Dr Claudia Murray runs capacity building workshops in Colombia for British Council
14 March 2018
Dr Claudia Murray, from Real Estate & Planning, is in Colombia delivering a series of capacity building workshops for members of the science, technology and innovation (ST&I) network RedCTeI https://redctei.co .
The network was created last year by a team from Reading and Oxford Universities as well as the Reading based Statistics for Sustainable Development (https://stats4sd.org) a spin-off from the University of Reading.
Workshops were delivered in Bogota and attended by the British Embassy in Colombia (https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-colombia) as well as Colciencias (http://www.colciencias.gov.co) and the British Council (https://www.britishcouncil.co/en). The photo shows, from left to right: Mireya McKee; Luis Calzadilla; Oscar Gualdrón González; Juan Pablo Ladino; Andres Fernandez; Edwin Ramirez and Claudia Murray.
The workshops aim to strengthen local capacity in all regions in Colombia, and specifically enhance skills in relation to how ST&I projects are funded, how to calculate and budget projects from the perspective of the public and private sectors, analysis of risk in ST&I as well as how to best manage and organise projects activities by using techniques such as the General Adjusted Methodology.
The work is funded by the Newton-Caldas Fund (http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/about/about-partnering-countries/colombia/), the Colombian research council Colciencias under a framework contract between the British Council and the Colombian government. The delivery team is led by Dr Murray and with the support of Mireya McKee (CEO at McKee Innovations https://www.linkedin.com/in/mireyamckee/), and Colombian consultants Edwin Ramirez (currently Chevening scholar at University of Sussex https://www.linkedin.com/in/ejramirezr/) and Deisy Fernandez Espitia (https://www.linkedin.com/in/deisy-l-fernandez-e-984a4746/ ) from the National Federation of Departments, a Colombian government organisation that supports ST&I initiatives across the regions.
The team has already delivered workshops in 4 Colombian cities (Medellin, Barranquilla, Cali and Villavicencio). This week are in Bogota and Nieva. For more information please visit the network’s website: https://redctei.co (in Spanish).