This week, PPI-SA’s Operations Manager, Ryan Douwie, discusses the Strategic Planning Process for PeacePlayers International – South Africa.
As part of strengthening our organizational capacity and seeking ways to improve our operations, PPI-SA hosts a strategic planning workshop at the end of each program year. Thanks to Glenridge Church, we had access to a venue that was conducive and accommodating to cater to our needs. Although our Strategic Planning workshops are hosted over three days, the preparation begins weeks, if not months before. In this case, a three-day workshop prior to the planning session was dedicated to looking back at the year with the essence of identifying our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The floor was given for discussion around our Operations, Basketball, Life Skills, Leadership Development Program, and Monitoring and Evaluation processes. This then set the stage for us to dissect our learnings in preparation for our strategic planning workshop.
November 21st – 23rd saw host to the 2011 PPI-SA strategic planning workshop. As we planned to get well-rounded feedback, most of the learning was done through discussion groups involving area coordinators and the operations team. One of the biggest dimensions of being successful at any level within the organization came from the support component. During the sessions, a lot of time was spent identifying strategic and practical implementations that could strengthen PPI-SA moving forward. Of the biggest strengths that we posses as a staff of PPI-SA is our passion for using basketball and life kills as vehicles to drive social chance. In 2012, we will seek innovative ways and means to continue to bring life changing lessons to the youth in Durban, South Africa.