In July 2016, I had the opportunity to go to Kenya to facilitate the roll out of IMPACT Team Network training. It was good timing as it also gave me the chance to work with the entire Kenya team and learn what more about the approach and how it is implemented.
When on board my flight to Nairobi where I had not traveled for more than 20 years, I had a lot of questions on my mind. I contemplated how the Kenyan participants would react to being told now by a small Tanzanian guy to use the IMPACT Team approach to improve their supply chain, and at the same time, how I could learn from them. I needed to learn the approach so that I would be able to apply it later. Thinking about all of these things made the short flight even shorter.
I landed safely in Nairobi and drove with the team to Kakamega county, wondering about the flyover network of roads in Nairobi and enjoying the scenery of the countryside along the way to our destination. During the first IMPACT Team Network training that I facilitated (for Nandi and Kakamega counties) I could feel the warmth of the Kenyan people, despite the cold weather. The enthusiasm and ambition shown by participants was very encouraging and I honestly believe there will be significant improvement in the county supply chains using the IMPACT Team network approach.
The Kajiado County training was not different from the Kakamega and Nandi training, I saw how data and information can surprise people when they learn how their county is performing—the best part is the ambition to correct the situation or make improvements to reach their desired target.
From the experience that I got on this trip, I’ve seen first-hand how the availability of data in simplified infographics can be a very powerful tool for change and decision making, and how the IMPACT Team Network approach has inspired the county leaders to enact change. I can’t wait to see the impact it will have to the counties’ supply chains.
Matiko Machagge is a Regional Technical Advisor based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania