Monday, October 26, 2009

A foreward to needs assessment for our organisation


ACCU depends on RACCs and in a way the survival of anti corruption depends on the way RACCs operate. It was in that light that Capacity Needs Assessment was carried out and a report has been produced that highlights such a relationship. The self critical approach addresses and identifies the organizations’ challenges, and options are given that are very precise and constructive.

By producing this report ACCU and RACCs have already taken a huge step towards more efficient working processes, relationship definitions and -expectations, and most of all addressing the issues that hinder or slow down the working processes towards a common agenda. Picked from the daily life and reality of RACCs, the report digs into various aspects of challenges, thoroughly analyzes them and then suggests possible solutions and strategies for addressing them.

One of the largest challenges is inadequate resources, which touches all aspects from equipment to staffing as well as skills. In the jungle of NGOs, and especially in the sector of anti corruption work, it is highly important and advantageous for ACCU and RACCs to formalize inner and institutional structures, partnership definition, funding strategies, and an overall uniform profile to act and appear reliable, trustworthy and with a higher degree of transparency. By reading this report, partners will have a clearer overview of the work done by ACCU and RACCs, and be able to seed the critical needs to address in order to enable them competently focus on the vision and mission of ACCU and RACCs.

The report recognizes the challenges that can be overcome by RACCs, members and ACCU secretariat, and those that are out of reach or not easily addressable at the moment. Here we have a solid starting point for the structural changes needed with valid and creative suggestions for solutions; or at least the next step forward. A serious and qualitative strong work makes the ground for this report. The RACCs ideas and critiques have been presented in a very constructive and respectful manner which makes this report even more useful for the involved parties. The point is made that in the need for uniformity and structural accountability across different regions of Uganda is as much critical as the the peculiar needs of each RACC given their diversity and contextual differences.

The guidelines are set, now the next will be to put ideas into reality. Implementation of the recommendations necessitates resources, and this makes the partners even more crucial at this stage.
I was impressed by the constructive criticism of the report, which serves as a self analysis on the basis of which ACCU should consolidate the strengths identified but also to make necessary and possible adjustments for in as far as its role of supporting RACCs is concerned.

This is an empirical document for ACCU, RACCs and development partners. I strongly encourage secretariat executive committees, staff, members, development partners and other stakeholders both at ACCU national and RACCs level to use this report both for learning purposes and to mobilize necessary resources for implementing recommendations in their respective mandate.

I commend the Capacity Building team that was at the helm of producing this report and most especially the respondents that gave honest views that will help us in a bid to concretize ACCU Vision: A Just and Corrupt Free Society beyond the First decade!
Jasper Tumuhimbise - National Coordinator

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