Successful workshop design depends on a number of factors and ideally involves the facilitator working with a small planning group of resource people who have a good understanding of the local area and the targeted training group. When the time comes for designing the workshop, this planning group should already have:

• A clear understanding of the participants and their backgrounds and an awareness of their individual and collective training needs:

Who will be attending the training session: own agency staff, government officials, NGO partners, community representatives, other staff? How many people? What will be the likely educational level and typical posts of the participants? What are the likely attitudes, knowledge, and skill levels that they will bring to the subject area?

• A good understanding of the region/country in which the training is to take place. They should be aware of critical issues that affect the region and the locality and how they affect the targeted participant group.

The flowchart below outlines the specific tasks that the planning group should carry out in designing the training event: