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SubjectDevelopment in Africa
Date of Publication2016013
PublisherAfrican Community of Practice on Management for Development result at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Number of Pages14 pages
Geographical CoverageRwanda
KeywordsRapid Result Approach (RRA), Project Implementation
AbstractThis knowledge product presents a case study about Rwanda’s experience on implementing Rapid Result Approach (RRA). The objective is to share knowledge among the Africa Community of Practice Members (AfCoP) in efforts to advace result agenda in Africa. The study was based on documentary survey and analysis. Findings show that the RRA developed by Schaffer Consulting, has been used to transform service delivery and decentralized development initiatives in several countries in Africa. In the aftermath of the genocide, Rwanda sought an approach which could hasten behaviour change within the public service and economic recovery for political and social stability. It learnt about the RRA from Kenya and Madagascar experinces, then launched it in one of the areas with the highest rates of poverty in the country. After a few months, big improvements were recorded in the areas of health, adult literacy, assets acquisition and wealth creation. In this paper, Rwanda’s success is attributed to the commitment for results by top leadership, the existence of a robust and implementable policy framework, readiness to learn and creation of a learning environment, recognition and use of local resources, skills, information systems and institutions and eagerness of the targeted groups to embrace change. Based on these findings, the paper recommends to institutions playing key roles in Africa’s capacity development like the World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDB), and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to support comparative studies on how the approach worked, where and with what results and why some countries benefited from it more than others. It also recommends to such institutions to establish partnership between the RRI and some of the African institutes dealing with project development and management such as East and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAEMI), The Microeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI), The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) or any higher education partner of the ACBF for capacity building and support to train trainers in African tertiary education institutions and popularize and institutionalize the use of RRA. Moreover, there is need for African regional economic communities to explore alternative approaches to project implementation and facilitate exchanges of experiences within and across Africa.
Copyright HolderAfrican Community of Practice (AfCoP)
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