Regional—Human Capital Development Plus (HCD+)

Client: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Duration: 2022-2023

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Burkina Faso

Solutions: Governance

DAI incubated Human Capital Development Plus (HDC+), a regional advocacy and technical assistance hub that contributes to increasing government commitment, funding, and accountability to developing human capacity across the continent.

We incubated HCD+ from a program sponsored within DAI into a fully registered and functional not-for-profit HCD hub in Nigeria to serve as a continental platform and critical partner for African governments. We provided assistance in setting up HCD+ to be an independent entity professionally staffed with tested processes, controls, and governance structures established to deliver on its vision.

HCD+ has the capability to serve as an African voice for advocacy, accountability, and transparency on issues of human capital. It seeks to accelerate political commitments, decision-making, and funding for key priorities toward realizing Sustainable Development Goals No. 1-6 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The initial phase focused on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

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Sample Activities

  • Collate and review relevant documentation to map out the different approaches and distill a single set of policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Finalize specifications of the hub’s organizational structure, its core mandate, and core responsibilities; link organizational functionality to the systems development needed to sustain the hub’s performance over time.
  • Develop a communication and engagement strategy to increase state-donor collaboration on technical assistance services, from design to deployment, to generate state and donor ownership of the outcome.
  • Monitor technical assistance for work quality, effectiveness, and impact. Conduct random and planned site visits to ensure effective implementation.

Select Results

  • Facilitated the initial setup of the organization, onboarded the preliminary team, and developed some critical processes and systems essential for the operationalization of the organization.
  • Developed the finance, human resources, and operations, contracts, and consultancy manuals for the Hub to set up the foundational block required for Africa HCD+ operational activities.


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