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- the promotion of collaboration in management training, research, consultancy and publication among member institutions in West Africa;
- the provision of a veritable platform for pooling and sharing the available limited management expertise and competence that reside in the sub-region with a view to enhancing sub-region self-reliance;
- to improve the practice of management and ultimately, enhance the socio-economic prosperity of member nations through training, research, consultancy and publications; and
- to promote the conduct of research into management and development problems facing the sub-region in the hope that by so doing, its member institutions can positively influence public policies by serving as think-tanks to their governments.
- baseline study of professional challenges and problems of the Management Service Office (MSO);
- reconcepting the Management Service Office (MSO); and
- capacity development projects for Management Service Office (MSO) staff.
The West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAMDEVIN) is a sub-regional network of Management Development Institutions and Business Schools whose interests are human resource building, management consultancy, research and publications in Anglo-phone countries in West Africa with its Secretariat in Nigeria. These countries are Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia and Cameroon.
WAMDEVIN’s mission is to harness the enormous potentials which member-institutions could derive from pooling and sharing of the limited expertise in management development, training, research and consultancy that are available in the sub-region, with a view to enhancing the socio-economic prosperity of member countries.
Our main business is:
CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA ON PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM
Since the year 2002, the Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on a comprehensive reform programme, the Public Service Reform Programme (PSRP) which is aimed at strengthening and transforming the Public Service into a professionalised, dependable, performance and result oriented machinery for formulating and implementing development policies and programmes. The ultimate goal of the PSRP is to set in motion a sustainable system improvement process that will be strictly internally-driven in order to ensure ownership by public servants, as core stakeholders, while at the same time, building their capacity to ensure its successful implementation.
The Management Services Office (MSO), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) is expected to be the arrowhead of the Reform Programme. It is in pursuance of this new strategic objective that the West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAMDEVIN) was commissioned to undertake a Study with particular focus on the implementation challenges that the Public Service Reform Programme (PSRP) might present to the Management Services Office (MSO). This was a very comprehensive and demanding consultancy assignment that consumed a substantial part of our time and resources in the early part of 2003. The report was in three parts namely:
A critical component of this assignment is the capacity building opportunities which were identified. Indeed, it is envisaged that for the client to make a success of transforming the Nigeria Public Service, it has to embark on a large number of training programmes for its staff. All these are well articulated in the report.
Nigeria ASYCUDA Project
ASYCUDA is an acronym for the Automated System for Customs Data. The ASYCUDA project/technology is micro-computer based. The ASYCUDA software was primarily developed to respond to the needs of member states of ECOWAS and is now the most popular among like systems used in Custom Departments world-wide. WAMDEVIN was the executing agency for the Nigeria ASYCUDA Project. In implementing the project WAMDEVIN trained many top senior and middle management staff of the Nigerian Customs Service. Some of the training programmes included Total Quality Management (TQM), Computer and Internet Connectivity, Team Building, Project Management, Strategic Management, Leadership, among others.
Commonwealth Secretariat, London (COMSEC) Sponsored Training of Trainers (TOT)
The Training of Trainers (TOT) Course was conducted by WAMDEVIN under the sponsorship of the Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London from 6-24 August, 2007. The Course was designed specifically to address professional deficiencies in the Management Development Institutes (MDIs) with a view to strengthening the operational efficiency of the training function. The target audience of the course was faculty staff of MDIs who needed basic training knowledge/skills and techniques/methods that will assist them to discharge their responsibilities satisfactorily. Four other TOTs have been conducted since 2007 under the auspices of Commonwealth Secretariat. Indeed, the last one was extended to cover other African countries both in East and Southern Africa such as Namibia, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
The UNEDIL (UNDP, EDI, and ILO) was a capacity building project for the whole of Africa with its headquarters in Washington, USA. Its projects were compartmentalized into areas of specialization and WAMDEVIN was given the specific task of handling one of its most important projects – Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and Group Facilitation. To effectively execute the Project a Nigerian, specifically from one of the WAMDEVIN, was recruited by UNEDIL to serve as the Project Consultant.
WAMDEVIN publishes, on a regular basis, a Newsletter, WINET-INFO (WAMDEVIN Information Network) and a Directory of Experts, etc.
WAMDEVIN has also developed some management films. These include Executive Stress Management, Delegating for Results and Basic Functions of Management.