The review is important in many respects. According to the Executive Director of ActionAid, Omar Badjie, it came at a time when the external context is changing rapidly; funds are dwindling, Britain has voted to leave the European Union and ActionAid International is developing a new strategy that will guide our work for the next five years. Badjie noted that meeting together as a management team will help us identify performance challenges and together see how best to operationalize and implement critical issues so as to move forward.
In the three days that followed, the management team reviewed the recommendations made in the Mid Term Report, discussed leadership and team building issues with regards programme quality improvement. These include the consolidation of data from the grassroots, stronger support for self-driven fundraising initiatives by partner agencies, building the capacities of the community based organisations that we work with and using the media in all its forms to strengthen our profile and image.
A comprehensive work plan clearly stating set timeline, milestone and required recourse to address the identified gaps was developed at the end of the retreat. “The beauty of this retreat is that the outcome will not only help us strengthen our relationships but more importantly will result in improvement of our performance”, said the Executive Director. “Individually, we make a lot of sacrifices, but by coming together, we get to know each other better and in so doing trust is built. We become stronger and more effective as a team”, Badji concluded. The work plan developed will now guide the work of ActionAid up to the end of the CSP period in 2017