Capacity development for ICEP partners

From 22ndto 25thof November, five ICEP partner organizations met for an exchange seminar in Nairobi.

Building and strengthening of local structures

IICEP bases its development work on reliable and professional local partners. In order to improve the provision of vocational training in Kenya and Uganda and to better target local markets, ICEP has established a network of 5 partners with 8 training centers, providing individual and network support.


Exchange of experiences in Nairobi

VFrom 22ndto 25thof November, Benedikt Metternich and Martin Maier from ICEP met with staff from the partner organizations COWA, Sharing Youth Center, Imani, St. Kizito and ECT for a seminar. In addition to intensive exchange of experiences, different topics were worked out in working groups and discussions.

On the one hand, there were pedagogical and didactic questions such as training of trainers or teaching of soft skills and basic business knowledge. Together, procedures were developed to involve companies for training purposes, and elements of the Austrian dual training system that are applicable in the context of East Africa were discussed. The development of promotional brochures, teaching materials and curricula and the sharing of facilities and machines are further examples of the close and fruitful cooperation. Finally, action plans for lobbying, joint press appearances and conferences have been established to further publicize the importance of technical education.

Charlotte Kirnbauer from the HTL-Ottakring enriched the seminar with her valuable experiences from an Austrian vocational school and the cooperation with companies. She also gave an impulse on safety at work. In cooperation with HTL Ottakring, the safety standards of vocational training centers will be improved in 2018.

What struck me particularly was the enthusiasm and sincerity with which the partner organizations have been engaged in the program in recent years and how they have been advancing it with the support of ICEP. Today, they offer vocational training for young people from very disadvantaged backgrounds and have independently cooperated with partners from the business sector – from one-women businesses for apprentices in hairdressing to larger auto repair shops for apprentices in mechanics.

It was clear how much they listened to each other and took ideas from each other, which they want to implement themselves in the future. This conference has definitely helped to increase intra-African networking. The keynote speeches were carefully followed and discussed. The offer of HTL Ottakring to conceptualize training on the topic of safety at work was also very well received.

Dr. Charlotte Kirnbauer

ICEP Consultant

ICEP cooperation with partners

New or improved training courses

Youths who were trained in 2016

Vocational trainers that were trained in 2016


Reduction of the drop-out rate during training

Capacity Development: to ensure long-lasting development work

Capacity development of partner organisations is part of the work of ICEP. We support our local partner to improve their management and their structures and help them to build up networks with other local partners. Our capacity development apporach aims at strengthening the organisational and financial independence of the partners and to enhance the sustainability of the development work.

Organisational development:ICEP provides strategic counselling and supports collaborators or partner institutions through further training.

Partizipative Implementation:Collaborative planning and implementation of projects generate an important added value for the partner organisations. In this way, a collaboration with ICEP encourages institutional learning processes, develops joint expertise and helps building long-term sustainable structures.

Know-how Transfer: ICEP identifies similar problems in different regions, connects partners through South-South cooperation or institutionalized exchanges and let them apply their know-how in new projects.

With ICEP, we have developed a methodology for improving the quality of schooling in rural areas, with which we have been working very successfully for years. It was also a very valuable experience for us to pass on this methodology to another ICEP partner in Nicaragua.

Eunice de Alvarado

Programm Manager Fundap

With ICEP we have developed practically all our programs for women entrepreneurs. We also had experts from NGOs from Uganda and Cameroon with us who specifically wanted to adopt the multiplier approach. The exchange in the ICEP network is and always has been very enriching for us.

Susan Kinyua

Programm Manager Kianda

ICEP has brought together various institutions, which work in the same field and have the same goals. We make visits of other vocational training centers and exchange experiences and learn from each other. For me this exchange is one of the big wins with ICEP.

Austine Omeno

Principal, ECT Kenya

ICEP promotes its work through partners.

Women’s Empowerment

Together with is Kenyan partner Kianda, ICEP developed a project approach that efficiently and effectively helps women in rural areas to build a small business through multiplicators. Exchange seminars provided a plattform to share the approach with partners in Uganda and Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Internships of collaborators from one partners with another partners also played an important role in adopting the methodology. ICEP was the facilitator of this know-how transfer between the partners. The South-South Network, which ICEP has formed to establish and further develop the multiplicator approach, now also includes partners in Kazakhstan and Cameroon.

Educational Upgrading

ICEP’s integral project approach of educational upgrading of primary education in rural communities supports parents and teachers and creates sustainable structures. In 2006, ICEP, together with its partner organization FUNDAP, launched a first project in Guatemala, which worked on three levels: coaching and involvement of parents in the administration of schools, further education and practical training for teachers, and a revision of teaching materials. ICEP’s Educational Upgrading methodology can be adapted to different local conditions together with competent local partners. In 2008 ICEP brought the program to Brazil for the first time, in 2009 to Nicaragua. In 2016, a first project with NRT in Kenya was prepared, and is being implemented since January 2017.


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ICEP counts on
strong local partners

CEP conceptualises and implements projects in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia, which are education-orientated and support people in discovering and developing their talents and skills. People should get the opportunity to lead a self-determined life based on their own work.

Close cooperation

In developing countries ICEP works in close cooperation with organizations that are rooted in the respective region. ICEP contributes what the local partner is lacking or is not able to offer: Specific technical and methodological expertise, financial resources as well as networks and management know-how. In general, ICEP does not assume operational tasks, but entrusts them to professional and trustworthy partner oprganisations.

Due Diligence

When selecting partners, ICEP always follows two criteria: trustworthiness and professionalism. Both are equally important for ICEP.  Each cooperation is based on trust. However, good intentions are not enough. All partners of ICEP not only have a vison for a  better future, real commitment and a sense of responsibility, but also the organisational prerequisites and the technical know-how to promote sustainable development in their region.

One of the guiding principles of our work, which may not be guarantee for impact, but at least strongly favor it, is to work as much as possible through local partner organisations. And to help our partners to excel beyond their limitations. So far we have been able to identify good and trustworthy organizations in every country, which we have developed institutionally and that are implementing excellent work.

Benedikt Metternich

ICEP development program

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