In the spring of 2011, Synergy provided training to the Millennium Challenge Accounts in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Tanzania on the effective use of their recently established Management Information Systems (MIS). The MIS is a web-based database system that stores, analyzes, and reports mission-critical data to support results-based management.
The training served to reinforce the capacity of MCA staff on various aspects of the MIS, from data reporting and validation to analytics and reporting. As explained by MCA Lesotho’s MIS Manager, Mr. Litlhokoe Mohlomi, “MCA Lesotho has many sections with specific tasks; MIS helps bring information about those tasks together to show the bigger picture”. Using both theory and practical facilitation methods, various groups of MCA staff got to see the ins and outs of the MIS. Part of the training consisted of the interactive sessions that enabled participants to familiarize themselves with the MIS by performing analytical and reporting exercises.
It is important to note that each MIS is specifically tailored to the particular needs and requirements of the given MCA. Synergy staff continues to travel to Lesotho, Mozambique, and Tanzania to enhance the MIS capacities of these MCA, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the MCAs will fully manage the MIS by themselves in the future.