World Bank funded ACBF project results measurement regional workshop opens in Harare

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.

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