Gilbert Beyamba via web
On April 21st, Reach A Hand, Uganda together with Double Loop had a fruitful learning and exchange meeting with the RAHU SRHR Youth Fund project beneficiary organizations namely Child Awake Initiative Africa (CHAIN Africa), Care and Empowerment Of Vulnerable in Action(CAEVA), +256 Youth Platform, Real Agency for Community Development (RACD) and Kyuka Youth Outreach at Sir Jose Hotel in Ggaba, Kampala.
The exchange meeting was aimed at reflecting on the 2 years’ of the fund highlighting the achievements, challenges, improvements and devising ways forward among the partner organizations through sharing experiences for their growth and development.
The meeting was sparked off on a vibrant note under the stewardship of Maureen Andinda, the Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Manager at RAHU. All the organizations presented their overall work progress, achievements and challenges. They were followed by a presentation from Janet Kukundakwe a finance officer at RAHU who commended the attendees on their improvements in financial reporting. However she pointed out places that needed improvement especially in continued resource mobilization and reporting when it comes to diverting money.
A powerful presentation from Anneke Maarse from Double Loop followed. She discussed a detailed report of the results from both the baseline and endline surveys with statistical data highlighting areas of achievement and those that require more emphasis. The data focused on the attitudes, knowledge and behavioral change to assess the work done from the RAHU SRHR youth fund by the different implementing partners in the community.
She encouraged the participants to use the available statistical data in drafting relevant proposals. Her presentation was then complemented by Bakshi Asuman, programs manager at RAHU who explained how the statistical data from both the endline and baseline survey can be used in programming SRHR activities as it shows the areas that need be focused on. The data can also be in advocating and fundraising for SRHR affecting young people in our communities backed by the data.
Based on the final organizational visits made in March 2017, Mujuni Vincent from Double Loop, using a spider diagram, gave an in depth analyses of the five CBOs before the grant and their current look to elaborate each individual organization’s progress, strengths and areas to be improved . He emphasised five key capabilities every organization should have to function effectively and efficiently that is; Being, Doing, Relating, Learning and Balancing.
According to Vincent, one can interact better with the different work environments when they understand who they are and what they stand for(being), fulfill the development goals they subscribe to(doing), know how are you are positioned as an organization to relate with others (Relating), be consistent regardless of the changing environments(balancing) adapt to change and remain relevant as an organization (Learning).
The organizations were then tasked to share with the team some of the things they have learnt under the RAHU Youth Fund that they would like to keep using in their organizations and how they plan to maintain them to benefit their organizations. These included; thorough report writing, documentation, good governance, being accountable and transparent, having terms of reference, being professional among others.
The day was then crowned off by the program manager at RAHU Bakshi Asuman Khan who challenged the participants to double their efforts and to keep supporting one another in promoting SRHR and empowering young people to make health and informed choices.
The growth of each of the organizations throughout the 2-year partnership with RAHU is undeniable and we strive to continue empowering youth led organizations across Uganda to reach as many young people as possible.