Strong analytical and communication skills are particularly important in policy analysis and implementation. The policy analyst’s work in problem-solving generally proceeds in a certain direction, from defining the problem at the beginning all the way to providing recommendations and explaining options in the end, which then become input to a participatory policy formulation process.
To effectively provide input to policy formulation requires the knowledge not only of research tools but also the ability to convey messages in an appealing way, i.e. to communicate findings and recommendation to particular audiences. Many universities and colleges experience difficulties in interpreting national and international forest policies. At undergraduate and graduate levels appropriate curricula need to be developed, effective and stimulating teaching materials designed and delivery capacity strengthened to prepare students to better understand and more effectively participate in forest policy processes.
The Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE) believes that strengthening capacities in policy analysis and communication leads to the formulation of more effective forestry and agroforestry policies, which ultimately contribute to the network’s aim of improved livelihoods and sustainable natural resource management. Improving forestry policy education is one of the project themes identified for the Phase 2 implementation of SEANAFE under funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).Thus, SEANAFE has embarked on a project titled Enhancing Forestry Policy Education (EFPE) Project in collaboration with the Regional Community Forestry Training Centre (RECOFTC).
The two main objectives of the project are to:
- strengthen capacities of faculty members from at least 20 SEANAFE member institutions in teaching forest policy analysis and effective communication; and
- produce teaching materials in national languages in support of the first objective.
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