The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday celebrated the successful completion of a five-year program to improve organizational development for Rwandan civil society organizations and select Government of Rwanda institutions. The program, called the Human and Institutional Capacity Development Project in Rwanda (HICD/R), invested Rwf12.4 billion in institutional capacity building and provided training for over 1,747 Rwandan citizens. The event was held at the Kigali Marriott Hotel.
“This USAID-funded program was an incredible success. Our underlying goal was to help Rwandan institutions fulfill their mandates and provide the highest level of service, and we can proudly announce that we achieved this goal,” said USAID Mission Director Jason Fraser.
Over the life of the five-year project, HICD/R conducted over 170 training sessions, and supported the foundation of a community of practice devoted to professionals interested in the field of performance improvement. HICD/R aided 11 civil society organizations working in the fields of agriculture, health, education, and reconciliation, and four Government of Rwanda institutions: the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), the Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB), the Rwanda Management Institute (RMI), and the National Women’s Council (NWC).
For these organizations HICD/R provided training on the best ways to ensure quality services, obtain funding, develop long-term strategies, and collect and analyze accurate data. As a result, the organizations now have improved financial management, leadership, strategic and monitoring and evaluations plans, and human resource and governance standards to better deliver important services to Rwandans.
The closing celebration included reflections on what the project meant to participants, a cultural performance, and a multi-media highlight of the program. USAID presented certificates of completion to the institutions who partnered with the project, to celebrate the transformation of their workplaces through implementing various performance improvement initiatives.
The Government of Rwanda has embraced performance improvement by charging Permanent Secretaries, Director Generals and other senior level government officials with championing performance improvement methods as part of Rwanda’s development agenda. Today, Rwanda is quickly becoming a hub for performance improvement technologies in Africa. As part of HICD/R’s contribution, Rwanda now boasts the continent’s highest concentration of Certified Performance Technologists—a professional credential of the International Society for Performance Improvement—a sign of the growing interest for performance improvement in the country.