17 August 2011 zichtbaarzijn

By Ben Haagsma

FSAS was requested by the regional ICCO office in Bukavu, to render support to the development of a new programme on Gender & Leadership in the Kivu provinces. This new programme aims to strengthen the quality of leadership by women and give them a strong voice in decision making. The rationale of this programme is to create the favorable conditions at a policy level for women to improve their position in society, still characterized by extreme gender based violence against women.
The support of FSAS focused on the result orientation of this programme or, in other words, to support the implementing organisations to answer the basic question: what will be the final situation at the end of 2014 for the improved leadership by women? What kind of change will we see then? For who, how much, what exactly, where? FSAS has been able to successfully facilitate this question with the following key results.

  1. Implementing organisations will now focus on two distinct target groups, on which they will target their activities. Firstly, a small group of potential female leaders, which will be supported in their leadership capacities and roles. Secondly, a group of key opponents, whose attitude must be changed in order to create space for more effective leadership by women. Changes for both groups are necessary and strongly interlinked.
  2. A number of final and intermediate results for this leadership development have been agreed upon.  Organisations were able to specify their results in terms of measurable and visible changes for both target groups. It became clear that the stronger they are, the better they are able to specify their results, for which they want to be held accountable. The opposite is true for weak organisations. Organisations will continue to specify these results more.
  3. It was agreed that the programme will be managed on the Result Based Management principle. Organisations will be held accountable for the realisation of results in terms of changes for both target groups. This management principle is seen as the basis for creation of ownership of the programme by all organisations: it is about ownership for changes for the target groups!
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