AMREF started off the 1st BAPM at the International Training Centre in Nairobi on 16th April 2012. The 5 day meeting bringing together over 150 AMREF staff from around the world to share research and programme lessons is themed ‘Creating a culture of evidence: Measuring and communicating AMREF’s results in advancing the health of women and children’.
The meetings objectives include
- To share the Business Plan with all internal stakeholders and achieve a common purpose in programming, fundraising and programme management
- To share scientific knowledge from programmes and research across the strategic direction (SD) areas of the Business Plan
- To identify opportunities for AMREF in relation to the priority areas for programming, research and advocacy
- To enhance performance of the AMREF team in programme implementation and management
- To share institutional knowledge and best practices
Officially opening the meeting, AMREF’s DG Dr Teguest Guerma said “This 1st BAPM represents one of the processes that will be institutionalized to support the governance processes. One great opportunity lies in how well AMREF internalizes the practice of operations research to continually generate evidence on creative and innovative ways of improving corporate performance for influence of health policy and practices across Africa.”
Besides being a great team-building activity, the BAPM will give staff an opportunity to learn how to write up and present research and lessons learned in their programme work to their peers and get critiqued before they present the same to external audiences and publish. It will also help to identify staff with potential for scientific work and facilitate their development to higher levels of achievement. Furthermore, the meeting will serve as a platform for sharing strategic ideas so that AMREF staff are able to contribute to the organisation’s Strategic Directions as spelt out in the Business Plan 2011-2014.