The workshop was the perfect experience to prepare me for the world of economic development and, more than anything, the process of monitoring and planning projects. I finished the workshop with the confidence to start using tools like the logical framework, theory of change, and network analysis as well as others. I loved being able to apply these new tools to real-world problems with true experts in the subject. The mix in each group of professionals with experience in Colombia, students of international development, and people from local organization was perfect. Each member of my group had unique ideas and each of my own ideas was put to the test. I now have a much more nuanced understanding of how project work in Colombia, including the role and functioning of the government, the different cultural attitudes that affect implementation, and a better idea of how NGOs are perceived here.
The section with Recrear opened my mind to new types of intervention and planning methods with which I did not have experience with. I learned a great deal about how to prepare surveys, ask questions in a way which avoids my personal biases influencing the answer, and how to create activities which promote empathy and creativity in a community.