Location: Gaborone, Botswana Client: Government of Botswana
Objective of Assignment: To build the capacity of the HRD Advisory Council and support the development strategic sector based HRD plans.
CEI has been instrumental in helping countries to implement a more coherent approach to education and skills development through what has become known Human Resource Development. In Botswana the CEI team worked under a direct contract from the government helped build the capacity of the state and stakeholders to manage human resource development. This work must be seen in the light of the government’s 10th and 11th Economic Development Plan (EDP) and an attempt by government to diversify the country’s economy away from diamonds and towards more productive sectors that generate employment and support wealth creation. One of the constraints identified by the government hindering diversification is the lack of competent human resource. In this respect the government established the Human Resource Development (HRD) Advisory Council. The purpose of the advisory council was to help to establish a more coordinated, coherent and responsive approach to the human resource development. This would facilitate the restructuring of the country’s economy and support the implementation of the country’s EDP 10 and 11.
CEI was commissioned by the government of Botswana to build the capacity of the Human Resource Advisory Council. A number of areas of support were provided. The first centered on the support for the development an institutional framework for planning and a template for developing sector HRD strategies for targeted sectors. The setting-up of an institutional framework involved looking at how the different components of planning for HRD fitted together and what role labour market information played in this process. The development of a template identified how the HRD council, together with stakeholders, could develop HRD strategic plans for their sectors. A number of stages and processes were identified to facilitation the implementation of this framework. Once the template for HRD sector planning was developed CEI was commissioned to work with the HRD Advisory Council and partners to develop strategic plans for a number of sectors. This work has been on-going for a number of years and has resulted in the successful development of HRD strategic plan for the following sectors: Minerals, Energy and Water, Tourism and Hospitality, Agriculture and the Creative Industries. Each of these strategies involved extensive dialogue and discussions with partners working in the sector.
A key part of this work involved building the planning capacity of those working at the HRD Advisory council. This involved on-the-job mentoring and focused on government counterparts playing a junior consultant role in the delivery of the project. Under this process the junior consultant were given defined responsibilities and outputs. This ensured commitment was achieved during the assignment from government counterparts for successful implementation. Towards the end of this project the Human Resource Advisory Council became an Advisory Council and new legislation was enacted to support the new structure and their planning function. The Human Resource Advisory Council is now rolling out a number of HRD sector strategies in key sectors that the government is supporting under the EDP11.