Training Material


A key function for an advisory service like Wahenga is training and capacity building; training and capacity building is always highlighted in our clients' reviews as a need and it is invariably included in Wahenga’s assignments. Some of the materials used or developed by Wahenga team members are presented in this section.

To accomodate these needs in a more structured fashion, we have devised a complete programme that clients can subscribe to, called the The Wahenga Academy. The prospectus can be obtained here and we are actively pursuing accreditation for these courses so that the advantages for partcipants are visible and useful.

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Course 1: Baselines Assessments

The files below are a taken from the module on baselines assessment that uses the approach with purposive sampling and focus-group interviews (often called, misleadingly, a "qualitative approach"). These materials were originally authored by experts from the Food Economy Approach and Save the Children, under the Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (which was funded by DFID). They have proven extremely useful in preparing practitioners for baselines assessments field work. This course normally takes two full weeks to complete.

Session 0 - Practitioner Training - Introduction

    ... Planning & Preparation - Module Introduction

    ... Planning & Preparation - What You Need to Know

Session 1 - Vulnerability & Food Security Assessment: Basic Concepts

    ... Facilitator Notes - Vulnerability and Food Security Assessment

Session 2 - Introduction to Livelihoods & Livelihood Security

    ... Facilitator Notes - Introduction to Livelihoods

Session 3 - Overview of the HEA Framework

Session 4 - Introduction to the Field Process

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 5 - Ensuring High Quality Field Information

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 6 - The Livelihoods Field Handbook

    ... Facilitator Notes - The Livelihoods Field Handbook

    ... The Livelihoods Field Handbook

Session 7 - Livelihood Zoning

    ... Facilitator Notes - Livelihood Zoning

Session 8 - Market Assessment

    ... Facilitator Notes - Market Assessment

Session 9 - The Reference Year

    ... Facilitator Notes - The Reference Year

Session 10 - Seasonal Calendars

    ... Facilitator Notes - Seasonal Calendars

Session 11 - Wealth Breakdowns

    ... Facilitator Notes - Wealth Breakdowns

Session 12 - Livelihood Strategies (Food/Income/Expenditure)

    ... Facilitator Notes - Baseline Livelihood Strategies

Session 13 - Introduction to Kilocalorie Calculations

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 14 - Central Southern Upland Crops and Livestock Exercise

    ... Facilitator Notes - CSU Exercise

    Wrap Up on CSU Exercise

Session 15 - Coping Strategies

    ... Facilitator Notes - Coping Strategies

Session 16 - Household Representative Interviews

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 17 - Review of Field Forms

    ... Facilitator Notes - Review of Field Forms

    ... Handout 1 - Interview Form 1 - Zone or District Key Informant Interview

    ... Handout 2 - Interview Form 2 - Market Visit and Trader Interview Format

    ... Handout 3 - Interview Form 3 - Community Level Interview Format

    ... Handout 4 - Interview Form 4 - Wealth Group Interview Format

Session 18 - Field Testing and Interview Practice

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 19 - Storing Baseline Information

    ... Facilitator Notes - Storing Baseline Information

Session 20 - Analysing Baseline Information

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 21 - Agricultural Economies

    ... Facilitator Notes

Session 22 - Non-Food Needs Baseline Information

    ... Facilitator Notes - Non-Food Needs

    ... Handout 1 - Non-Food Needs Form (Long)

    ... Handout 2 - Non-Food Needs Form (Short)

Session 23 - Incorporating Secondary Source Information

    ... Facilitator Notes

This module is designed to follow on from the Field Team Practtitoners' module above, but it covers more advanced material that needs to be known by Field team Leaders and practtioners who want to organise their own assesments. It covers material on planing assessments, options for the conducting interviews more effectively, organising data and much more detailed use of the Baseline Spreadsheets. As such, it ventures into managing the analysis and developing good solid reliable baselines.

Session 0 - Practitioner Training - Introduction

   ... Planning & Preparation - Module Introduction

    ... Planning & Preparation - What You Need to Know

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8

Session 9

Session 10


Course 2: Outcome and Forecast Assessment

Mapping used to be the specialised domain of highly skilled cartographers, confined to a handful of government agencies and research or academic institutions. Then, the advent of modern computing extended the possibilities to enterprises and government departments, as propietary software was developed and deployed. Still the preserve of specialised techies (often buried deep in a corner of the organisation), maps weren't for everybody. Now, with the advent of Open Source Mapping software, anyone can add high quality maps to their work - an VA practitoners need to able to do as well. QGIS to the rescue!

Introduction to QGIS for VA Practitioners

   ... Map Data for QGIS Tutorial

   ... The Working Files You Use to do the Tutorial

   ... The Solution Files (Yours Should Look Very Similar) 

Course 3: Training the Leaders and Training the Trainers