Remco Bels (manager Audit) vertrok 14 juli voor Project Bright naar Oeganda. Hij werkte daar in een internationaal team van KPMG’ers twee weken lang voor de organisatie Restless Development en gaf advies over diverse vraagstukken. Hij is weer thuis en blikt terug op zijn tijd in Oeganda.
We searched high and low through the airport before finding two plug sockets to charge our laptops. After a slight rearrangement of the canteen furniture we have established the Restless Entebbe office in which we can write this blog, and continue to work on finishing off our deliverables! In a couple of hours a blue and white plane will take us back to Europe and a fantastic two weeks will have come to a close. Uganda continues to be as friendly as ever, a girl working at the airport comes talking to us, checking if we have the WIFI and telling us about the upcoming renovation of the canteen into a restaurant.
Yesterday we said goodbye at the office after our debrief to the Restless team. We had met with the Core Leadership team on Thursday afternoon to talk about our findings and recommendations, so had prepared the highlights to share more widely. We had met many of the staff during our assignment, as participants in a training or workshop, in an interview or just an informal conversation in the beautiful garden in front of the office of Restless Development in Jinja. We told them about our observations, areas of improvement, advice and proposed project planning in order to realise the quick wins, as well as sharing our experience in Uganda. It seems that change in Uganda is fast moving. The energy of the young population who are driving the change is very impressive. Organisations as Restless act as accelerators and help the youngsters develop the capabilities to lead the change by themselves. We worked together in workshops and saw them acting in the field, both with great impact.
Looking back to technical part of the assignment, which aimed at strengthen learning and development combined with performance management, we hope that Restless is happy with our findings. In particular advice on changes that could be enacted in the short term feels to have been well received. We focussed on these quick wins by writing a detailed project plan to help enact any changes in the short term. It has been a great experience to work with this team and to witness the enthusiasm they show when you ask them “Why are you doing this work?” or “Which of the values of Restless Development appeals to you?”.
We ended our stay with a night of unlimited (inside joke) food, music, and responsible drinking, before bidding farewell, for now, to the team. We’re now ready to walk to departures trusting that Restless will keep restless and continue to make a difference!