Participants at the launch of New African Delivery Units Network

The African Delivery Units Network, a unique platform for government delivery units across the continent, has been launched in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

The new network, spearheaded by the African Development Bank was launched mid-January at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the International Conference on the Emergence of Africa. Its purpose is to provide a unique platform for peer learning and sharing of best practices and expertise in the field.

Delivery units are small highly skilled teams working at the center of government to help line ministries accelerate delivery of top priority programs and initiatives – have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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In Uganda the Office of the Prime Minister runs the delivery unit headed by former Finance minister Ezra Suruma. The unit coordinates ministries in the delivery of government plans and programmes.

The launch in Senegal was preceded by a lively panel discussion in which delivery unit heads from Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Idris Jala, CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of Malaysia (PEMANDU), shared insights and lessons on setting up and running delivery units within the context of ambitious economic transformation targets.

Jala presented PEMANDU’s delivery model: “Big Fast Results,” generating rich discussion about its relevance to the African context and circumstances. Panel members also shared their experiences, achievements and challenges in tracking and reporting results, organizing delivery labs and instilling a high performance culture.

The panel also highlighted the critical success factors to establishing delivery units, including: strong leadership focused on a limited set of top level priorities, tight budget alignment with key priorities, relentless focus on execution through routine tracking and reporting, strong analytical capability and effective relationship management.

Government delivery units are critical in driving high impact flagship programs and reforms in support of national development plans.

“Delivery Units respond to rising public expectations for faster results, tangible benefits, effective accountability in the use of resources and greater value for money, official said.

The African Delivery Units Network is made up of government delivery units established on the continent and development partners.