With support from Amplify for Change, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) held a two day in-house training on Monitoring and Evaluation from 14th -15th of April, 2016 for her staff. The training is part of the organization’s strategy to strengthen staff’s capacity to develop and use monitoring and evaluation tools for project implementation as well overall organizational development.
The training facilitated by Mr. Patrick Tumusiime (Individual Consultant)was quite intensive given the fact that there were number of topical issues that had to be covered in a very short period of time.
The training which was mostly practical and experienced based entailed sessions on definitions of key M& E terminologies, appreciation of the need for monitoring and evaluation, key M& E questions(Are we doing what we set out to do?, Are we making a difference?, Are we strategically relevant?). The training also entailed discussions on developing log frames, SMART Goals, Outcomes, Outputs, and indicators, effective reporting, communication, financial monitoring and its relevance, and mapping of the barriers of M&E at AMwA.
Some of the key learnings from the training included;
Overall the 2 day training was a great opportunity for AMwA staff to appreciate the relevance of M&E and reflect on how to best integrate it into the organization especially at such a critical time when AMwA is crafting a new strategic plan 2017-2021.
AMwA's member of staff Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe who led the Uganda delegation was elected the Regional Secretary of the Regional Civil Society Forum. AMwA has previously served as a vice chair of cross-cutting issues one of the ICGLR thematic areas a position that AMwA effectively utilized providing leadership through mobilization, coordination and support for civil society members from all member states of the great lakes region to effectively participate and influence at different foras. This is firmly demonstrated by the the 2011 Special summit of Heads of States and government of the Great Lakes Region on Zero Tolerance on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), whose 80% content is contribution of Civil Society.
AMwA has continued to play a critical role in the Great Lakes region including resource mobilization for CSO work, capacity development for civil society members from the region especially women to enable them take part in peace negotiation and decision making processes thus ensuring cohesion of society voice at different spaces. Cognizant of the role AMwA continues to play in the region and achievements the Regional Civil Society registered greatly contributed to the successful election of Uganda (Represented by an AMwA Staff) in a lead position ahead of Kenya.
Responsibilities of the new task of the secretary will include among others, supporting the Regional Civil Society Chair in ensuring smooth functioning of the bureaus and the secretariat. In addition, she will be an information and reference point for the Regional Civil Society Forum. There is no doubt that AMwA will fully utilize her new position and build on the previous experience to step up the Civil Society engagement in the region.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Civil Society calls for immediate resumption of inclusive dialogue on the Burundi situation
We, the Interim Regional Coordination Committee of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s Civil Society Forum, are deeply concerned with the deteriorating situation in Burundi. Many lives have been lost and hundred others displaced due to the ongoing predicament, causing unprecedented refugee crisis.
As the Regional Civil Society Forum, we recall the agreements espoused by Member States in the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development and Peace and Security cooperation framework for the DRC and the region that enjoins Member States to promote sustainable peace and development.
We therefore wish to state as follows:
In conclusion, we urge for a serious relook at the Burundi situation and hope that the region can take measures that are in line with the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development and Peace Security Cooperation frameworks.
Interim Regional Coordination Committee