SIVA Trust organized training on Logical Framework Approach to its staff members on 17th September, 2012 (Monday).  Mr. T. Selwyn, Financial Trustee was the resource person.  Totally 24 members participated in this training.  At the beginning of the training, session was started with a detailed introduction of Logical Framework Approach (LFA) with a lot of examples. He pointed out about the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), is used by the NGOs to know about the information of the village with the participation of the rural people.  The approach aims to incorporate the knowledge and opinions of rural people in the planning and management of development projects and programmes.  He explained in details about LFA i.e.  LFA is not a mechanical tool it is open set of tools for project design and management.  Its purpose is to provide a clear and rational framework for planning envisioned activities and determine how to measure a project success, while taking external factors into account.  Then he explained why the LFA is needed in the project that it is a clear and concise visual presentation of all the key components of a plan and a basis for monitoring like, how the project will work, what it is going to achieve, what factors relate to its success and how progress will be measured.  It ensures the relevance, feasibility and sustainability of the project and it also helps to identify measurements, indicators of the project and its achievements.  He further added the characteristics that are participatory / ownership method, team building, transparency, focusing logical method, impact oriented and visionary etc…

Then he explained in detail about the benefits and steps of LFA as follows:

Benefits of LFA:

  1. A structured project design process
  2. Transparency
  3. Participation
  4. A consistent Project strategy
  5. Flexibility
  6. Sensitive tool


Steps of LFA:

  1. Analysis of Project contexts;
  2. Analysis of Stake holders;
  3. Analysis of problems / situations;
  4. Prioritizing the problems
  5. Analysis of objectives;

The above 4 steps only were taught on the training session.  Then the staffs were instructed to form 4 groups and asked to list out the problems of the target villages.  So they could discuss among themselves and gave a presentation on the problems among the villages.  Then he shared about the Stake holder Analysis.  In that he explained about the Stakeholders (also includes, beneficiaries, implementers and financing agent) and mapping of stakeholders like primary and secondary.

Then the staff members were asked to prepare a problem tree.  In that they were asked to find the root of problems by asking question ‘why’ and also find the causes of problems by asking ‘what’.  He noticed that the causes of the problem shall be “tackled” through activities within the framework of the project in order to solve the problem in a sustainable way.

Next session will be taken soon…