In early October 2014, leaders from around the world came together in Johannesburg, South Africa to share tools and experiences with NGOs committed to deepening a culture of organizational accountability in Africa.
The summit, called RBA Africa Summit 2014 and hosted by Results Leadership Group, focused on Results Based Accountability (RBA) and providing the tools to embed the methodology in South Africa’s social sector and government.
Among the delegates presenting at the conference was a group of individuals from Vermont including State Senator Diane Snelling, Lamoille Family Center Executive Director Scott Johnson, and Benchmarks for a Better Vermont Program Manager Hillary Boone. The group presented on the journey to accountability in Vermont, including legislation, government action, and the wide-spread rollout of RBA in Vermont’s nonprofit sector.
As a direct result of the conference, South African NGO’s have taken on the work of embedding RBA into their organizations. RBA Community of Practice groups were developed at the close of the training and serve as a way to connect NGO’s, share resources, and continue the work of performance management. The first community of practice was held in November in Johannesburg, with more scheduled in the near future. Additionally, an RBA “Training of Facilitators” event is being scheduled.