Remco Bels (manager Audit) vertrok een week geleden voor Project Bright naar Oeganda. Hij werkt daar in een internationaal team van KPMG’ers twee weken lang voor de organisatie Restless Development en geeft advies over diverse vraagstukken. Hij blikt terug op zijn eerste week.
Seven days ago the airplane, which took Mark and I to our assignment, touched down onto Entebbe airport in Uganda. Now after five days of work it’s time for some reflections, and to look forward to the upcoming week.
What a lot of impressions we have placed in our minds and hearts. After starting and determining the scope to include ‘leadership development’ and ‘performance management’. Two subjects that are important in every organisation.
Nice to know what the goals are, but what did we actually do? We performed about ten interviews, and had day to day monitoring conversations with Mariam and Farai (our primary contacts). We prepared and delivered a workshop during the Quarterly Meeting of the Extended Leadership Team (ELT) of Restless Uganda, and gained insights from the team as to the way the ELT could further improve their performance, as well as having a fruitful discussion on learning and development in the organization. We prepared and delivered a training on the Restless Leadership Program and also we delivered a brief Excel workshop for staff.
As the pictures show, we had colourful and inspiring meetings. We were impressed by the talented young leaders that really stood up in the training to point why and how they embed the Restless Values in their daily routines. The potential in the group of current and future leaders in Uganda is really high.
We really look forward to the activities which are planned for next week. At Monday we will travel to the local Restless office in Mayuge and from there we will go to where the projects actually take place. We will see how the volunteers identify and reach those most at risk of HIV. For example communities with lots of fishermen, local motorcycle transport, or places where a lot of long distance drivers stay. We will see how Restless people make a difference and have really an impact in local communities.
We will also combine our findings and input gained during the first weeks interviews and training in order to finish our deliverables, presenting these deliverables to our main contacts on Thursday before sharing our findings with all of the staff on Friday!
So far, it’s been great to have the opportunity to work at Restless in Uganda, and we’ve met some really inspiring people.