Project Management Professional (PMP)
The AULA kick-started its programs with an internationally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification program in partnership with Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Registered Education Provider. The program aimed at building capacity for AU staff members through rigorous, learner-centered/driven program. The program is an enactment of membership into a community of global project management practitioners – who are continuously learning and contributing to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK). Thirty-seven (37) participants completed the program. A follow up session was conducted in March 2016 as part of securing the mandatory 35 hours of instruction by a certified instructor as well as obtaining the required reading materials.
In its inaugural year, AULA undertook 14 activities within its four categories of programs: three trainings, five knowledge sharing and four policy program dialogues (PPDs). In addition to that, a debate with the candidates for the position of the AU Chairperson and two seminars were held. Below are highlights of some of these activities.
This training aimed at taking AUC managers through hands- on and practical way in dealing with and resolving challenges as well as complexity at work place and elsewhere. The exercise includes actual situations analysis, and experimenting with solution through co-creation. Twenty-one participants from AUC have completed this program.
Creative Thinking training program:
The program aimed at introducing and enhancing the AUC’s Senior Management and middle-level team’s readiness to implement the Balanced Scorecard methodology. The program equipped participants with knowledge and skills to utilize BSC framework in formulating work-plans and in tracking progress towards identified goals. It also offered structured methods to translate strategy into operational reality; aligning the organization to the strategy; making strategy a continual process; and mobilizing change through leadership that undertakes performance contracting with Managers who then will cascade the same commitment across the different departments. Twenty-four participants from the AUC have completed the program.
Experience Sharing Program PRC:
This program is geared towards updating the AUC PRC members. The program highlights and critically examined the following topics: the Impact of the history of the Africa Union on its functioning; approaches; implementations of legal instruments; current Governance Structures; their rationale and alignment to the implementation of the mandates; roles and responsibilities of Policy Organs and their interactions with AU; and how to strengthen decision-making processes. The program brought together thirty-four members from the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC).
The Academy convened three experience-sharing seminars with the members of the African Group of Ambassadors (Washington DC); academia and learning experts from the World Bank and the Organization of the American States. The aims of these experience sharing programs was to build partnerships with knowledge and learning institutions, academia, foundations, think tanks and other entities – as well as to share the AULA’s plans.
Experience sharing seminars:
In collaboration with the office of the chairperson and other departments hosted a group of twenty-three South African University Students, their Professors and Representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa. The visit aimed at enhancing the understanding about the AU among young leaders as well as understanding youth priorities. The group was also given the opportunity to observe the negotiation session of the Continental Free Trade Area – one of the flagship projects within Agenda 2063.
Youth and leadership:
Policy Program Dialogue (PPD):
AULA convened four-policy program dialogue session’s multi-actor interfaces to provide platform for reflections and discussions on pertinent issues. These sessions were convened prominent themes of the year. The dialogues for 2016 included: reflections and taking-stock of the achievements of the Maputo Protocol on Gender Equality; formulation of the African Common Position on Habitat III; statistically driven implementation of Agenda 2063 during the 10th session of the African Committee of Director-Generals of National Statistics Office (CoDGs) and 5th Session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (STATCOM-AFRICA). Given the growing discussion on the credibility of Public-Private Partnerships, AULA also convened a seminar on Private Philanthropy, Principles and Tips for Successful Partnerships successfully convened in partnership with the U.N. World Food Programme.