SHRM Collaboration Across Africa on Membership Engagement & Promotion of HR Certification Reveals More Shared HR Challenges Than Differences!

I had the privilege recently of visiting three African countries – Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa – to support the efforts of SHRM’s member engagement groups and licensed delivery partners. While SHRM doesn’t have full chapters outside the US, our experiment with informal ‘SHRM Forums’ has proven quite successful, creating local opportunities to engage and network with other SHRM members in the same country and boosting membership. And our delivery partners are promoting an awareness of the SHRM HR Competency Model, SHRM Certification, and the formation of group international delegations to the SHRM Annual Conference.

A partial view of attendees at the SHRM Forum/Ghana – CITAM event
at the Best Western Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

The most vibrant expression of this was at an event organized by the SHRM Forum/Ghana and CITAM, an HR training company, that together attracted 167 HR professionals, CEOs and other managers from MNCs and Ghanaian companies to an half-day session at the Best Western Hotel in Accra. Focused on the theme, “Global HR Trends and Competencies Required for Organizational Success”, I shared the podium as a speaker with HR leaders from Sandvik and Tullow Oil who shared perspectives about their HR operations, which was followed by a panel discussion of nine CHROs, CEOs, and the Deputy Chief of Mission from the US Embassy who commented on all three presentations, sharing insights into what they expected from HR.