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The one word that summarises SAMEA 2017

1 November 2017

Itumeleng Ramano, CC&DW Project and Training Coordinator attended the recent SAMEA conference and took care of visitors to the CC&DW exhibition stand. She shares her experience and conference takeaways with us here.

My role in CC&DW is that of a Project and Training Coordinator. My job entails that I am responsible for overall project assistance and the training component of the organization. When I was given the opportunity to attend the SAMEA conference in Johannesburg, I was very excited. Upon arrival at the conference, the atmosphere was electric. People were excited and happy. When I started speaking with other delegates, I began to understand the true power behind M&E, informed by my background in capacity building, community mobilization, strategic planning within the public health sector.

I learned from the attending talks at the conference, as well as my communication with various people, of the amazing calibre and importance of M&E. One of the most interesting conversations I had was with Mr Amadou Oumarou from the Niger High Commission, reporting to the Prime Minister. When Mr Oumarou approached our stand, he initially wanted a stress ball (granted, he confessed he had no idea what it was for).  From that moment, we began talking about the conference and how important it is to have something like this in Africa. His interest in CC&DW peaked when I offered him a company profile and explained the work we do. As a representative of Twende Mbele (a Kiswahili term for moving together forward), he spoke of seeking a potential partnership with CC&DW.

If there is one word I can use to summarize the conference is “Purpose”. This is what I saw from all the people I interacted with.  They came to the conference with a purpose and left with a sense of renewal, revival and energy to continue with the great work which they do.

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