ABN Secretariat’s Quarterly Journey of Growth and Impact
The ABN’s commitment to contribute to the control of the loss of biodiversity remain alive from the Secretariat to all ABNers. Progress stems from dedicated employees and network partners. Training for development is key to their success amid global biodiversity challenges. Hannah Kigamba, ABN’s Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, discusses recent capacity building events.
To effectively contribute to sustainable impact, ABNers recognize the vital importance of empowering their workforce through comprehensive training programs and continuous evaluation of performance. A firm belief in the transformative power of knowledge and skills enhancement drives the ABN Secretariat to cultivate an environment that nurtures individual growth while fostering collaborative partnerships with like-minded organizations.
Throughout the recent quarter, ABN’s dedicated staff engaged with fervour in a series of capacity building workshops, honing their abilities in monitoring programs, finance management, data analysis, and project coordination. ABN Secretariat staff; Jane Kinya, Finance and Administration Manager, Abdel Karim, Regional Programme Coordinator and Hannah Kigamba, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator attended a capacity building workshop organized by the Bread for the World (BftW), one of the ABN’s donors. Emphasizing the crucial role of data proficiency in informed decision-making, the ABN Secretariat also invested in enhancing its research capabilities, data management, analysis, and visualization.
As the ABN continues to embrace new partners and expand its network, the Secretariat built the capacities of its newest partners in the network on its methodologies and philosophies. A specially curated capacity building workshop for North and Central Africa partners was undertaken during the quarter. It fostered a deeper understanding of ABN’s approaches and establishing a new Sub-Regional Node for the MENA region to catalyze collaborative efforts.
The ABN Secretariat actively participated in Kenya’s Environmental Steering Committee, operating under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry. This steering committee plays a crucial role in unpacking the decisions made during COP15, domesticating them at the country level and prepares a roadmap leading up to COP16 in 2024. The ABN Secretariat is playing a pivotal role in the Steering Committee, contributing to the planning of Africa’s participation in the Africa Climate Summit scheduled to take place from September 4th to 6th, 2023, in Nairobi, Kenya. Venter Mwongera, the Communications and Advocacy Coordinator, represents the ABN Secretariat in both of these vital committees.
As the ABN Secretariat looks back, it remains steadfast in its pursuit of excellence, recognizing that investing in its employees and the Network is investing in a brighter and more sustainable future for Africa and the world.