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Ensuring that no child is left behind requires concrete actions with high-level outcomes: UNICEF MP chief

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Senior Correspondent

BHOPAL: A two day training of trainers on result based management started at The Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS). This is being organised in technical collaboration with UNICEF, MP office.

In all, 30 participants from academia and civil society organisations are being trained as trainers in result based management during the two day training programme. Participants include representatives from various departments of BSSS, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, DAVV Indore and civil society organisations from Bhopal, Jhabua, and Harda. 

Michael Juma, Chief, UNICEF office for Madhya Pradesh while speaking at the inaugural of the training said “Leaving no child behind, especially the most marginalized, requires analysis of the theory of change, and catalyzing concrete actions which contribute to high level outcomes and  impacts for children.”

Overall purpose of UNICEF is to support the realization of the rights of children, which largely requires result-based programme planning and results frameworks critical for achieving clearly defined and demonstrable results. 

As such, Results Based Management (RBM) is a tool for monitoring, measuring and reporting results while using results chain framework, he said. 

RBM increases transparency and accountability, and enhances efficiency and operational effectiveness which allow programme interventions to complement each other and avoid overlap and waste. 

The training of trainers on RBM aims at strengthening and reinforcing the comparative advantages and capabilities of CSO Partners and Faculty Members of select Institutions of higher learning on the underlying principles of RBM and their practical applications in programming within the framework of theory of change. Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), are key essential components of RBM which can greatly enhance the effectiveness of programme delivery and achievement of high level results,. Juma added

Fr John P J, Principal of The Bhopal School of Social Sciences spoke on the partnership between BSSS and UNICEF and how it aims at strengthening work for children in the State. He welcomed participants and hoped that this will go a long way in reporting results for children. 

Mohammed Nazeem is the trainer for the training programme. Abraham Varghese, head of department of social work of The BSSS, Rutwik Gandhe, Professor of Social Work Department, The BSSS, Sujan Sarkar, Planning and Monitoring Officer, UNICEF and Anil Gulati, Communication Specialist, UNICEF are part of the committee that is training the participants on the RBM techniques.