Shared by Dr Rudo Grace Gwata-Charamba
Recently, Catholic University of Zimbabwe Research Board convened the town-hall dialogue on how Results Based Management (RBM) approach could support Development Projects and programmes to actualize results. This critical topic in the public sector and development was initiated by Dr Rudo Grace Gwata-Charamba in collaboration with the Research Board, chaired by Doctor Aaron Rwodzi. This public engagement event was attended by 120 attendees, included members of the University management team, lecturers, as well as those from other tertiary institutions, students, businesspeople, management and staff from the Zimbabwe Public Service, NGOs as well members of the public.
The experience shows that the public, development actors and those who are involved in public policies had limited familiarity with RBM. Thus, the dialogue first and foremost intended to raise awareness on the results-based management in line with public management, by highlighting its linkage with public services and advantages over traditional management approaches to development projects. Further, the dialogue linked RBM with project circle. For RBM to help any development plan to achieve results, it should be incorporated in all planning, executing, monitoring and reporting on a project.
The outcome of this dialogue showed hopes and concerns. While participants developed great interests and the possibility of RBM implementing public policies, there were also concerns. Why such a great approach is not fully institutionalized in Zimbabwe? Given the nature of challenges in the socioeconomic environment, how likely the implementation of RBM is possible in Zimbabwe?
Going forward, Chairperson of the Bachelor of Business Management and Information Technology (BBMIT) revealed the desire of the Catholic University of Zimbabwe to begin a process of expanding its Project Management course to fully incorporate the concept of RBM. Participants were able to engage in serious issues and provided ideas on how to improve future public dialogues.