Devolution ministry and EU roll out county trainingKSG-admin
By Gabriel Odhyambo
In the advent of devol ution, pr oje ct implementation shifted to the grass root level.
Evidently , the national government disperses economic resources to the counties which spearhead county-based development projects to far flung areas of the country.
This has necessitated county governments to learn about proper project cycle management. To this end, the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs (Arid and Semi – Arid Lands) has brought together a number of partners to assist develop capacity in the counties.
A number of capacity building programs have been lined up to fill the gaps identified through training needs assessments.
The Director in charge of Capacity Building at the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, Dr. Samuel Jesse, says that Project Cycle Management (PCM) is one such program which addresses the complexities of a project through all of its phases, while maintaining alignment with the strategy and objectives agreed upon by stakeholders at the onset.
Dr. Jesse made these remarks when he presided over a closing ceremony for a Project Cycle Management Course for county project managers sponsored by the European Union at the School in Mombasa Campus.
According to him, PCM helps with structuring and determining the phases of the project, and how those phases look and how to approach tasks in those phases. It also assists in planning and review, he adds, and can be used when managing multiple projects at the same time.
The training informed the participants the project cycle management which is broken into five phases: Programming, Identification, Formulation, Implementation, as well as Evaluation and Audit.
Project Cycle Management, therefore, helps projects stay supportive of the policy objectives of the organization that initiated them. It also helps projects stay relevant to the strategy that had been agreed upon, along with the needs of stakeholders and customers.
In addition, PCM also ensures that the project remains feasible. Through cycle management, projects are protected from wasting valuable resources by deciding if they can be realistically achieved and are worthwhile before execution, as well as identifying if the benefits of the project are sustainable.
Dr. Jesse expressed his gratitude to the European Union for supporting devolution and challenged the participants to cascade the skills acquired to ensure that they are utilized to revolutionize how projects are managed.
“We cannot operate in silos or keep skills to ourselves and succeed. We must work as a team,” said Dr. Jesse, adding, “When you go back to your counties, please let us see a difference. This will definitely translate into improved performance and service delivery. That is the only way we can show value for the resources spent on this training and ensure we have sustainable and feasible projects,” he advised.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Mombasa Campus, Dr. Tom Wanyama, who noted that the knowledge acquired will only be important when turned into solutions to the problems and challenges encountered before.
“Let us go and apply the much we have learnt to bring value addition in the services we offer to the people,” he said.
The Director assured the team of the support of the School pointing out that KSG was established to build the capacity of the public servants to deliver on their mandate and therefore the School belongs to them.
“This School belongs to you and you can always count on us whenever you need any skills or competencies to improve your efficiency in service delivery,” said Dr. Wanyama.