Representatives of several sectors in Suriname were Monday exposed to the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system as part of a series of sensitisation seminars to be held across Member States.
The RBM system, which promotes a more results-focussed approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional Institutions, Directors and Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-governmental Organisations (NGO's) and the Media.
The Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community 2015-2019, which was approved by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2014, articulated the need for a more results-focussed approach to programme and project management, which would respond to the much lamented implementation deficit.
In its efforts to institute this results-focus approach, the CARICOM Secretariat, with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), commenced the process of developing the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System.
The CARICOM RBM System will be instituted at the Secretariat from January 2018, and is expected to serve as a mechanism to engender a more results oriented culture within its Regional Institutions and importantly, at Member States level.
A CARICOM RBM Leadership Group was established, comprising representatives from all Regional Institutions and Member States to serve as champions and coaches in their respective entities, by promoting the adoption and utilisation of RBM and Monitoring and Reporting (M&R). In addition to improving implementation and achievement of desired results, the RBM System is expected to improve transparency and accountability at all levels among the three implementation partners, that is, Member States, Regional institutions and the CARICOM Secretariat. This will be facilitated by the Performance Measurement Framework which has been developed for each Pillar of the Strategic Plan 2015-19.
Besides Suriname, stakeholders in Barbados have also had sensitisation seminars and the series will be taken to other Member States during the year.