Thursday, 8 May 2014

LEARNING FROM OUR PAST AND MOVING FORWARD: IDF Conducts Annual Review and Planning Meeting.

IDF staff on 6th and 7th May 2014 held their annual review and planning meeting at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel. The purpose of the meeting was to review past progress and plan for the year 2014/2015. Ten staff (5 female and 5 men) participated in this meeting. During the meeting, staff reflected on the past interventions and results realized from them. They also planned what would be done in the coming year. Among others, the Executive Director Mr. Davis Ddamulira took the staff through where IDF is coming from, with particular focus to the challenges encountered, and the major growth and shifts.
Davis Ddamulira presenting at the meeting

Mr. Davis noted that IDF had come along way and is steadily getting better in its operations. He challenged the staff to master their Key result areas such that they can continuously contribute to the IDF goals, objectives and mission.

Andrew presenting at the meeting

In a related development, the Program Results Manager, Andrew Gidudu took the participants through the IDF overall progress; that is, the milestones registered in the year 2013/2014. This helped in reminding the staff on how much they had achieved, the enabling factors and what areas needed more attention- either strengthening or consolidating.
Andrew re-echoed the IDF’s mandate/purpose “contributing to the reduction of human rights violation incidences and bad governance in uganda”, saying whatever , grantees and staff do as individuals or a team should at all times be aimed at this.
Flavia presenting at the meeting
This session was followed by several other sessions during which Program Unit Heads (Andrew Gidudu-for Results Unit, Nyongereza Flavia-for Finance and Phiona Tumukunde for Sarah Nankya- Support Unit) presented  unit progress reports, work plans and budgets for discussion and amalgamation into single working documents- (IDF 2014/2015 Budget and Work plan).
Staff clarify some issues at the meeting
Program Results Unit staff harmonizing their work plan and budget
Program Support unit and Finance staff  harmonizing their work plans&budgets
Key outputs from the meeting were, a compiled work plan and budget for the year 2014/2015 and enhanced understanding on IDF’s interventions and strategies in the next financial year. 
Summing up the meeting, the IDF Executive Director thanked staff for their patience and active participation in the two days meeting. He encouraged staff to stick to the developed work plan and budget for the intended results to be achieved. He wished everybody safe journeys back home.