A World bank funded African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) regional workshop to ensure an effective integration of ACBF’s portfolio of projects into the “ACBF Regional Capacity Building Project” has opened in Harare, Zimbabwe.
According to Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, ACBF Executive Secretary delivered on his behalf by Ms Grace Kaimila-kanjo, Director of Corporate Affairs, the project has a Project Development Objective (PDO) to which the Foundation and its project partners need to contribute significantly towards its achievement.
“This workshop therefore seeks to familiarize all projects partners with the RIDA PDO and how to align individual project objectives with the RIDA PDO. It also hoped that while you are here, there would be opportunities for individual consultations with the relevant operational departments for any implementation difficulties that might be faced by individual projects aside from the main reason for the workshop,” Kaimila-Kanjo said.
It is reported that in December 2013, as part of the implementation of its third strategic medium-term plan (SMTP III), the ACBF signed a grant agreement with the World Bank for financing the ACBF Regional Capacity Building Project, also referred to as RIDA II Project.
The project seeks to enhance the impact and capacity development effectiveness of ACBF and also to ensure the responsibility of the Foundation’s grantees for tracking, measuring and reporting on results.
The RIDA Project is restricted in its funding with regard toThematic Areas covered. Consequently, the ACBF portfolio of projects considered under the RIDA Project needs to meet this requirement of the funding instrument.
“For all of you who are here today, the required RIDA core indicators are currently missing in the Results Measurement Frameworks (RMF) of your various projects, mainly because the projects were already active before the recent approval of the RIDA grant,” Kaimila-kanjo said.
It is reported that for the RIDA Project to be successful, it is fundamental to ensure the alignment of the expected results and indicators of the related projects in the ACBF portfolio with that of the RIDA Results Monitoring Framework.
“There is therefore a need for ACBF and concerned project partners to work closely together to comply with the RIDA results monitoring arrangement for better results. This is essentially the main purpose for this workshop,” she said.