Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

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.

AMwA Staff at the M & E Training in AMwA Board Room, April 2016

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;

  • An output does not depend on time as perceived by many, it may take a long period of time therefore you cannot use time to differentiate an output from an outcome e.g. the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Bill in Uganda would be an output of the women’s struggle for a comprehensive law on marriage that will have taken over 40 years to be realized.
  • Integration of Monitoring and Evaluation is not a technical issue as perceived by many organizations but rather a value based issue as it seeks to address the commitment, impact and strategic relevance of organizations.
  • Organizations need to move away from conducting M&E for donors and other stakeholders and re-orient themselves to focus M&E for the benefit of the organization.
  • All projects need to always have a baseline survey conducted as it’s based on this that you are able to measure your performance indicators. “ Its dirty work to measure a project without a baseline”
  • Integrate Key Performance Indicators and results into staff Job Descriptions and/ or agreements
  • Organizations need to segment their audience and appreciate how to best report to different stakeholders taking into account their audience’s interests and not necessarily their own interest. “One size fits all does not work in knowledge management”
  • Sustainability is not about sustaining the output of a given process but rather the outcome.
    Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe illustrating  a problem during the session on financial Monitoring
    Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe illustrating a problem during the session on financial Monitoring

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.

Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe, Program Officer AMwA
The ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum convened the second General Assembly from 7th to 9th in Dar es-Salaam Tanzania.The Assembly was aimed at constituting the new leadership of the Forum for the next two years. It was attended by Civil Society Organisation delegation from the 8 countries of Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The meeting also brought together representatives from the development partners, ICGLR secretariat, Levy Mwanawasa Democracy and good Governance Centre, National Coordinators from member states and government representatives from the Republic of Tanzania that hosted the meeting.               

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. 

PRESS STATEMENT

     For immediate release -

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

December 2015

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:

  1. Resumption of inclusive Inter- Burundian Dialogue to explore ALL options to return Burundi to normalcy, placing Burundian citizens at the heart of the dialogue. We call on ALL regional and international bodies, including the EAC, AU, EU, UN and others to make this dialogue a priority.
  2. We call on the government of Burundi, regional and International community to implement their responsibility to protect the citizens of Burundi. The duty to prevent mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State.
  3. We call upon the ICGLR Heads of State and Government Summit due in January 2016 to schedule a special session to discuss the issue of Constitutionalism. The region’s future will be better secured under strong institutions and practices grounded in the principles of Constitutional Convergence enshrined in the ICGRL Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
  4. There is need for a continuous monitoring of the situation in Burundi, with the goal of bringing to account ALL those involved in perpetrating crimes against the Burundian people, regardless of political persuasion, ethnic extraction, or station in life.

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.

Signed:

Interim Regional Coordination Committee