Written by Steven Nsamaza

Change the way of doing things – stakeholders’ advice

The two-day annual retreat bringing together RDO staff, board members, experts, beneficiaries, donor representatives and government officials closed on Friday at Dereva Hotel in Rwamagana where different stakeholder advised on a shift in the usual operation narrative.

The Rwanda Development Organisation (RDO) staff interacted with different partners discussing strategies to position the organisation strategically and maximise ways of delivering better services.

The Governor of the Eastern Province, Fred Mufulukye commended RDO for what the organisation is doing in his province which is impactful to communities and changing people’s lives for the better.

The Governor of the Eastern Province, Fred Mufulukye commended RDO for its significant role to the Eastern Province

Governor Mufulukye observed that RDO is significant to the Eastern Province and his humble request was for the organisation to scale up its interventions and continue to touch more lives.

He said that they were also committed to continue working with Rwanda Development Organisation.

Dony Mazingaizo, Trocaire Country Director while discussing RDO sustainability in the wake of global economic issues and decline in donor funding said that capacity building was an important component to empower organisations with skills set.

Other partners highlighted the shifting of mindsets, positioning the organisation strategically and always be on the look for emerging opportunities.

Zainab Uwizeyimana, the President of KABIYAKI Cooperative in Kamonyi District, representing other beneficiaries thanked RDO for supporting farmers and wished for the organisation to scale-up interventions that support farmers.

Zainab Uwizeyimana, the President of KABIYAKI Cooperative of farmer in Kamonyi delivering her remarks at the retreat

“Teach us how to fish,” Uwizeyimana said, preferring that they should be trained and educated on best practises than to be given hand-outs.

The second day of the retreat focused on looking at the strategic plans of the organisation which was kicked off by expert review, reporting on the implementation of the strategic plan, identifying gaps and new ideas for the upcoming strategic plan.

Group discussions were conducted focussing on bridging gaps identified and new ideas for the new strategy as the organisation’s three-year strategic plan expires by the end of this year. After the discussions, presentations were made from respective groups.

During the retreat another important initiative was launched where the best employee of the year was recognised for the first time.

Voted by fellow staff members, Aimable Usengimana, RDO senior extensionist in the Eastern Province scoped the best employee of the year award and was presented with a certificate and cash prize.

The Vice-Chair of RDO Board of Directors (Right) awarded Aimable Usengimana as the best employee of the year

The Executive Secretary of RDO, Eugene Rwibasira applauded the participation of everyone during the 2020 annual retreat and called for rejuvenated efforts as everyone goes back to their work.

Rwibasira welcomed the insightful discussions and ideas crafted during the course of two days that will help draft yet another strategic plan to guide the organisation in the years ahead.

Angelo Semwaga, the Vice-Chair of RDO Board of Director while closing this year’s retreat applauded the work that all staff is doing in improving the welfare of Rwandans and took the opportunity to thank partners for their commitments to ensure that RDO delivers.

He maintained that RDO is best local non-governmental organisation in Rwanda and its partners should feel proud to be part of the organisation. He echoed a change in the usual way of working, calling for doing things better.

“You should think big,” Semwaga emphasized, adding that doing things should not be as usual rather take RDO to another level delivering the best services in Rwanda and think of going beyond.

The retreat is held once every year and is conducted to help Rwanda Development Organisation to have time to reflect, account and to collectively strategize for the future.



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