Governance and Institutional Developments Programme

GIDD 01-R: Regional Course on Strategic Planning and Goal Setting for Human Resource Managers using Result-Based Management RBM)

Date: March 9 - 13, 2020
Duration: 5 Days
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria


All organisations have people and these people constitute the human resources. Regardless of the size or the extent of its resources, an organisation survives and thrives because of the capabilities and performance of its employees. The activities involved in maximizing the capabilities and performances of the employees are necessary, regardless of whether the organisations refer to them as Human Resource Management (HRM), Human Resource Development (HRD), just Human Resources (HR), or no formal name for those activities at all.

Human Resource functions can be used as pillars for creating national and sub-regional economic and social growth. The approach is based on the premise that organisational human resource policies can, if properly articulated, provide a direct and economically significant contribution to organisational performance. The focus, therefore, lies in improving organisational performance in order to contribute to national and sub-regional growth. In examining the challenges facing the sub-region, it is easy to determine that the pillar of economic development strategy rests with the workforce of the respective nations in the sub-region.


The main objective of the course is to examine the role of efficient human resource management in organisational effectiveness and economic development using result-based management framework. Specifically, the course will prepare human resource managers to appreciate the need strategic planning and goal setting for change management; organisational culture; gender issues at work place and the introduction of multiple stakeholder model in HRM. Also, the course will reel out strategic and policy issues in human resource management and their linkages to national/regional economic development.

Broad Themes
The following are some of the broad themes to be covered at the course:
  • • Emerging Issues in Human Resource Management (e.g. Leadership)
  • • Change Management and Employee Effectiveness
  • • Concept and Significance of Strategy and Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
  • • Result-based Management Framework in Human Resource Management
  • • Employees and Labour Relations
  • • Effective Communication in Human Resource Management
  • • Recruitment/Resourcing and Talent Management: A Key to Succession and Career Planning
  • • Managing Performance and Reward for Organizational Success
  • • Organisational Ethics: Issues and Challenges
  • • Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Issues in the Work Place: Effects of African Culture and the Way Forward
  • • Training and Development Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness
  • • Introduction of Multiple Stakeholder Model in HRM and
  • • Planning and management of retirement and retrenchment, among others.
Who May Attend

The course is designed for senior/executive level staff in human resource/human capital development or personnel departments of central banks, ministries of finance and economic planning, financial and tax regulatory authorities and other institutions in member countries with responsibility for recruitment and capacity building issues in their organisations.

GIDD 02-R: Regional Course on Effective Communication and Planning Skills for Administrative Professionals & Executive Assistants

Date: March 23 - 27, 2020
Duration: 5 Days
Venue: Banjul, Nigeria


With growing uncertainties playing a major role in the dynamics of the global economy, effective communication has become imperative in defining the trajectory of business organisations in the face of competition, innovation and growing consumer awareness. The role of communication shapes the direction of various organisations as they evolve strategies, systems, processes and methodologies to manage and respond to the ever changing business environment. Organisations whose focus encapsulates these dynamics are those that remain relevant in the current dispensation.

Notwithstanding their goals and the strategies for achieving them, organisations are required to invest heavily in internal and external communication with stakeholders. Thus, successful organisations, including those involved in economic and financial sector management, must ensure unimpeded flow of modern communication techniques and planning sills amongst its employee and other stakeholders. This involves a mastery and proper articulation of oral, written and presentation skills necessary for attracting, retaining and promoting favourable response from a target audience. It must however be acknowledged that writing and presentation and planning require some skills and efforts which this course has been designed to upscale.


The main objective of the course is to produce competent and confident communicators and planners with good knowledge about communication and organisational planning and the capability to structure, write and present more effective economic, financial and other technical reports. Specifically, the course is aimed at enhancing participants’ competencies in the following areas:

  • • the use of correct grammatical structures in the English Language in a clear and concise manner that is related to specific purpose, audience and readership
  • • the organisation of information in logical forms for both oral and written presentations and
  • • the writing and presentation of better technical reports (economic, financial, technical, etc.).
  • • distinguishing between ‘doing right things’ and ‘doing things right’
  • • organisational and strategic issues in planning
Broad Themes

The following broad themes, among others, will be covered at the course:

• Communication Process
• Grammar in Writing
• Writing Style: The five Cs of good communication; • Features of technical reports
• The Spoken English
• Guidelines/formats for Preparing Financial and Economic Reports
• Data handling and analysis in technical reports
• Legal issues in report writing
• Executive Summary
• Computer applications in report writing
• Minutes Writing
• How to Build Documents
• E-referencing techniques
• Report writing practical
• Techniques and Skills of report presentation, among others and
• Developing SMART objectives.
Who may attend

Attendance is for senior/middle level officials in central banks, (research, monetary policy, legal, financial surveillance departments, etc.); core economic and finance ministries; central statistical offices, research-oriented institutions and other public/private sector organisations whose staff are involved in economic and financial reporting.

GIDD 03-R: Regional Course on Planning for Retirement and Personal Finance Management Skills

Date: May 18 - 22, 2020
Duration: 5 Days
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria


Retirement is one of those inevitable phases of life which marks the end of careers that have been built over the years through acquiring knowledge, skills and consistent hardwork. Assignments, deadlines, meetings, etc. soon get replaced by holidays, pursuing new hobbies, and spending more time with family. While some people look forward to this relaxed and stress-free life post retirement, some get worried about the loss of a steady source of income.

Retirement can be quite depressing for a pensioner and his/her family if not well planned. Retirement is meant to be a time when income drops but life must be sustained. So, financial planning is required for living a financially independent life even after retirement.

Financial planning simply refers to saving up money for the future. A number of people start saving for retirement without knowing how much they will need to maintain their standard of living after retirement. This course will therefore expose participants on how to deal with the real economic issues after retirement. It will also show that retiring from corporate employment needs not become a calamity as it is often portrayed.


The main objective of the course is to expose participants to issues of accountability and responsibility for their retirement plan. Specifically, the course is aimed at enhancing participants’ competences in the following arears:

  • • help participants make sound decisions to create, protect and distribute their wealth to achieve their financial well-being
  • • assist participants live a renewed life and create fulfilling retirement life style and
  • • assist participants identify their talents and personal capabilities that can be utilized elsewhere after retirement.
Broad Themes

The following broad themes, among others, will be covered at the course:

• General retirement orientation: what it means, different perspectives, emotional & change of mindset
• A shift from the traditional method of preparation for retirement
• Financial planning & management (setting retirement goals; creating wealth; protecting wealth; distributing wealth, etc.)
• Investment awareness (types of investment, guidelines and advice in selecting investments, orientation, opportunities)
• Entrepreneurship; nurturing a business for profitability
• Health & leisure (supporting a healthy lifestyle; stress management, enjoying leisure, balancing work and leisure, recreation, etc.)
• Time management and
• Encouragement of tourism and travel of senior citizens in the sub-region.
Who May Attend

Attendance is for senior/middle level officials in central banks, core economic and finance ministries and other public and private institutions who are within the limits of or approaching the age of retirement.