The second wave of COVID confirms that it is imperative for any business that wishes to continue to exist and produce results to use digitalization. At STRATEGIES! thanks to the various solutions offered by technology, we will continue in 2021 as in 2020 to conduct most of our workshops online. Our partners before COVID, remain our partners during COVID. We look forward to continuing to work with GIZ, KPCSC and the ICGLR, to contribute on issues such as digitization of governance, advocacy for the rights of communities affected by diamond mining, fiscal decentralization, public sector reforms and more. Here are some excerpts from the workshops in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.
Annual planning of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and training on distance work
Our journey with the ICGLR started in 2008, as part of the technical assistance that GIZ provides to this institution. A new phase of this project is underway since 2020 and will end in 2022. The objective is to strengthen the governance of the ICGLR so that it can fulfil its various missions and to provide organizational development support to the Peace and Security Programme and the Technical Unit on Natural Resource Management. Within this framework, we implemented a series of activities, including the facilitation of an annual planning workshop (both virtual and face-to-face) with over 50 participants from 8 countries. This workshop was an opportunity to evaluate the previous year (achievements and challenges of the teams), to identify opportunities in the environment and to develop an action plan for the year 2021.
STRATEGIES! also provided training on distance work to members of the ICGLR Regional Training Facility, which is specialized in gender-based sexual violence issues. The modules covered highlighted methods and tools that can help this Kampala-based team to better organize themselves while teleworking and to hold effective meetings with colleagues and partners.
Annual planning for the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC)
Since 2017, STRATEGIES! has been supporting the KPCSC in its organizational development and strategic work in the area of diamond trade governance within the Kimberley Process. In February 2021, we assisted this coalition in its annual planning, for the first time from a distance. KPCSC members come from eight African diamond producing countries and one European diamond trading country. It is always a privilege for our firm to work with the coalition as its members do extraordinary work at the national, regional and international levels to promote the interests of communities affected by diamond mining. The KPCSC continues to raise the alarm about the human rights abuses faced by the communities that produce these diamonds https://www.kpcivilsociety.org/we-need-to-talk-about-diamonds/
Exchange Workshop on the Digitalisation of the Ghanaian Justice System
In March 2021, we moderated an exchange workshop within in the framework of the GIZ project “Promotion of the Rule of Law and Justice”. During two stimulating days, Ghanaian Judges and German Experts shared their experience on the digitalization of the judicial system in Germany and Ghana. Exchanging ideas, experience and processes, the discussion was so fascinating. Despite some challenges with the internet connection, the participants learned, inspired each other, and laid the foundation for future cooperation.
Workshop to start a partnership with the Port Autonome de Lomé
Within the framework of the GIZ “Economic and Sustainable Development” project in Togo, STRATEGIES! moderated the start-up workshop of the partnership with the Port Autonome de Lomé -Togo on the 18th of March 2021. This working session enabled the participants to identify the priorities and expectations of the Togolese partners, in order to define potential areas of cooperation with maritime experts in Hamburg-Germany.
In order to remain a reliable partner to our clients, COVID obliges STRATEGIES! to activate the lever of proactivity more than ever. In 2021, we have been able to anticipate the consequences of this pandemic on our business and have acquired the necessary skills to deliver our services remotely. In 2021, we are adapting to the importance that digitalization will have for our business in the long term. New tools, new processes, new skills and attitudes. Learning is constant and we continue to overcome the challenge to adapt to our environment to remain “the reference in leadership and management!”