing and funding hands-on, field-based, practical learning experiences for NREG graduate students.

ICRA's role

The training comprises of four workshops, two at the start of each semester, and several distance coaching sessions related to practical assignments.

Fifteen lecturers (5 of them women) were trained to obtain the essential knowledge and skills to provide competence-based graduate education in natural resource and environmental governance.

Achievements to date

In July-August 2014 a first training was organized on: Training Needs Assessment, design of course according to the steps of learning, development of checklists, giving feedback in a training setting, guiding role plays and facilitating a didactical discussion.

Participants embarked subsequently on a practical assignment (redesign one training session) and a reflection report on the application of their new skills.

In 2015 more training sessions followed and the project was successsfully finalized.

Published on: 12 - January - 2015

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