West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services to its 90,000 members. To affirm its leading position and attract more West African livestock federations, COFENABVI has to capitalize on financing sources and build new partnerships.
On May 29-30, Mr. Jean-Didier Nacoulma, the Trade Hub’s capacity building and gender specialist, and consultant Mr. Giovanni Sgobaro worked with COFENABVI management staff from Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo on project design and implementation, including project proposals, strategic planning, the budgeting process, monitoring and evaluation. At the end of the workshop, participants were able to identify inputs, outputs, activities and outcomes as detailed on Result Based Mechanisms (RBM).
“This training, in addition to the financial sustainability of the associations, is one of the most useful trainings COFENABVI has received,” said Mr. Thomas Sawadogo, Permanent Secretary of COFENABVI. “I’m confident that we will use the drafted proposal, finalize it and submit successfully to potential partners.”
On May 31, Ms. Jessie Lafourcade, the Trade Hub’s communications specialist in Côte d’Ivoire, guided COFENABVI staff members through strategies to boost existing communications tools and facilitate interactions between the different departments and between the board and the regional offices.
Participants drafted time-framed activities to be translated into procedures that will be proposed for validation during the next General Assembly. With harmonized communications procedures and processes, COFENABVI-AO hopes to involve more members and build its image throughout the region.