The Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF) held a three day strategic training workshop from the 26th to 28th April 2016, which saw 17 representatives from grants partner organisations attending.
Idea sharing between participants during group exercise
Some of the participants shared their experiences and this is what they had to say:
“Before attending the ZGF Strategic Planning Workshop, I was under the impression that we need to hire a consultant to do it for us,” said Zenzo Simbai from House of Consciousness.
John Mushibi had this to say, “The planning that we have been doing as an organisation was just long term but there was no strategic planning. This workshop has given me renewed energy to go back and spearhead the formulation of our strategic plan”.
Grace Phiri from Advocacy for Good Governance Equity and Justice said at least now they had direction on where to start from in terms of strategic planning.
“This workshop enabled participants to learn from each other and I am glad that most organisations without strategic plans are eager to formulate them. Now they know that they have to own the process rather than having outsiders to do it. As a facilitator, the experience has been enriching!,” said Jack Kalipenta.
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now” and “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. These often-heard quotes from Alan Lakein are reminders that many of the day-to-day operational struggles we face in organisational life had their seeds sown in the past, when we failed to think ahead. Strategic planning can provide an overall strategic direction to the management of the organisation and gives a specific direction to areas like financial strategy, marketing strategy, organisational development strategy and human resources strategy, to achieve success. That is why ZGF offers this training.