Below are some of the methodologies systematically applied by UNITAR to all its training activities.
1. Training of Trainers (ToT)
In order to expand the impact of its training, UNITAR HO gives increasing importance to incorporating Training of Trainers (ToT) aspects in all its activities. At the end of each workshop, selected participants are invited as potential trainers, to submit proposals for events in their country/sub-region; UNITAR assists in their project planning and implementation. The UNITAR Fellowship for Afghanistan for example incorporated ToT by appointing selected participants of the 1st cycle as coaches of the 2nd cycle, and some coaches as resource persons.
2. Distance learning and new training methodologies
The Fellowship for Afghanistan employs distance learning tools through audio-web and video conferencing, computer lab sessions, chat and internet forums. Video conferences connect participants and mentors at 10 locations around the world, providing a highly cost-effective training tool. UNITAR is seeking to replicate the techniques used in the Fellowship for Afghanistan in other initiatives.
3. Application of Knowledge Management techniques
New training methodologies, such as After-Action-Reviews (AAR) and Self-Assessments, are being increasingly included in current and future workshops. The methodologies gained will be further refined and adapted to the cultural/factual specificities of the region surrounding the Hiroshima Office.
4. Project development support and monitoring
The Fellowship for Afghanistan is a prime example of project development support and monitoring. The Fellowship provides intensive and long-term support to a large group from a single country, which differs somewhat from other UNITAR projects. In the context of their training, Fellows are requested to create and implement a project document. Some tangible outcomes of their projects are reported from Afghanistan.