–Hopes to align programs with PAPD
The management and staff of the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) on Wednesday, November 28, ended a seminar on a five-year strategic planning retreat held in Careysburg, Montserrado County.
IREDD Executive Director Harold Aidoo told the Daily Observer that the three-day (November 26-28) exercise will develop a policy which will be in line with the government’s Pro–poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
Aidoo said the retreat was strategic, because the entity reflected on how it has worked for the past one year and will consider what to do within the next five years.
“The retreat enabled all IREDD staffs to take stock of what they have done, how those things accomplished were planned, where we are going next as per our vision, mission and objectives of the different programs we are running in order to have a sober reflection of them. Essentially it’s helped us developed our next strategic plan,” he added.
Mr. Aidoo said in view thereof, the government has just developed the PAPD, “because we have the hope that we can align our programs to support what government intends to do.”
He said as a civil society organization (CSO), their role as a test sector is to ensure that the country’s governance process is well on course, while taking into consideration the social contract between the government and its citizenry and holding government accountable for the way in which they should be treated.
Aidoo also said the three-day discussion helped to draw up a strategic plan which, as a road map for IREDD, will serve for the next five years.
He then assured the public that as they usher into the new year, IREDD will be more robust in its functions.
Participants reviewed shared values, principles and experiences of staffs and Board, analyzed organization’s external environments, political, economic, social and technological context, Internal factors-resources (inputs) process and performance, outlined challenges and prospects in synthesizing the work as well as identifying a strategic direction of the organization by identifying areas for improvement, including resource development and sustainability, expansion and program development and improve advocacy, community involvement and outreach.
IREDD is a research and policy advocacy organization that works with grassroots organizations and partners at the local and sub-national level. The agency is geared towards creating linkages between local groups and authorities as well as policy actors.