Challenges facing the implementation of Rapid Results initiative strategy at National Environment Management Authority
Tialal, Christopher Leparan
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Rapid Results Approach has been adapted as a structured methodology for building and practicing Results Based Management (RBM) that is required for successful implementation of the Kenyan Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS). The power behind the approach is that it stimulates “group adrenalin” which is vital in overcoming inertia. It creates a sense of excitement that comes from working on achievement of short-term goals whose results have an impact on development. It further creates a sense of urgency, personal challenges, clearly defines success and raises stakes and visibility for success or failure. It enables people to collaborate in a new team spirit and lets them tap into their full potential of energy and creativity. This was a case study aimed to investigate the challenges facing the implementation of Rapid Results Initiative strategy at NEMA. It was a descriptive research design while data for the study was obtained from 20 Managers (Director General, Directors deputy directors and Chief Officers) within NEMA using interview guides and was analyzed using content analysis. Findings of the study revealed that although NEMA successfully implemented the RRI, the organization faced various challenges that included: lack of cooperation from staff since they were used to the old system; inadequate funds; poor strategic planning inadequate staff and resources; delayed communication and poor coordination between the departments. The study recommends that the Government should enact laws to provide legal and institutional frame work for PSR & PC to play a supervisory role over the government agencies implementing RRI programs to ensure that RBM guidelines are followed. NEMA should be strengthened and capacity built to effectively monitor and evaluate its RRI programs. This will be a departure from the current system where they train a few officers from various departments and expect them to champion the implementation process of RRI.