Title

Strategic management of the U.S. Global Food for Education (GFE) Program in Brazzaville, Congo : a case study of an IPHD-sponsored project

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Sora Friedman

Abstract

The government of the United States of America (U.S.A) funded a Global Feeding Program initiative in 38 developing countries in 2000 with the purpose to assist them in strengthening their education systems by improving the nutrition of the students. The Republic of the Congo was one of the recipients of the program, with the International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD) as the implementing agency. This research aimed to determine the lessons learned from the Global Food for Education (GFE) program in the Congo suggested that a sound management of a school feeding program required: a large consensus on the conception of the program accepted by all partners, an effective communication system among all participating parties, implication of all key partners in the planning, programming and the decision-making processes of the program, adoption and use transparent procedures in all operations of the program, an operational logistic and transport plan, a clear definition of the role and contributions to the program of all key partners including the state, a minimum standard of conditions to be met by each school recipient before being part of the program. The challenges the program faced and the strategies put in place to successfully achieve the expected results were also investigated. It was conducted through personal observations, an examination of documents, and through face-to-face interviews. The qualitative research method was applied in the form of a case study.

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