Supporting the delivery of results-oriented programmes for children

UNICEF The Gambia, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs train 21 government workers on Results-Based Management, strategies to effectively deliver results for children

Abdoulie Sey
A screengrab of RBM training for government workers
08 October 2020

All children deserve every right and all development programmes should be results-oriented with children at their center. Delivering these results requires more than just commitment, but also the skillset, proper planning and effective delivery of programmes. A key priority for UNICEF in The Gambia is to support a strong and child-sensitive programme delivery mechanism across all the social sectors.

It is against this backdrop that UNICEF The Gambia and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs rolled out a training for 21 government workers on Results-Based Management (RBM), during the month of September. The virtual training focused on strategies to effectively deliver results for children through evidence-based planning and delivery in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2021.

“At UNICEF, we are very conscious of the enormous opportunities that a strong and integrated child protection and development system presents for all children,” said Gordon Jonathan Lewis, UNICEF The Gambia Representative. “That is why we partnered with the government to build the capacity of both public servants and civil society actors on a management system that focuses on tangible results based on evidence. It is a well-proven system widely used in the United Nations system that identifies problems and bottlenecks and the solutions and innovations to unblock them.”

RBM is a tool used in monitoring and managing programmes to ensure that all available resources continue to support the planned results and, in so doing, it seeks to guarantee that the resources used are reflected in the output of the work.

“The fact is RBM does not only support efficiency and effectiveness of programmes, but it also ensures accountability for resources used in these programmes,” the UNICEF Representative added. “To ensure programmes meant for children and their families have the desired impact, we must use evidence in planning and follow a results-chain in the implementation.”

The workshop set the stage for government and stakeholders to strengthen results-oriented programmes and a culture of results-based management in their work, and serves as a critical input for the development of the new country programme between the Government of The Gambia and UNICEF for the period 2022-2026.

“The Gambia is still experiencing capacity challenges especially in the formulation and management of socio-economic policies and programmes,” said Buah Saidy, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. “Thus, addressing these challenges requires continuous capacity building initiatives of which this training is a part.”