This Operational Plan is based on the WALIC Strategic Plan for the period 2013-2022. This document outlines the steps that are needed to put into operation the ideas and aspirations articulated in the WALIC’s 10-year (2013-2022) Strategic Plan finalized in January 2013 after a series of stakeholder consultations during 2012. The Objectives for the preparation of the Operational Plan include the development of Activities, Outputs and Outcomes that will contribute to the achievement of the goals stated in the Strategic Plan; development of Programmes and Sub-Programmes/Projects based on the four Themes developed and outlined in the Strategic Plan; providing estimates of operation and staff costs to the various Programmes in a robust manner; development of Logical Frameworks for the four Programmes; and development of a M&E Framework for WALIC. It is intended that the Operational Plan will serve as a source handbook or reference book from which other institutional documents such as Business Plans and Medium Term Plans will be developed. Based on the Goals stated for the four Themes developed in the Strategic Plan, four corresponding Programmes were developed, each with a suggested name and a broad Objective.

The four suggested programmes are:

  1. Livestock Genetic Improvement and Conservation (LIGIC) Programme for Theme 1;
  2. Value Chain Actors Capacity Building (VACACAB) Programme for Theme 2;
  3. Knowledge Management (KNOWMAN) Programme for Theme 3; and
  4. Advocacy and Partnership (ADVOPART) Programme for Theme 4.

Activities, Outputs and Outcomes were developed for each of the four Programmes. Logical Frameworks were developed for each Programme. Activities and outputs were phased into three periods, short (2013-14), medium (2015-2017) and long term (2018-2022). Staff requirements for the first five years were estimated for each Programme. The cost of each research and innovation in terms of staff costs and inputs costs for Programmes (Themes) 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the first 5 years of implementation were estimated to be 4.99, 3.12, 3.19 and 3.06 million USD, respectively.

Three funding scenarios were developed. In summary the Optimistic Scenario, taken as the projected cost in the WALIC Strategic Plan for research for the first five years (2013-2017) amounted to US$12.81 million. The slightly over-Optimistic Scenario was taken as the projection made in this Operational Plan which amounted to US$14.35 million. For the slightly less Optimistic Scenario, a conservative figure of 80% of the Optimistic Scenario funding was applied, resulting in an amount of US$10.25 million. It is assumed that the amounts stated for the various scenarios will be revised once a newly appointed Governing Council examines the funding environment and make recommendations to WALIC Management accordingly.

It is recommended that the infrastructural and refurbishment of the ITC (WALIC) facilities, including the purchase of equipment and livestock and, and the limited activities associated with the anticipated grant from the Islamic Development Bank be carried out starting in the middle of 2013, if funding is received in the course of 2013. The full WALIC Agenda should then be initiated in January 2014. However, the recruitment processes for the CEO, Research Managers and key Researchers should be initiated in the last quarter of 2013, for staff to be at post in January 2014. The first WALIC Medium Term Plan, drawing on the Operational Plan should then be completed by the key staff under the directions of the CEO by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

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