A Trade Hub-supported workshop for administrators and directors of West Africa’s newest regional grains alliance gave intensive instruction in administrative, accounting and financial procedures. The May 30-June 1 workshop in Lome, Togo explained modules from a new manual for the West African Grains Network (WAGN), produced by a local firm, Auditcom Togo Sarl, with backing from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and inputs from the Trade Hub.
Since its 2013 launch, WAGN has grown to represent 400 farmers, traders, cereals processors and others working in staple crop value chains across eight countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo; in September 2016, it will add 100 new members from a new country, Guinea.
As it grows, WAGN receives ongoing institutional development support from the Trade Hub to raise the quality of its member services. During the workshop, attended by the Trade Hub’s Kokou Zotoglo, Auditcom presented several fundamentals of good administration, including organizational structure, job descriptions, budget, human resources, payroll, procurement, equipment and inventory, petty cash, financial and accounting management. The nine participants—including three members of the board of directors and four members of the secretariat—also learned how to monitor and evaluate projects as well as tenets of internal auditing.
“Per this training, we have attained insight into a “bible” that will govern forever the management and financial life of the platform,” said WAGN’s treasurer, Madam Aïssatou Deme Diagne. “We are grateful to AGRA and Trade Hub for providing support with this important document. We assure our partners that we will use it efficiently to gain more confidence.”