AfCoP Letter – May 2019

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Africa Community of Practices (AfCoP)

We have a new blog. The blog is our interim solution to share information among AfCoP members as the AfCoP website gets a facelift. The blog is available in both English and French. Key stories emerging from the 2019 AfCoP General Assembly have been shared there. Please feel free to share with your network and to comment on each story.

To access the blog, please click on the link.

Please keep AfCoP informed and updated by sending us short stories on MfDR from your area.  If you want to initiate a dialogue in any topic related to MfDR, please send an email to m.muthu@acbf-pact.org.

AfCoP on the move!!

AfCoP took part in the 6th Africa Think Tank Summit, held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre from 24-26 April 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.  The theme of the summit was “Tackling Implementation Challenges for Africa’s Sustainable Development”.

The 6th Africa Think Tank Summit convened at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre to discuss “Tackling Implementation Challenges for Africa’s Sustainable Development

Represented by its Treasurer, Ms. Aimtonga Amani, AfCoP contributed to the forum through various discussions, sessions and side events. To a great extent, the contribution of AfCoP to this forum was guided by the AfCoP Mission on developing and promoting a results-based culture in Africa in order to improve the lives of Africans through the MfDR approach. The MfDR approach is a process of change management with one of its main objectives being to strengthen the capacities of the stakeholders involved in the development process.

Ms. Amani was also a panelist for the panel discussion themed ‘’Building the capacities at the level of implementers at the front lines’. The panel discussion was constructed along the facts that, while policies are set at the strategic level, “street-level” bureaucrats are in charge of the day-to-day decisions and actions for the effective implementation of policies and programs. The discussions were guided by four key questions: (i) what type of capacities do implementers at the front lines need to ensure that they understand and pursue the objectives of the policies set at the strategic level?  (ii) what does it mean to be left behind in different contexts? (iii) what capacities do implementers need to ensure that no one is left behind? and (iv) what are the reforms public officials need to implement to ensure that those being left behind have appropriate access to quality services?

The panel discussion and the entire forum provided strategic avenue for AfCoP to elaborate on its course, building on past experiences and achievements on MfDR at regional and country levels. The panel discussion also provided an avenue for AfCoP to promote and share its 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and core interventions in the context of the Sustainable Development and African Union 2063 Agenda.

Some of AfCoP’s main benefits from participating in the forum include:

  • Networking with strategic partners and like-minded institutions. Outputs from such networking included a Concept Note being submitted to a potential partner on the theme ‘Gender for Results’ and discussions on a potential collaboration with a like-minded Pan-African capacity building alliance;
  • Sharing AfCoP’s vision to become the premier Pan-African and multi-stakeholder institution in managing for development results with delegates from African think tanks, development partners and other stakeholders present at the forum.

Moving forward, AfCoP remains committed to collaborating with all stakeholders, including the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)–the specialized Agency of the African Union for capacity development–to build capacity on MfDR, and generate knowledge for development results in the implementation of policies and programs in Africa. 

Upcoming Event – Change of Date

African MfDR Forum initially planned for June 2019 in Dakar, Senegal has been postponed to the second half of October 2019. Please adjust the activities in your calendar accordingly.

Opportunities[i]

Youth for Results Corner

There is a call for application for the IUCEA-World Bank Masters Fellowships for 2019-20. The fellowship program targets the participation of young African female students at postgraduate level to promote regional female student mobility. The fully funded fellowships are open to female candidates from the following participating countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Deadline for application is 30 June 2019. For more information, please click here.

Please apply and/or share with colleagues, families and friends.

 

For AfCoP Members

The OECD/DAC Results Community (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee) invites the members of AfCoP to participate in a web-based consultation on the Guiding Principles on Managing for Sustainable Development Results (MfSDR). Your participation will contribute to the new principles, aiming to guide development stakeholders in setting-up or refining results-based management approaches that are fit for Agenda 2030. They will also help to support institutional change and promote a culture of results.  The dialogue is scheduled from 6-24 May. Please click here to join the discussion.

We are always happy to hear from you. To share AfCoP-related news or for more information, please contact:

 

Madvee MUTHU (m.muthu@acbf-pact.org)

Knowledge Management Expert

Knowledge & Learning, The African Capacity Building Foundation

  

[i] Declaimer: Please note that ‘Opportunities’ are shared to AfCoP members as a courtesy. Unless explicitly stipulated, ACBF is not involved in any part of the recruitment process. Any enquiry should be addressed directly to the job promoter.