Ecumenical Service for Peace Strategizing for efficiency
A two days strategic planning workshop held in January 16 and 17 2020 at the Martin Luther King Meeting hall of the Norbert Kenne Memorial Peace House, headquarters of the organisation in Yaounde.
The workshop, which was facilitated by Joseph Desire Zebaze (consultant), registered fourteen (14) participants. Ten (10) out of the workshop participants were members of other organisations. Partners to SeP were also invited on the basis of their expertise and ability to inspire the discussions. The director of SeP in his opening speech presented the present socio-economic and political context of Cameroon and highlighted what SeP has done so far in peacebuilding and made mention of the urgent need for the organisation to define its new strategic direction.
The consultant got into the workshop proper as he began with a strategic scan of the organisation. This was followed by the proposals of strategic choices, the identification of strategic axis and identification of projects and activities. All these sessions were highly interactive and productive with concrete proposals made.
The facilitator saw SeP as a proactive organisation with a glorious past (1998-2007). Since the organisation is in a revamping process, it is important to take into consideration the mistakes of the past to construct a better future as far as internal governance is concern. In addition, the organisation should create a think tank, which will be constituted of former staff members who, for most of them work in either national or international organisations. They could provide technical support as a result of their rich backgrounds and experiences.He ended up by saying that a proper monitoring and evaluation tool could make more impact if future activities are properly implemented.
To end the workshop, the Director of SePwas satisfied with the work done, and promised that the final document was to be developed by the consultant He also appreciated the participants for their inputs during the workshop. A draft document of the strategic intervention framework, which will be presented to the Board of Directors for final approval was the next plan of action.