Open Access Capstone
The process of rebuilding and reconstruction after war is a long, demanding and arduous process. Different actors are involved, drawn from the local community, neighboring countries and international arena. The actors come with various expectations, interests, resources and demands in programs implementation. Each actor has their own way and understanding of doing things based on where they have come from. To further complicate the process, coordination issues, whether planned or unplanned, become an imperative and have to be addressed or further strengthened so as to meet the objectives of the various actors involved. Implementing education in post conflict countries has seen its fair share of these complexities.
Driven by different interests, needs, expectations and demands, there is a lack of clarity among the different actors, which ultimately has a negative impact on the success of programs. Using a case study of the community girl's school, a Non-formal program implemented in south Sudan, I will explore and examine the missed opportunities that arise when there is lack of clarity at the onset and continuation of implementing education programs. The author will address coordination challenges that are faced by different actors working in Post-Conflict scenarios and how these affect program implementation. The author argues that coordination issues especially in post-conflict scenarios should be clearly included in program plans and not merely assumed. Data used is largely drawn from the authors experience in implementing the program, interviews of the respective people working in the different organizations, former and current officials from the government representatives and reports submitted on the program.
The study will also examine the envisioned roles of the concerned actors involved, their objectives, roles and coordination efforts within the program that was implemented and how that contributed towards the overall impact of the program.
Finally, the project will analyze the lessons that can be drawn from the analysis including ineffective oversight, clarifying terms and mandates and communication across and among all actors. The study recommends among other factors the need to not only involve community in designing programs but also clarifying goals, roles and responsibilities. Coordination should not be a design by default but rather well planned and budget for with clearly articulated goals.