September 13, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Fambul Tok International, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Catalyst, yesterday Tuesday 12th September, 2017 ,kicked started a two- day consultation and strategic development workshop for the “Wan Fambul National Framework for inclusive governance and local development.
In his welcome address at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Conference Hall, Youyi Building, Director of Decentralisation Secretariat, Alhassan Joseph Kanu, said the meeting was to present a unique opportunity to support an in-depth proven community mobilisation process across Sierra Leone, in a way that also strengthens inclusive governance structures in all the district.
He said Fambul Tok Internatinal is a Sierrra Leone, non-Governmental Organisation that piloted the People’s Planning Process, and the Inclusive District Committees in Kailahun, Koinadugu and Moyamba District, which has recorded huge success.
He said the government’s interest in supporting the process was cemented at the November, 2016, inter-District Learning Conference where the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development committed to lead in bringing the people’s Planning Process to all districts nation-wide, after learning about the process and its exceptional result from the three pilot districts.
According to the Executive Director of Fambul Tok , John Cualker, that was the first time his organisation was working with the government of Sierra Leone directly and called on other civil society organisations to stop assuming.
In her presentation, Consultant on the design of the National Framework, Angela Yoder Maina, defined the framework as government owned policy and programme Framed document in partnership with civil society and short document that supports a common goal, component, objectives and activities.
She said the National Framework presents common approach, and tools to be used by all partners, supports national consultation to develop legitimacy and ownership.
In his keynote address, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maya Moiwo Kaikai, said the meeting was important because it has to do with the lives of the ordinary people in the country.
He said the meeting further complements the government to ensure that they work with the Civil Society Organizations with the aim of pushing the country forward and to also take governance to the doorstep of the ordinary Sierra Leonean.
He said he was pleased to see huge turnout of big personalities from the three districts to be part of the meeting and making meaningful contributions to achieving the aim of the prosperity of the nation.