Sequel to the success of the 3-day workshop on “Leading and Managing for Result” organised by the Academy for Health Development (AHEAD) for top management staff of Heartland Alliance International (HAI), a non-profit, organization working to bring high quality and respectful HIV prevention services to some of Nigeria’s most stigmatized groups, HAI requested for a similar workshop of 5-day duration to include basics of grantsmanship and project management for their mid-level officers. The training, which aimed to expose participants to basics of grant writing and project management principles in addition to strengthening their self-management competencies was carried out on Monday 27th August to Friday 1st September, 2017 at Owu Crowns Hotel, Ibadan, Nigeria.

The workshop was designed and implemented based on the principle that “successful health care for the 21st century calls for diversification of leadership capabilities and management styles that will enrich abilities to respond to the needs of all groups” (Richman et al. 2001, p. 271). We understand that in addition to brilliance and technical skills, the “people’s” management skill is required to successfully deliver technical competencies in order to achieve the desired change in our health systems hence the workshop included an integration of technical competencies in managerial and leadership trainings.

The workshop was designed to be interactive, the contents were based on current literatures and global best practices in project management.  Case studies, role plays, film shows and other facilitative methods were employed in the delivery of the subject matter. The workshop also involved individual and group exercises as well as input from the facilitators at the end of each group exercises. Participants were provided opportunities to raise questions or concerns throughout the workshop; power-point presentations were provided to participants in electronic form at the end of each day through their e-mail addresses.

Cross-Section of participants at the training

Adesegun Fatusi taking one of the sessions, “Overview of Grant Writing” at the training

Dele Bello speaking on “Effective Report Writing” during the training

A practical session on “Teamwork & Project Operations” with Olawunmi Fatusi

A cross-section of participants sorting out a group assignment