It is always exciting to travel somewhere and meet colleagues, friends, family or even new people; it is even more refreshing to go out there and break the office routine, share/exchange ideas and meals with others. This is the practice at IGCP and its coalition partners. Every year since 2013, the technical advisory group (TAG) for the IGCP meets to discuss the progress and performance of the programme. The group also advises and makes recommendations on how and where to improve to achieve the programme goals and objectives.
This year the TAG meeting that brought together 20 participants (from both IGCP and local and global coalition offices) was held on 25 – 28th April in Virunga National Park, Rumangabo and Goma, DRC. “This year’s technical advisory group (TAG) meeting was another successful learning and exchange visit for IGCP, helping to further orient IGCP following our recent midterm strategic review”, says, Anna Behm Masozera, IGCP Director says.
The main objective for the meeting was to present and validate the IGCP theory of change/result chain and scoping of the landscape planning approach among others. By the end of the meeting two main outputs – validation of the IGCP theory of change/result chain process and orientation of the habitat strategy and landscape approach had been registered.
Commenting on the 4th TAG meeting the DRC Country Coordinator for the IGCP, Altor Musema, says “It’s an honor for us to host two consecutive TAG meetings in DRC supported by FFI and WWF, the 3rd in Kahuzi Beiga and the 4th in the Virunga. The recent meeting was very exciting and unique because it’s the first-time TAG was held in the Virunga – our main operating area. The meeting also hosted those who support IGCP work like the CEO of WWF – Sweden, Håkan Wirten and the Fundraising manager of FFI – UK, Liz Eaton”. “It was humbling to share moments and hold discussions with them” Altor adds.