Participants at a RBM workshop, CARICOM Secretariat, March 2017
Participants at a RBM workshop, CARICOM Secretariat, March 2017

CARICOM embarks on implementation of a harmonized results-based management system

From CARICOM Secretariat

Greater Georgetown, Guyana – A series of seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, will continue Jan. 22-23 in Suriname. The seminars, which began in Barbados Nov. 24-25 of last year, will continue throughout the year in other member states.

These sensitisation seminars will target a wide cross section of stakeholders, including parliamentarians, permanent secretaries, international development partners, regional institutions, directors, corporate planners, the private sector, nongovernmental organisations and the media.

The 2014 approval of the Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community 2015-2019 by CARICOM heads of government, marked a cross-road for the community. The document clearly articulated the need for a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, which would respond to the much lamented implementation deficit.

In its efforts to institute this results-focus approach, the CARICOM Secretariat, with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), commenced the process of developing the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system.

The CARICOM RBM system will be instituted at the secretariat in January 2018, and is expected to serve as a mechanism to engender a more results-oriented culture within its regional institutions and importantly, at member states level.

A CARICOM RBM leadership group was established, comprising representatives from all regional institutions and member states to serve as champions and coaches in their respective entities by promoting the adoption and utilisation of RBM and monitoring and reporting. In addition to improving implementation and achievement of desired results, the RBM system is expected to improve transparency and accountability at all levels among the three implementation partners: member states, regional institutions and the CARICOM Secretariat. This will be facilitated by the Performance Measurement Framework developed for each pillar of the Strategic Plan 2015-19. The seminar series will ensure that all stakeholders are duly sensitised about the CARICOM RBM system.