Why Country Programme Management Team Meetings?

Some Highlights from the Uganda Country Programme Management Team (CPMT) Meeting 4 – 6 September 2013

We recently held our CPMT in Masindi District, Western Uganda. The CPMT focused on the Household Mentoring methodologies, implemented by District Livelihoods Support Programme. This is because other projects have been requesting for an opportunity to learn about household mentoring, and had requested that this CPMT be convened for that purpose.

Participants included staff from the projects, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture – the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA) Secretariat, Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA), Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), Uganda National Agro Dealers Association (UNADA), and Masindi District Local Government.
Some of the participants of the CPMT in Masindi
Why CPMTs?

A CPMT is a forum for sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned among projects in Uganda.   The CPMT meetings have been organized to handle different thematic areas as the projects deem needful
 For this CPMT, the objectives included;    Sharing experiences, lessons learned and impact of House Hold mentoring, discussing opportunities of sustainability and scaling up, as well as providing feedback to projects towards enhanced performance.
Building onto the lessons learned from the Learning Route Methodology, we prepared in advance for the field work by dividing the participants into four groups, each to look at a different aspect, and then report back to the plenary, as follows: Effectiveness of implementation arrangements; Relevance of intervention in relation to community needs; Impact of interventions; and Lessons learned, key innovations
Over all, the field work was successful and the plenary presentations and discussions were very animated as people shared what they observed in the field, what they learned and what they thought was replicable.

We also shared something on project performance in regard to the Project Status Reports and how we can ensure improved rating through effective management and implementation.

In the last session of the CPMT, an evaluation of the whole meeting was made by participants, and suggestions for improvement made. In their own words, the participants said that they loved
Sharing experiences and field visit with time to interact with beneficiaries to understand the implementation approach and impacts on ground. Presentations were relevant, and so was the representation of other stakeholders.

Overall, the objectives of the CPMT were attained, and for the next one, we shall aim at Inviting some of the other partners we did not invite this time round, hold status meetings with each project prior to CPMT, and  provide more detailed guidance on what we expect of project presentations and review them in advance to make sure they stay focused on the topic

Here is the CPMT in photos!
Farmers' groups have been supported with ox-ploughs to increase area of land tilled
under DLSP enterprise grants

CPMT visits a female headed poor mentored household

After being mentored, the lady in the second pic above has now started building a better shelter for herself!
(visible impact of household mentoring)

Under the infrastructure component, this is one of the roads that has been opened up
to enable rural farmers gain access to markets

Mr, & Mrs. Byalero, have been mentored since 2010. Here, they
are showing off the crops they have been able to plant by working together as a family.

With the household mentor, Julius (in black shirt), and the Community development Officer, Irene
(spotting a baby bump),  in Kijunjubwa Sub county
A lady shows of her land certificate to the Commissioner Aide Liaison (Ministry of Finance), Maris Wanyera
(left). Land registration ensures security of land tenure for poor rural households