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An important component of the Adapting to Change Program consists of collaboration with regionally-based partner institutions. These are selected in view of their potential to adapt the core program learning materials to local needs, and to achieve ‘multiplier effects’ in locally-based training. This is a critical part of the program insofar as it aims to ‘regionalize’ the learning materials and help build centers of excellence in developing parts of the world.

Following you will find documents from three of the regional training events that have already occurred. Most of the documents are in PDF and downloadable using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Previous events include:

Dhaka Conference

The Dhaka Conference addressed important issues such as Asia's population growth rates and the related increases in resources for feeding, clothing, and housing this population. The conference also addressed issues such as increased urbanization and pollution, plus rising pressure on the environment and natural resources in developing countries in Asia.

Costing Conference

The costing conference dealt with costs of reproductive health services around the globe.

Nairobi Conference

The Adapting to Change Program held an international workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by the World Bank's Economic Development Institute from 21-25 September, 1998.  Please browse through the Nairobi section for more background information.

Cairo Adapting to Change: Distance Learning Overview Module on Population, Reproductive Health and Health Sector Reform

The first module of the "Adapting to Change" Core Course will be delivered in close cooperation with the Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University of Cairo (AUC) from 14 to 23 May 2000 in Cairo, Egypt. The module, adapted from a five-day face-toface training, will be delivered as an eight-day distance learning event integrated into the SRC three-month training program on Research Methods for Policy Formulation and Evaluation. The SRC program has a special focus on population and reproductive health concerns in the Arab countries and is offered for the first time in April-June 2000.

Gender, Health and Poverty

Gender, Health and Poverty/Anglophone Africa While gender and poverty are known to be linked to health outcomes, the connections among them are not always well understood. For a country to effectively promote human development, policy makers must take into account the reality of asymmetrical relationships between men and women in society. These include gender bias in how men's and women's contributions to society are perceived; the structural roles of men and women in the formal economy; women's roles in the informal sector, and the contributions made by the informal sector to health and health care. A greater awareness of these issues can help policy makers in designing and developing gender sensitive poverty reduction policies and programs related to health. The Adapting to Change Learning Program is launching an eight week distance learning (DL) course aimed at high level officials and policy makers working in national governments, local and international NGOs, international agencies, and at academic institutions. The DL course will be offered once a week and will use material relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa. The first course will be offered in Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania between January and March 2001 and will be available in others regions of Africa in the future. For more information please contact Marguerite Monnet at or Marilyn Lauglo at

Training of Trainers Workshop for Francophone Core Course

The Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop for the Francophone Core Course on Population, Reproductive Health and Health Sector Reform was held the 26-30 June in Mbour and Dakar, Senegal. This five day workshop, conducted in French, brought together 35 participants from 10 countries. Participants and resource persons spent the week discussing the latest findings in population, reproductive health and health sector reform issues while simultaneously exploring the best possible training methodologies to be used for sharing this knowledge during the Francophone Core Course. One of the highlights of the ToT was a special presentation by Dr. Souleyman Mboup, one of the co-discoverers of the HIV-2 on the spread of the HIV/AIDS globally and specifically in Africa. The Francophone Core Course will be held from 22 January – 2 February in Dakar, Senegal. This course is being organized in collaboration with the Francophone Network of African Partners in Population and Reproductive Health, led by the Center for African Family Studies (CAFS). If you would like information on this course or to be considered as an applicant please contact Mamadou Dicko, CAFS, Togo mdicko@cefa.café.tg or Caroline Zwicker, World Bank Institute at